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ATYRAU, Kazakhstan Dec 7 Kazakhstan's giant
offshore Kashagan field is expected to produce 8.9 million
tonnes of oil in 2017 (about 192,000 barrels per day), Kazakh
Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev told Reuters on Wednesday.
Kashagan had produced more than 600,000 tonnes (4.7 million
barrels) since test pumping started there on Sept. 28, of which
more than 500,000 tonnes had been exported, he said.
Bozumbayev also said his country was in talks with OPEC and
non-OPEC oil producers and would support the organisation's
stance on reducing output.
"It is important that all the other (parties to the talks)
reach an agreement," Bozumbayev said. "We have calculated our
(production and consumption) balance and we have our own clear
position. Our oil producers will not suffer."
Bozumbayev said on Tuesday he planned to attend a Dec. 10
meeting of OPEC and non-OPEC producers in Vienna, but did not
commit to any output cuts.
Kazakhstan's output has been falling for the last three
years, but Kashagan's launch is set to reverse the trend and the
Central Asian country has previously said it did not want to cut
(Reporting by Mariya Gordeyeva; Writing by Andrew Osborn and
Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Maria Kiselyova and Jane Merriman)