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Kazakhstan Daily News Roundup – August 26, 2011 0

Posted on August 27, 2011 by Alex

ENERGY:

LG Chem to build $4-billion petrochemical plant in Kazakhstan
(SRI) – LG Chem, South Korea’s largest chemical company, signed a $4-billion deal on Thursday to develop a long-planned petrochemical complex in Kazakhstan, the company said in a statement.

Kazakhstan, Korea agree on guarantees for the Balkhash power plant project
(SRI) – Kazakhstan and South Korea signed an “intergovernmental agreement” on Thursday guaranteeing Korean companies a 70% stake in a $4.5-billion project to develop and finance the construction of a coal-fired power plant in the city of Balkhash.

Kazakhmys sells oil unit for $100 million (SRI)

KazMunaiGas, Korean oil consortium sign agreement on drilling rig (SRI)

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:

Development Bank of Kazakhstan loses $61 million in first half (SRI)

Indicators – August 25, 2011 (Reuters)

METALS AND MINING:

Kazakhmys to buy back $250 million of shares listed in London
(SRI) – Kazakhstan’s Kazakhmys, a London-listed copper miner, said on Thursday its first-half profit before tax declined to $550 million from $631 million in the previous year and announced a share buyback worth up to $250 million.

Kazakhmys approves Bozshakol development project
(SRI) – Kazakhstan’s largest miner Kazakhmys has approved a $1.8-billion development of the Bozshakol deposit, a major copper growth project equivalent to a third of Kazakhmys’ current output, the miner said as it presented its first-half earnings.

Glencore to consider options for gold assets in 2012 (SRI)

Kazzinc accumulates copper concentrate stockpile worth $127 million (SRI)

Kazakhmys welcomes central bank’s decision to buy Kazakh gold (SRI)

REGIONAL:

PetroChina in Dushanzi refinery overhaul – sources (Reuters)

Russian spaceship crashes back to Earth (AFP)

SOURCE: http://silkroadintelligencer.com/2011/08/26/

 

Kazakhstan Daily News Roundup – August 18, 2011 0

Posted on August 19, 2011 by Alex

ENERGY:

On the move: Shell-led oil consortium names new head
(SRI) – Caspi Meruerty Operating Company B.V. (CMOC) has named Aslan Shapabayev the venture’s director general, the Trend news agency reported on Wednesday, citing the press office of Kazakh oil company KazMunaiTeniz.

Lukoil to abandon two offshore exploration projects in Kazakhstan (SRI)

Fluor awarded CPC expansion contract (SRI)

KazMunaiGas shareholders approve intergation of NBK subsidiary (SRI)

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:

Halyk to buy back 50% of preferred shares in 2011 – CEO
(SRI) – Halyk Bank, Kazakhstan’s second-largest lender by assets, may buy back more than half of its preferred shares held by the state-owned holding and investment company Samruk-Kazyna by the end of the year, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

Kazakhstan to harvest 18.9 million tonnes in 2011 – forecast (SRI)

National Fund for Innovation to set up two venture funds (Interfax)

Indicators – August 17, 2011 (Reuters)

METALS AND MINING:

Glencore rumored to seek a stake in ENRC again
(SRI) – The world’s largest commodity trader Glencore International AG plans to acquire a 14.59% stake in Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) from one of the company’s founders, Alexander Mashkevich, Israeli news portal IzRus reported on Wednesday.

ENRC corporate governance review to be concluded mid-September (SRI)

ENRC first-half income grows 29% on higher commodity prices (SRI)

Ex-head of ENRC set for board as charges dropped – FT (Reuters)

Mining Machines supplies equipment to Kazchrome (Interfax)

SOCIETY:

Kazakhstan to buy Russian helicopters for ambulance aviation (Trend)

Striking oil workers’ leader sentenced in Kazakhstan (RFE/RL)

SOURCE: http://silkroadintelligencer.com/2011/08/18/

 

Kazakhstan Daily News Roundup – July 14, 2011 0

Posted on July 13, 2011 by KazCham

Kazakhstan Daily News Roundup – May 16, 2011 0

Posted on May 16, 2011 by KazCham

HEADLINES:

New focus on “people’s IPO” following election
(bne) – With Kazakhstan’s presidential elections out of the way, the focus in Astana is on the “People’s IPOs”. Plans to sell minority stakes in various state-owned enterprises are a little behind schedule, but due to take place by the end of the year.

ENERGY:

MIE Holdings issues $400-million bond to buy Kazakh oil junior (SRI)

Max Petroleum begins drilling NARS-1 exploration well on Narmundanak South prospect(Proactive Investors)

Tub-Karagan-2 exploration well completed (Interfax)

Uranium One turns a profit in the first quarter, posts record revenue (Proactive Investors)

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:

Kazkommertsbank issues $300-million Eurobond
(SRI) – Kazkommertsbank, Kazakhstan’s largest lender by assets, has placed a seven-year Eurobond worth $300 million at an annual rate of 8.50% on May 5, the bank said last week.

Kazakh bank BTA returns to profit, may sell assets
(Reuters) – Kazakh bank BTA is open to offers for its Belarussian and Turkish assets and will seek to expand lending to the retail sector and small businesses at home this year, the bank’s chief executive said last Thursday.

