On December 7, in Atyrau with the participation of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev the official launch of Kashagan was carried out, one of the largest oil fields in the world and the first offshore field in Kazakhstan.
On 7 December 2016, Mr Ben van Beurden, the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell plc and other seniors of the North Caspian Sea PSA Partners attended the official ceremony in Atyrau dedicated to the start of Commercial Production at the Kashagan Field. Mr van Beurden presented a unique gift to the RoK President Nursultan Nazarbayev on the occasion of the 25th Independence Anniversary of the Republic of Kazakhstan: a certificate for 25.000 tulip bulbs of the “President Nazarbayev” variety specifically bred by Dutch florists.
Total, the world’s fourth-largest oil and gas company and top ranking French company has been present in Kazakhstan since 1993. This long-term and strategic partnership has been established in the context of the growth strategy of the Total group and economic reforms of the Government and the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr Nursultan Nazarbayev. This year, Kazakhstan is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Independence and diplomatic relationships between Kazakhstan and France, and Total Group, as one of the important investors in Kazakhstan, is proud for having contributed to a fruitful partnership.
For more than 25 years of independence, Kazakhstan made a solid foundation to create the state of social welfare. Kazakhstan achievements in all those years were made possible by virtue of correct and deeply supported constitutional policy pursued from the very first days of independence by N.A.Nazarbayev - the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.