In the state, as a rule, there are industries that occupy a dominant position in its development.
In the Western regions of our country since the beginning of the twentieth century significant reserves of hydrocarbons have been discovered. Accelerated development of oil and gas fields, especially during the years of independence of Kazakhstan, allowed to turn the oil and gas industry into a locomotive of the country's economy.
This year, the oil industry of Kazakhstan celebrates an important date, the 25th anniversary of Tengizchevroil. A quarter of a century ago, on April 6, 1993, a historical agreement was concluded with Chevron transnational corporation on joint development of the giant oil field of Tengiz; it was known as the “contract of the century”.
At the beginning of April of the current year the joint venture Tengizchevroil celebrated the 25 anniversary of its operation in Kazakhstan.
Mendesh Salikhov is a very popular figure in oil circles, and yes, you can say legendary. In the industry, he rose from a production operator to the head of the largest oil company of the country. After resigning from the position of the President and Chairman of Mangistaumunaigas joint-stock company in 1997, he went into private business, created and managed such companies as Oil Insurance Company and CatKaz LLP oilfield service company. In addition to being a great professional, Mendesh Khalelovich is also an individual concerned, having his own opinion on all things and processes taking place in our society. In the interview to the Petroleum journal he talks about events he participated in, and also shares his thoughts on the current state of affairs in the industry.
Petroleum continues its cycle of interviews “Generals”, with people who were present at the establishment of the oil and gas sector in sovereign Kazakhstan, people who, in terms of the status and authority they enjoy among their colleagues, can rightfully be called “oil generals”. Among those to whom this term can be applied in full is, in spite of his age, today’s guest.
He is just 50, and in 1993, when, along with Kadyr Baikenov and Baltabek Kuandykov, he was included by the head of state in the process of organizing the international consortium to carry out prospecting work in the Caspian Sea, he was just 31. In 1997 he was given the medal “For special services” by the president for this work, and was later awarded the order of “Kurmet”. Zhakyp Marabayev now works as deputy managing director of the company NCOC, and on the eve of the launch of commercial production at Kashagan he recalls how it all began.
Sukhan Maksutovich Kamalov is an explorer and pioneer of the deposits in his native land – the Ural region. He is seventy five today. His glorious biography of a noted scientist, an excellent industrial executive and organizer became part of our country’s history.