Presentation of the book “oil and gas of independent Kazakhstan”

The book "Oil and Gas of Independent Kazakhstan" was presented at a press conference in the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation in Astana (Republic of Kazakhstan) on September 8, 2017. The event was attended by Deputy Chairmen of KAZENERGY Association Uzakbay Karabalin and Dzhambulat Sarsenov, and General Manager of the Government and Public Relations Department of Tengizchevroil LLP Rzabek Artygaliyev.

The publication was initiated by KAZENERGY Association, which supported preparation, editing and translation of the text into Kazakh and English, selection of infographics, photographs and other illustrations, design, layout, proofreading and prepress.

Editorial board of the book was headed by Deputy Chairman of KAZENERGY Association Uzakbay Karabalin. The editorial team also included leaders of major oil and gas organizations and companies operating in Kazakhstan, such as Chairman of KAZENERGY Association Timur Kulibayev, Deputy Chairman of KAZENERGY Association Dzhambulat Sarsenov, General Director of KAZENERGY Association Bolat Akchulakov, Deputy General Director of CPC Kairgeldy Kabyldin, Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kanatbek Safinov, General Director of PSA Kenzhebek Ibrashev, Deputy First Managing Director of North Caspian Operating Company B.V. Zhakyp Marabayev and Deputy General Director of KazRosGas LLP Bolat Nazarov.

Some analysts and experts in the oil and gas industry were involved as well.

The book presents the results of development of the Kazakhstan’s oil and gas complex for a quarter of a century, gives facts and assessment of the impact of major events and transactions on the economic development in general and on the oil and gas industry in particular.

As Dzhambulat Sarsenov said at the press conference, the idea of publishing the book belongs to the Chairman of KAZENERGY Association Timur Kulibayev. He also said that by the time of the book release, KAZENERGY Association had already gathered sufficient amount of unique archive information about the history of the country's oil and gas industry.

"This project has no analogues in Kazakhstan," commented the project manager Uzakbay Karabalin. "This book is an attempt to look back, understand mistakes and review the events and actions of those who created the newest history of the national oil and gas industry."

Several dozens of the oil and gas industry’s old stagers, who stood at its origins since Kazakhstan gained independence, were interviewed during the work on the book.

The book is divided into five chapters corresponding to five five-year plans: 1991-1996, 1997-2001, 2002-2006, 2007-2011 and 2012-2016. Each chapter outlines the events and analysis of the situation in the Kazakhstan’s oil and gas industry in that particular period and presents historical quotes and memories of those who were involved in those events.

The publication was sponsored by the largest oil and gas producing company in Kazakhstan, Tengizchevroil LLP (TCO), which is developing one of the world’s largest oil and gas fields, Tengiz. It was this project that started the intensive development of the national oil and gas complex.

The General Manager of the Government and Public Relations Department of TCO LLP Rzabek Artygaliyev noted the company’s historical role in the establishment and development of the oil and gas industry of independent Kazakhstan. According to him, TCO's investment in the development of Tengiz field contributed to the growth of crude oil production and exports, increase in cash receipts to the budget, development and maintenance of social sphere in Atyrau region.

The participants of the press conference expressed hope for continued capacity building of the Kazakhstan’s oil and gas industry in the future, taking into account new challenges.