Kazakhstan to establish Drilling and Production Research Institute

Kazakhstan is establishing a research institute on Driling and Production Research. This wil help with educate and further R&D for KazMunaiGas. Originally posted to TengriNews on 27.02.2014:


A research institute of oil drilling and production will soon be created in Kazakhstan,Tengrinews reports citing KazMunaiGas Chairman Sauat Mynbayev.

“We will develop a new facility to research oil drilling and production that will become KazMunaiGas’ technological center that hold all the design documents for all the stages of exploration, drilling, production and all the technologies used for development of the fields of KazMunaiGas. They won’t be just stored there, but the institute will be their sole developer,” Mynbayev said during a meet of KazMunaiGas board this week.

Two existing institutes located in Aktau and Atyrau – Atyrau Institute of Oil and Gas being one of them – will be integrated into the new Institute. “They will be monitoring correct implementation of technologies at the fields, as design supervisors, together with the new R&D establishment,” he explained.

“What we have now is that one institute develops design documents, another institute brushes them up and some third institute runs the designer supervision. The situation has to be changed and the field audit should be stepped up. Only exactly what the documents made by the institutes prescribe should be done in the fields,” Mynbayev added.

The enhanced supervision will help improve the quality of work done by local contractors at oil fields. Besides, the new establishment’s cooperation with institutes may finally help fill the gap between education and the actual industry in Kazakhstan.

However, there may be a different side to the new development. KazMunaiGas is entitled to have a share in all the projects that are considered strategic for Kazakhstan. So the plans to transfer all the design documents and technologies used in KazMunaiGas fields might as well mean that technologies from foreign-operated giants like Tengiz and Kashagan may be part of the transfer as well. Foreign companies are very keen to guard their technological secrets and now it remains to be seen whether they will be asked to give them up.


Sales of domestic cars ups in Kazakhstan

Sales of cars in Kazakhstan has increased 85% so far in 2013. Cars manufactured by Azia Auto produced most of the cars in Kazakhstan including manufactures from Kia, Chevy, Skoda, and ZAZ. This is a positive sign of growth for Kazakhstan and the auto industry of Central Asia. Originally posted to Trend.az on 20.08.2013:


The sales of cars assembled in Kazakhstan increased by 85 percent to 17,804 in January – July 2013, Kazakhstan Today reported with the reference to Kazakhstan Auto Business Association.

The share of domestic production car hit 21 percent in car sales within the country in the reporting period.

The top three best sellers in this period were Chevrolet Cruze, ZAZ Chance, KIA Cerato new which gave 55.6 percent of all car sales in the country.

Among the budget cars (worth $10,000-15,000) ZAZ Chance ranked first. Its sales rose by 74.3 percent in the reporting period to 1,379 (15.5 percent of all domestic cars sales)

Chevrolet Aveo New was the best sold brand in the price range of $15,000-20,000 (643 sold cars or 7.2 percent of all domestic cars sales).

The sales of Chevrolet Cruze the price of which ranges between 20,000 and 25,000 increased by 108 percent to 1,903. The share of this brand in domestic cars sales rose by 108 percent.

The best sold car worth $25,000-$40,000 in the reporting period was Skoda Octavia (635 sold cars) which share in domestic cars sales hit 7.1 percent.

KIA Cadenza was the only car in the price range between $40,000 and $60,000. Some 50 cars of this brand were sold in Kazakhstan in the reporting period.

Kazakhstan produces only two premium class cars: SsangYong Chairman and KIA Quoris. The former brand sold 25 cars in January-July and the later brand sold 4 cars.

The share of domestic SUV hit 9.3 percent in all vehicle sales in Kazakhstan in the reporting period.

The sales of cheap Lada 4×4 SUV hit 46.5 percent of all domestic SUV sales in the reporting period (3,674 sold vehicles).

The sales of SsangYong New Actyon increased by 6.5 times and gave 9.3 percent of all domestic SUV sales (738 sold vehicles).