KUDAIBERGEN Almas Shayikbekuly, the Chairman of Service Companies Association of Kazakhstan KazService answers Petroleum questions.
– Almas, the Association KazService, which is chaired by you, consolidates oilfield service companies, working in different sectors of EPC services market. Therefore, it seems that you might know this market better than anyone. What are the main problems and hot buttons that you can see on it?
Despite the measures being taken by the State to develop the Kazakhstan content in procurements by subsurface users, this problem still remains topical and, in anticipation of the Kazakhstan’s accession to the WTO, is becoming an urgent imperative.
Minister of Oil and Gas of the Republic of Kazakhstan Uzakbai Karabalin gave exclusive interview to Petroleum magazine.
– Uzakbai Suleimenovich, first of all, let me congratulate you on your appointment as Minister for Oil and Gas of the Republic of Kazakhstan. You are an old friend and contributor to our magazine and we'd like to extend our special gratitude to you for agreeing to give this interview for readers of Petroleum.
Peter Costello, President & Asset General Manager BG Kazakhstan, answers the following questions for Petroleum
– Mr Costello, you have been appointed to the position of BG Kazakhstan President. Please, tell our readers a bit more about your previous roles.
Currently, the national company KazMunayGas is a vertically-integrated oil and gas producer performing the complete cyclical turnaround of operations ranging from exploration and production of hydrocarbons, their transportation and processing to rendering specialized services.
Mr. Uzakbay Karabalin has been appointed to the post of the Minister of Oil and Gas Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan by Decree of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev. No special introduction is needed for such a well-known and reputable person in oil and gas community like Mr. Karabalin.
The government program in support of domestic manufacturers (the DMs) has been working in Kazakhstan for quite a long time. It was adopted due to objective reasons – for a certain period of time the country experienced fairly loud echoes of the world economic crisis. It is difficult to say that the crisis has dropped into oblivion, because it is a systematic process. Especially , in addition to the crisis producers of goods and services in Kazakhstan meets other challenges in current conditions - that is both the establishment of the Single Economic Space and, most likely, the imminent compliance to the WTO. In this situation, the DMs are in the severe competition environment.
The Minister of oil and gas of the Republic of Kazakhstan Sauat Mynbayev, speaking at the parliament, voiced the results of work of the oil and gas industry last year and spoke about the plans of the Ministry of Oil and Gas for the current year
The Atyrau region is the main supplier of hydrocarbon raw materials in Kazakhstan. Soon, commercial development of Kashagan, the largest field discovered in the last 40 years, will start here. This will lead Kazakhstan to the world’s five largest suppliers of oil.
At the same time, the region should go through many difficulties, because completion of the construction of facilities of the North Caspian project will release thousands of jobs, while the start of the field’s operation will lead to environmental risks. Do the local authorities keep up with the decision of the region’s vital issues which are not limited only to oil production? Our talk with Baktykozha Izmukhambetov, Atyrau oblast Akim (head of regional administration), is about it.
Scott Davis, Chevron EBU Managing Director, answers the following questions for Petroleum
- Chevron came to Kazakhstan twenty years ago, having concluded a contract on establishment of a joint venturefor Tengiz field development. Today, after two decades, how do you assess the Tengiz position among Chevron’s global projects throughout the world?
Bruno Jardin, Managing Director of ExxonMobil Kazakhstan Inc., answers the following questions for Petroleum
- ExxonMobil is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its presence in Kazakhstan. In fact, the company came practically at the same time when Kazakhstan gained its independence. Jointly with the country, your company has walked a long path of success and achievements. On the eve of your anniversary, which achievements would you like to highlight?
On the eve of the new year the board of directors of KazMunayGas has approved a Strategy for Development of JSC National Company KazMunayGas. The company’s strategic goal is to enter the number of the world’s 30 largest oil and gas companies by 2022. The company’s mission is defined as providing maximum profits for the Republic of Kazakhstan from development of the national oil and gas industry.
At the board of the Ministry of Oil and Gas of the RКwith participation of the Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov, which was held on January 28 in Astana, the 2012 results have been discussed and the agenda for the oil and gas industry for the current year has been formulated.
On October 5 in Astana the chairman of the board of JSC SamrukKazyna NWF T. Kulibayev has presented a new chairman of the board of JSC NC KazMunayGas. Каirgeldy Kabyldin was replaced by Bolat Akchulakov, who earlier held the post of general director of PSA LLP. Bolat Akchulakov was born in Guriyev (nowadays, Atyrau) on April 9, 1971. In 1993 he graduated from the Kazakh State Academy of Management; economist. He worked as a chief economist at АlemBank Kazakhstan, director of Tengiz project department of JSC NC Kazakhoil, executive director of JSC NC KazMunayGas. He held the post of Vice-Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources and managing director of JSC Samruk-Kazyna NWF. Since July 2010, he is a general director of PSA LLP.
Ten years ago, the national oil and gas company, which has received the name of KazMunayGas, was established in Kazakhstan. It has united all large state assets in the sphere of exploration, production, processing and transportation of hydrocarbon raw materials.
The European Union highly values its dynamically developing partnership with Kazakhstan, which is a strategic EU energy partner in the region. Over the years wehave made solid progress, mutually benefiting from the EU-Kazakhstan Memorandum of Understanding on Co-operation in the field of Energy, discussions on energy in the part-nership and co-operation framework, a series of EU-Kazakhstan nuclear co-operation agreements, energy assistance projects, including the INOGATE programme, as well as co-operation in the areas of clean coal, energy efficiency, and renewables.