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ASTANA Dec 9 Kazakhstan may offer to freeze its
oil output at last month's level at the talks between OPEC and
non-OPEC producers in Vienna, Kazakh Energy Minister Kanat
Bozumbayev said on Friday.
"We had record-high output (in November) and we think we can
at least talk about freezing at the November level on our part,"
Bozumbayev told reporters on the eve of the meeting at which the
cartel hopes to persuade non-member producers to join it in
reducing oil production.
Non-OPEC producers are expected to contribute a combined cut
of 600,000 barrels per day (bpd), with the half coming from
Russia, the world's top oil producer and the biggest producer
Bozumbayev did not say how much oil Kazakhstan, the
second-biggest ex-Soviet oil producer after Russia, pumped in
November. According to official data, daily output was 234,500
tonnes (about 1.8 million barrels) as of November 27.
This includes output from the giant Kashagan field where
commercial output began last month, making it hard for the
Central Asian nation to cut its total production.
(Reporting by Raushan nurshayeva; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov;
Editing by Polina Devitt)