RUSSIA TO TAP THIRD OIL PROVINCE IN W. SIBERIA

Russia plans to begin commercial oil production in a third western Siberian province, Novosibirsk. Lying south of Tyumen and Tomsk provinces, Novosibirsk holds a number of small oil fields in its northern sector near the border with Tomsk province. But none of the deposits has been developed. The first Novosibirsk field to go on production is likely to be Verkh-Tarkskoye, Itar-Tass news agency reported. Recoverable reserves are estimated at 24.5 million metric tons (179 million bbl).

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