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.