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    KAZAKHSTAN SOON TO GET ON TOP THREE IN CIS GAS DRILLING & EXPORTS

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    ASTANA, MARCH 3, RIA NOVOSTI - Kazakhstan will, by 2010, become one of the three CIS leading countries for gas drilling and exports, announced a government session.

    Prime Minister Danial Ahmetov had the chair at today's session, which discussed a draft programme for gas industrial progress, reports the government press service.

    A development programme for 2004-10 promises to bring Kazakhstan into the number of countries leading the world for proved natural gas deposits, said the conferees. According to experts of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Kazakhstan's prospected and estimated gas deposits exceed three trillion cubic metres. Yields are expected to increase more than fivefold by 2010 to reach an approximate annual 60 billion cu m.

    Implementation of organisational and normative aspects of the programme will lend a considerable social and economic effect, bring essential achievements in environment protection, and help to comply with international cleanliness standards, said the Prime Minister.

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