The requirements on local content in the oil and gas projects will be cancelled starting from January 1, 2021. This is one of the conditions for Kazakhstan to join WTO. Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan has been negotiating with major subsoil users to verify that they urge their suppliers of goods and services to create a joint venture in Kazakhstan and to share their experience and technology with the local professionals
Rzabek Artygaliev, Tengizchevroil General Manager of Policy, Government and Public Affairs tells about the unique project on the production and sale of sulfur.
The oil and gas complex in the Tengiz field in the west of Kazakhstan is one of the largest and technically sophisticated enterprises in the modern oil industry. The Tengiz field is unique in its high temperature, abnormal reservoir pressure and high content of hydrogen sulfide. Tengiz pre-salt oil contains approximately 13% of aggressive H2S, therefore the “black gold” production and processing technologies are based on a single idea - resistance to an aggressive environment. To turn into commercial oil, extracted crude passes through several decontamination stages, and extracted H2S is neutralized via separation into components.
In August, on the eve of the Oilmen Day, 58 best experts of KazMunayGas Exploration & Production company, gathered in Aktau and Zhanaozen for celebration. Only 58 people from 26 thousand employees proved that they deserve to take part in the 8th competition of professional mastership -Best Specialist. During two days, the representatives of four oil-production units of the KMG E&P demonstrated their professional skills, but they also enjoyed socializing with their colleagues
On August 19-20 of this year, Almaty hosted the International Summit on Innovative ICT-solutions that help creating the smart energy-"Innovative ICT Enables Smart Energy-Huawei Global Energy Summit-2015".
The Summit was attended by more than 200 participants, including the representatives of the KAZENERGY Association, theGeneral Consulate of China in Almaty, customers of the energy industries from the countries of Central Asia, Middle East, North Africa and China, partners of global importance, such as CNPC Richfit, China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Corporation (CPPE), Honeywell, ABB, SAP, leading analysts known international agency Forrest, as well as the experts and media representatives, working in the international oil and gas industry.
Sauat Mynbayev,Chairman of the Board of the National Company KazMunayGas stated this spring that the oil production at the largest offshore Kashagan field is feasible only if the minimum corridor in the global prices varies from 80 to 100 dollars per barrel. Though the cracked pipeline prevent the operations, it means that given the current level of prices it would be unprofitable to produce oil.
The decline in oil prices has forced the oil companies around the world to reduce investment expenses. At the end of last year, the National Company KazMunayGas also had to revise its capital expenditure plan. As a result, the actual capital expenditure were reduced by 31% of the planned one. However, as stated by the Company, it had no effect on geological exploration projects.
Kazakhstan is reforming its subsurface resources legislation to make it consistent with international standards. This is especially important in today's world plagued by global instability, the global financial crisis and competition for investors. Last week, a task force creating a new fiscal system for subsurface resources management told what reforms it deems necessary at a conference for oil and gas lawyers held in Kazakhstan's oil capital Atyrau.
In best case, the fourth oil refinery in Kazakhstan will be established not earlier than in seven years. Though after upgrading works the existing refineries will be able to produce the items that meet Euro-4 and Euro-5 standard in the volume, exceeding the demand, Galymzhan Amanturlin believes that additional processing capacity of crude oil is needed by the country.
In January 2014, the President Nursultan Nazarbayev, in his annual Message to the Nation assign to ensure a second wave of privatization, which shall establish a new class of owners and increase the competitiveness of the national economy. In particular, the Government had been requested to undertake an analysis of all of the companies with State participation, to determine the list of enterprises to be transferred to the private sector, and to adopt a comprehensive program of privatization for the medium term.
Shocking drop in the global oil prices, which happened at the end of the last year and the beginning of this year, has seriously complicated the implementation of an ambitious project, created to support the investment image of Kazakhstan, damaged due to Kashagan issues, on the one hand, and to replenish its resources of oil and gas, on the other.
In the last year and a half, dramatically increased subsalt oil exploration has become a steady tendency in oil search in the Atyrau region. Such works are more expensive, the risks of loss are much higher, but the companies are not stopped with this. After all, the stakes are higher as well – it is these horizons, where future large discoveries are expected.
Karachaganak Petroleum Operating B.V. (KPO) announced on April 01, 2015 two seniormanagement appointments. Renato Maroli takes over from Damiano Ratti as the new KPO General Director, whilst Andrew Wiper steps in as the new Operations Director and Deputy General Director.
At the end of last year, the Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Energy signed an agreement with the NCOC and companies engaged in the North Caspian Sea PSA, which settles a number of industrial, financial and environmental issues that had accumulated over the past few years. Neither party does not disclose details of the agreement referring to its confidentiality, but it is clear that the parties are actively searching for compromise in order to begin commercial production at the offshore Kashagan field as soon as possible, where Kazakhstan pins its hopes on increase oil production in coming years.
In 2014, KPO reached a record level of 142.5 million barrels of oil equivalent in production of stabilised and unstabilised liquid hydrocarbons, gas and fuel gas. In addition, 8,817.8 million cubic meters of sour dry gas were injected into the reservoir, a volume equivalent to approximately 48.3% of the total gas produced.
Public Hearing on environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the third generation plant planned by Tengizchevroil within Future Growth Project (FGP) was carried out in Atyrau. With the launch of FGP TCO intends to increase the total volume of oil production up to 38 million tons per year.
In recent years, the geology of Kazakhstan has clearly demonstrated a systemic crisis: growth of hydrocarbons production and minerals exceeded the replacement of resources. “Once powerful state geological service turned into a bureaucratic machine, lacking the production or research organizations in its structure,”- shares Asset Issekeshev, Minister of Investment and Development of the RoK,- “Most of the private geological exploration companies (...) proved themselves as non-competitive in the real-life conditions.Some of these companies were historically supported by the Committee of Geology due to the government orders.