News 19 Jan. 2016

Curtis Advises Kazakhstan on Amended Agreement for Kashagan Project

Astana, Kazakhstan, January 19, 2016 – Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP represented the Republic of Kazakhstan in negotiations with the North Caspian Sea Consortium under the North Caspian Sea Production Sharing Agreement (NCSPSA) relating to the giant Kashagan oil field.‎

The negotiations resulted in the signing of an agreement on December 30, 2015 which implements and amends a Settlement Agreement signed in late 2014 to resolve a number of operational, financial and environmental matters. Following the signing of the new agreement, the Authority under the NCSPSA approved Amendment 5 to the Kashagan Development Plan and Development Budget.

The NCSPSA Contracting Companies are: Agip Caspian Sea B.V., CNPC Kazakhstan B.V., ExxonMobil Kazakhstan Inc., Inpex North Caspian Sea, Ltd, KMG Kashagan B.V., Shell Kazakhstan Development B.V. and Total E&P Kazakhstan. North Caspian Operating Company N.V. is the delegated Operator of operations under the NCSPSA on behalf of the Contracting Companies.

The Curtis team of lawyers handling the negotiations was led by partner Eric Gilioli along with associates Nurlan Mukhitdinov and Veronica Akimkanova.‎ Partners Askar Moukitdinov (Kazakh law issues), Andrew Otis (environmental matters) and Benard Preziosi (arbitration questions) led in their respective areas.

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