Kazakhstan Temir Zholy repays $450-million Eurobond (SRI)

Asian Development Bank to lend $500 million to Kazakhstan for SMEs (SRI)

On the move: Samruk-Kazyna (SRI)

Kazakhstan GDP grows 6.6% in Q1 – statistics agency (Reuters)

Kazakhstan oligarch suffers setback in London legal battle (EurasiaNet)

Indicators – May 13, 2011 (Reuters)

METALS AND MINING:

Glencore’s $7.6-billion Kazakh business under threat
(Telegraph) – Kazakhstan’s leading opposition figures have accused Glencore of benefiting from an illegal privatisation of assets, amid fears the recent commodities sell-off could hurt the company’s valuation or force it to pull its $61-billion flotation.

ENRC warns on cost pressures, Q1 output rises (Reuters)

POLITICS:

Kazakhstan making steady progress against corruption (The Hill)

Kazakhstan: Washington experts go on spin cycle (Eurasia Review)

Kazakhstan and NATO preparing for a new partnership stage (Interfax)

 

Kazakhstan Daily News Roundup – May 12, 2011 0

Posted on May 12, 2011 by KazCham

ENERGY:

Oil: Kazakhs fear China at the gate
(Financial Times) – The opposition in Kazakhstan is known for political apathy, but one thing that really winds it up is China’s growing influence in the oil-rich central Asian country, which it sees as a threat to national security.

KazMunaiGas EP withdraws from Iraqi gas project
(Reuters) – Kazakh oil and gas company KazMunaiGas Exploration Production has withdrawn from talks to develop the Akkas natural gas field in Iraq, the company said on Wednesday, citing unresolved issues.

On the move: Deputy Oil and Gas Minister; Deputy Chairman of Samruk-Kazyna
(SRI) – Former Deputy Akim (Governor) of the Western Kazakhstan region Berik Tolumbayev has been appointed Deputy Oil and Gas Minister, Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov said on Wednesday.

KazMunaiGas Q1 net profit rises to $810 million (Reuters)

Roxi reverses Kazakh farm-out (Upstream Online)

Majilis approves bill on state regulation of fuel prices (Interfax)

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:

New credit cycle begins in Kazakhstan
(bne) – The economic recovery in Kazakhstan, driven by strong commodities prices, helped pull the country’s troubled banking sector out of the crisis. And lending, which starting to resume in late 2010, is expected to pick up as Kazakhstan enters a new credit cycle.

Kazakh billionaire buys $600-million Moscow Ritz ahead of Glencore windfall
(Telegraph) – Verny Capital, the Kazakh private equity firm whose lead investor is billionaire Bulat Utemuratov, has bought Moscow’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel, ahead of a $3.2-billion payout from the Glencore IPO.

Kazakh central bank says lending conditions to ease this quarter
(Bloomberg) – Kazakhstan’s central bank expects lending conditions to ease in the second quarter as competition for “quality borrowers” reduces the cost of money.

Indicators – May 11, 2011 (Reuters)

METALS AND MINING:

Glencore’s Kazakh partner may invest $3.2-billion gains in gold IPO
(Telegraph) – Glencore’s Kazakh partner may reinvest part of its $3.2bn (?2bn) IPO gains in the London flotation of Glencore’s Kazakh gold business.

Orsu Metals announces updated mineral resources for its Karchiga project (Marketwire)

POLITICS:

Former Kazakh Health Minister’s trial set (RFE/RL)

SOURCE: http://silkroadintelligencer.com/2011/05/12/kazakhstan-daily-news-roundup-may-12-2011/

Kazakhstan Daily News Roundup – May 10, 2011 0

Posted on May 10, 2011 by KazCham

HEADLINES:

Glencore to increase stake in Kazzinc; Kazakh presidential advisor to reap profits
(SRI) – Glencore, the Swiss commodity trader which is poised to complete a record $11-billion IPO this month, is set to increase its stake in Kazakh miner Kazzinc and make a close presidential advisor a billionaire in the process.

Kazakh leaders talk up upcoming “people’s IPO”
(SRI) – The “people’s IPO” privatization program will be implemented transparently and will provide equal access to all Kazakh participants, head of the state holding and investment company Samruk-Kazyna, Timur Kulibayev, said on Friday.

On the move: government, KazMunaiGas, KaR-Tel
(SRI) – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev made several senior level appointments last week, the presidential press office reported.

ENERGY:

Tethys exploratory wells under test (Oil and Gas Journal)

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:

Kaspi Bank Q1 profit rises to $10 million (SRI)

Temirbank reports $6.1-million first-quarter income (SRI)

Kazakhstan’s foreign reserves grow 5.9% in April (SRI)

Monthly inflation 0.5% in April (SRI)

EPC approves 7% economic growth plan (Interfax)

Indicators – May 6, 2011 (Reuters)

METALS AND MINING:

ENRC shareholders want board to face election, FT says (Bloomberg)

Frontier Mining acquires new deposit to expand Benkala copper mine (Proactive Investors)

POLITICS:

Kazakhs appoint new customs chief after China smuggling probe (Bloomberg)

REGIONAL:

Central Asian nations feel the pinch of dwindling fuel supplies as Russia tightens supplies (AP – Washington Post)

China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan hold anti-terror drill

(AFP)



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