Vladimir Shkolnik, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan answers the questions of Petroleum magazine
Mr.Shkolnik, last year the world energy market faced truly tectonic changes, caused by falling prices of hydrocarbons. In turn, it affected the profitability of alternative energy, projects for the extraction of shale oil, etc. What changes are resulted in the plans of the Government of Kazakhstan in the energy area in connection with such a situation? What place takes currently the oil and gas industry in the system of energy security?
In early October, during KIOGE, the Deputy General Director of KazTransOil JSC Bulat Zakirov talked about importance of developing the transit potential of Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan-China pipeline operates successfully; CPC pipeline expansion is about to be completed; tankers cross the Caspian Sea -everything allows us thinking of new stage of developing the oil transportation system of the country. Mr.Zakirov answered the questions of Petroleum magazineon the sidelines of the Conference.
Marat Shaidollayevich, KPO company is one of the major investors in the Kazakhstani economy. Economic and social wellbeing of the Western Kazakhstan region directly depends on successful development of the project. How does the company feel under the circumstances of world oil prices decline?
In 2013, KAZENERGY Association decided to prepare a comprehensive document containing information about the current state and growth prospects of Kazakhstan’s oil and gas, coal, uranium, heat and electric power industries. The main goal was to obtain structured data that would provide a clear picture of the situation in the country’s fuel and energy sector (FES), examining the main issues facing the industries within the sector, determining priority measures that need to be taken to address these issues and offering long-term forecasts for the sector’s growth.
After last year`s successful carbonate reservoir workshop, ExxonMobil Kazakhstan Inc. (EMKI) organized a second workshop for 20 employees of National Company KazMunayGas and its subsidiaries. The workshop was held in Atyrau, the production base for Tengiz and Kashagan projects.
Zirax now is a group of companies specializing in the oilfield chemicals and includes production, R&D and service companies. Such cooperation helps to realize the full cycle of creating new products and technologies and implementation them to the market (Fig. 1). As a result customers receive the best products and efficient technology for their fields and wells.
Kazakhstan's oil and gas industry is going through a rough time. Depletion of the resource base has been aggravated by the oil price crash on the global market. In a nutshell, oil companies operate with razor-thin profit margins, the future of the Kashagan project is still unclear, and the industry that until recently used to be a donor of the national budget is desperately asking for government subsidies.
Atyrau refinery is always ahead in all major undertakings in our country. Firstly, it is the firstborn of Kazakhstan oil refining- this year it celebrated its seventieth anniversary. Secondly, this is the first plant, where the modernization was started: very soon it will result in production of environmentally friendly fuels, in compliance with K-5 standard. Thirdly, theAtyrau refinery became the first enterprise in the country, producing the petrochemical products: this year it started producing the benzene and paraxylene
Shymkent oil refinery is experiencing a rebirth the year of its 30th anniversary. After completion of the ongoing work on modernization and reconstruction of the refinery, the depth of processing will increase and the production rate will reach 6 million tons of oil per year, and the refinery will produce the motor fuels of the ecological classes K4 and K5, in accordance with the requirements of the technical regulations of the Customs Union.
National company "KazTransGas" implements the order, issued by the President of Kazakhstan on gasification of Astana and the northern regions of Kazakhstan. The meeting of the Kazakhstan-British Intergovernmental Commission on trade-economic, scientific-technical and cultural cooperation took place in the course of the visit of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to the UK. Within the framework of the meeting, Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between «KazTransGas» JSC and the British Independent Power Corporation PLC.
"A good partof motor transport in Russia belongs to the previous generation. Reliability of operating mechanisms becomes vital for the vehicle. By corresponding to API and ACEA standards, Motul Technosynthese ® products provide the required post-warranty protection for the cars,”- comments Andrey Laushkin, Head of Technical Department of Motul.
In the beginning of October Almaty hosted the annual oil and gas events for twenty-third time: 23-th International Conference "Oil and Gas" KIOGE-2015 and the International Exhibition KIOGE-2015. Vice Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan Magzum Mirzagaliev stated, when opening a plenary meeting of the Conference: “KIOGE is a right place to reach agreements and a springboard for implementation of promising projects.