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National Champions to increase Kazakhstan's exports and GDP

National Champions are expected to develop Kazakhstan's industry and considerably increase non-commodity exports by 2018.

National Champions to increase Kazakhstan's exports and GDP
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Scientists discover vast undersea freshwater reserves

Australian researchers said Thursday they had established the existence of vast freshwater reserves trapped beneath the ocean floor which could sustain future generations as current sources dwindle.

Scientists discover vast undersea freshwater reserves
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Max Petroleum to drill two more wells at Uytas field

Kazakhstan-focused British Max Petroleum is planning to drill two more wells in the Uytas field.

Max Petroleum to drill two more wells at Uytas field
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British Max Petroleum strikes oil in Kazakhstan

British Max Petroleum PLC has discovered oil at Sagiz West and Uitas fields in Atyrau oblast in western Kazakhstan.

British Max Petroleum strikes oil in Kazakhstan
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MangistauMunaiGas to drill five wells for bitumen plant

Drilling of five new wells by MangistauMunaiGas in Kalamkas and Zhetybai fields is probably related to demand for new supplies to the bitumen plant in Aktau: expert.

MangistauMunaiGas to drill five wells for bitumen plant
Greenpeace protests Shell Arctic drilling at Belgian GP
Greenpeace protests Shell Arctic drilling at Belgian GP

Greenpeace activists paraglided to the top of the main stand of the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday to protest against drilling in the Arctic by the race's main sponsor, the Shell oil giant.

Greenpeace protests Shell Arctic drilling at Belgian GP
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Atyrau oblast residents threatened by boiling underground gases

Residents of Atyrau oblast are outraged at the abandoned well 800 meters from Zhanbai village that is blowing with boiling mixtures of underground gases.

Atyrau oblast residents threatened by boiling underground gases
Activists plant North Pole flag to fight oil drilling
Activists plant North Pole flag to fight oil drilling

Activists have planted a flag at the North Pole along with millions of signatures calling for the Arctic to be declared a global sanctuary protected from oil drilling.

Activists plant North Pole flag to fight oil drilling
S. Korea flexes muscles with naval exercise
S. Korea flexes muscles with naval exercise

South Korea staged a naval exercise involving US surveillance aircraft on Tuesday, flexing its military muscles at a time of high tensions on the Korean Peninsula following the North's third nuclear test.

S. Korea flexes muscles with naval exercise
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S. Korea, US drill begins under nuclear test cloud

South Korea and the United States launched a joint naval exercise involving a US nuclear submarine Monday, as tensions rise on the Korean peninsula ahead of an expected nuclear test by North Korea.

S. Korea, US drill begins under nuclear test cloud
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Striking drillers of Mangistau oblast promised 13th salary

Striking workers of Si Bu Engineering Drilling Company went back to work after a successful meeting with their oblast's Governor.

Striking drillers of Mangistau oblast promised 13th salary
Mars rover readies first rock drilling
Mars rover readies first rock drilling

The Mars rover Curiosity will soon begin to drill into the Red Planet for the first time, mission officials said Tuesday ahead of the highly anticipated endeavor.

Mars rover readies first rock drilling
Grounded Alaska oil rig refloated, no pollution seen
Grounded Alaska oil rig refloated, no pollution seen

An oil rig which ran aground in Alaska has been refloated and is being towed to a nearby harbor, with no signs of pollution seen.

Grounded Alaska oil rig refloated, no pollution seen
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US fines Transocean $1.4 bn over Gulf oil disaster

The United States hit drilling rig operator Transocean with $1.4 billion in criminal and civil fines Thursday for its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

US fines Transocean $1.4 bn over Gulf oil disaster
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Australia plans drill of ancient Antarctic ice core

Australia Saturday announced plans to drill a 2,000 year-old ice core in the heart of Antarctica in a bid to retrieve a frozen record of how the planet has evolved and what might be in store.

Australia plans drill of ancient Antarctic ice core
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Lebanon ready to drill for offshore gas: minister

Lebanon is technically ready to start drilling for offshore natural gas reserves, its energy minister said on Monday, after exploration in around half the country's exclusive economic zone was completed.

Lebanon ready to drill for offshore gas: minister
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Rompetrol started drilling first well in Romania

Upstream division (exploration and production) of Rompetrol group starts drilling the first exploration well at Fokshani block in Romania.

Rompetrol started drilling first well in Romania
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Kazakhstan floats its first Kazakhstan-made drilling rig

KazMunaiGas, along with KNOC, completed manufacturing of a submersible drilling barge Caspian Explorer; it was officially floated on June 14.

Kazakhstan floats its first Kazakhstan-made drilling rig
KazMunayGas Chairman of the Board Kairgeldy Kabyldin. focus.kz stock photo
KazMunayGas and KC Kazakh B.V. of South Korea agree on a drill rig at jointly developed Zhambyl oil block

Early next year the drill rig will be delivered to the Caspian Sea in separate blocks.

KazMunayGas and KC Kazakh B.V. of South Korea agree on a drill rig at jointly developed Zhambyl oil block

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