ChevronTexaco posted the following statement today in response to a news release issued by Tengizchevroil in Kazakhstan on Saturday, Jan. 25.
ChevronTexaco confirmed on Monday, Jan. 27, that the partners of Tengizchevroil (TCO) have reached an agreement that enables Tengizchevroil to move ahead with the expansion of the Tengiz field. TCO partners are immediately lifting the suspension and reactivating expansion of TCO's Second Generation and Sour Gas Injection Projects (SGP/SGI).
The expansion project was suspended late last year while the partners developed a means for funding.
Peter Robertson, vice chairman, ChevronTexaco said, "Over the last few months, the TCO partners worked hard to find a mutually agreeable solution. As a result of these discussions, and consistent with the principles outlined in the TCO Formation Agreement, we were able to agree on a funding plan that would support TCO expansion and at the same time, provide for the diverse financial needs of all of the partners. ChevronTexaco continues to have a strong and long term commitment to Kazakhstan as demonstrated by our ten years of investing about four billion dollars in a wide variety of assets throughout the country."
Robertson added, "Our current operations at TCO are running extremely well and continue to add significant value to the Republic of Kazakhstan and to all the TCO partners. We believe the SGP and SGI expansion projects will further build on this success and result in additional investments of well over three billion dollars, bringing significant financial and economic benefits to Kazakhstan."
"This agreement, as it is implemented, will provide a very positive statement about Kazakhstan's investment climate and its outlook for continued growth and prosperity," said Robertson.
Tengizchevroil is a joint venture partnership of ChevronTexaco (50 percent), ExxonMobil (25 percent), Kazmunaigaz (20 percent) and LukArco (5 percent), in developing the Tengiz oil field in Kazakhstan.
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This press release of ChevronTexaco Corporation contains forward-looking statements relating to ChevronTexaco's operations and investments in Kazakhstan that are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections about the petroleum. Words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "targets," "projects," "believes," "seeks," "estimates" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond our control and are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this report. Unless legally required, ChevronTexaco undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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Updated: January 2003