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.


Foreigners may obtain group visas during EXPO-2017

Kazakhstan will allow foreigners to obtain group visas for Expo 2017. This will help bring more people to come to the Expo and Kazakhstan. Originally posted to BNews.kz on 12.02.2014:


Foreigners will be able to obtain group visas during EXPO-2017 . The vice-chairman of industry tourism committee of Ministry of Industry and New technologies Aset Musagaliyev said during the “Astana-Moscow-Kiev-Kishinev-Yerevan” video bridge devoted to the CIS tourism development, BNews.kz correspondent reports.

“I want to remind, that in 2017 Kazakhstan will host EXPO-2017. Kazakhstan carryies out a number of actions aimed at the creation of favorable conditions for foreign guests,” Musagaliyev said. 

“The project on group visa obtaining is being developed on the platform of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Most likely such group visa will allow 15 foreigners at the same time to see Expo-2017. But also there is the second variant considered, – visa free regime,” Aset Musagaliyev noted.



Bolashak fuels development of cardiac surgery in Kazakhstan

During the 20th anniversary celebration of the Bolashak scholarship, President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan adressed the progess the scholarship has made. One example he used was how it has developed cardiac surgery in Kazakhstan. Originally posted to en.tengrinews.kz on 03.12.2013:


Nursultan Nazarbayev has stressed the importance of Bolashak Presidential Scholarship and the effect it had on the development of cardiac surgery in Kazakhstan at the anniversary forum of the Scholarship late last week, Tengrinews reports.

The President recalled the unfortunate statistics of the year 2008 when 10 thousand people were waiting for cardiac surgeries and the surgeons “were capable of performing only 800-900” surgeries a year. “The remaining patients who were able to pay had to go abroad, while others who couldn’t afford the treatment remained untreated. Mortality from cardiovascular diseases became the number one scourge,” said Nazarbayev. 

He added that the grim statistics was changed thanks to young highly qualified professionals, newly built medical facilities and use of the up-to-the-minute equipment. As of today, 40 thousand surgeries have been successfully conducted. “All (40 thousand patients) were saved, all of these surgeries were made here in Kazakhstan and all of them were free of charge” for the patients, said the President. 

Nursultan Nazarbayev addressed one of the first Bolashak Scholarship alumni Dmitri Gorbunov, a prominent cardiac surgeon who graduated from the University of Freiburg in 2000: “You have become one of the best surgeons in the country. The 1700 surgeries you have made speak for themselves. Saving the lives of newborns is a noble deed.”

Gorbunov expressed gratitude to the President for the opportunity to study abroad. “We operate on our patients to give them a chance to recover, the same as you have given us a chance to receive an excellent education and to realize our dreams 20 years ago. Today 13Bolashak alumni are working in the National Cardiac Surgery Center and 5 of them are cardiac surgeons,” concluded Dmitri Gorbunov. 


Pavlodar to spend 800 million tenge on green region

The Kazakhstan city of Pavlodar is spending 800 million tenge ($5.3 million) on creating a green region in the city. The goal is for the region to be energy effiient and for residents to see their costs for using energy decrease around 40%. Originally posted to TengriNews on 03.09.2013:


Pavlodar will spend 800 million tenge ($5.3 million) for construction of the green region,Tengrinews.kz reports. Pavlodar authorities are planning to make one of the densely populated regions of the city green and energy-efficient in the nearest two years.

“We plan to spend 800 million tenge on implementation of the project called Energy-efficient green Ussol region. We have an agreement with KazAtomProm that produces energy-efficient equipment. They have good technologies and experts. We will work with them to make our Ussol region energy-efficient and green,” Pavlodar Akim (Mayor) Orazkeldy Kairgeldinov said.

According to him, the implementation of the project will take two years and will be done in two stages. This year’s stage will make street lighting more efficient and see new siblings planted in the target region. The second stage in 2014 will be focused on making internal power networks of residential buildings of Ussol region more energy-efficient in the framework of the public utilities modernization program.

“We have made the preliminary calculations. I personally took part in this work. We found that implementation of the energy-saving program in Ussol region will allow the citizens to lower their energy expenses by 39-40 percent. This means that people will be saving and paying less for the utilities,” Kairgeldinov said.

Government mulling state subsidies to boost sales of locally produced cars

The Kazakhstan is mulling the idea of giving subsidies to citizens who buy locally made cars. They will subsidize half the APR loans on the cars. Originally posted to Tengrinews on 08.12.13:


The state will subsidize half of the APR on car loans for Kazakhstan citizens to purchase Kazakhstan-made cars, Tengrinews.kz reports, citing Andrei Lavrentiyev, Head of the Association of Car Making Businesses.

According to him, about half of the APR will be subsidized after a borrower has been approved of by a bank as eligible for a car loan. With the APR standing at about 15%, 7% will be subsidized. The state will be sending direct monthly payments to the respective bank.

“This measure will be beneficial for domestic car makers, consumers and lenders as sales of domestically made cars are set to grow”, Mr. Lavrentiyev said, adding that the measure is likely to be of short-term character and will only be available for half a year or so. The measure is to be applied to locally produced cars worth within $26 000. 

Last week the country’s media reported that Albert Rau, Vice Minister of Industry and New Technology, suggested introducing state subsidies to bolster sales of domestically produced cars. He sent a respective request to the country’s PM Serik Akhmetov for consideration.

According to him, car production output in the H1 2013 was worth $2.3 billion, with the figure expected to reach $5 billion by the end of the year.