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Company Response

15 Dec 2014

Karachaganak Petroleum Operating BV (KPO)

KPO response

…Karachaganak Petroleum Operating BV (KPO)…remains committed to achieving the highest standards of environment and safety performance and compliance with the applicable RoK legislation and regulations. We continue to be concerned that children and teachers were taken ill at the Berezovka village school over the past fortnight…While the cause of the incident remains unknown, KPO is actively participating in the Berezovka incident investigation and…is providing all relevant data including information from operational facilities and environmental monitoring stations to the investigating authorities…There has been much speculation about the recent flaring of gas on 27th November 2014.  Flares are important safety practices. They safely burn excess gases which are not used in the KPO processing plant.  That is why KPO believes it is an error to assume that on this day there was a release, emission or leak of gas, including hydrogen sulphide, in excess of permitted levels. Regular environmental monitoring in and around the field is carried out by independent third parties as well as KPO…There is also a monitoring regime for surface water, ground water and soils…[O]ver 100,000 samples are taken and analysed annually.