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Kazakhstan Gives Chevron Unit a Week to Resume Work (Update1)

November 01, 2006

Kazakhstan Prime Minister Danial Akhmetov ordered Chevron Corp. (CVX:US)'s local unit to resume work building a natural-gas refinery within one week, after a brawl between Kazakh and Turkish workers in the western region of Atyrau.

The brawl occurred on Oct. 20 and left one Indian, two Kazakh and 193 Turkish workers injured. About 200 police officers are now guarding the construction site, according to J. Todd Levy, the general director of the venture, Tengizchevroil LLP.

``The police don't guard construction sites of private companies anywhere in the world,'' Akhmetov told Levy, according to a statement posted by the Kazakh government on its Web site today. ``If within this period no measures are undertaken, you will create a precedent in Kazakhstan -- an international conflict.''

The injured personnel were employees of Senimdi Kyrylys builder, which isn't a Tengizchevroil contractor, Levy told Akhmetov, according to the statement.

The brawl had no effect on the venture's oil production. Chevron's venture, the largest oil producer in Kazakhstan, is building the refinery as part of its plan to double oil output to about 500,000 barrels a day in the second half of 2007.

``It's necessary to punish those who are guilty, including executives,'' Akhmetov said, according to the statement. The Kazakh Internal Affairs Ministry will investigate Senimdi Kyrylys operations.

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