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November 21

Polypropylene plant will be built by the Chinese, but not by Sinopec Engineering

Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries (KPI) and its general contractor Sinopec Engineering (Group) Co. Ltd. have terminated an engineering, procurement and construction contract for a the 1st phase of polypropylene production (PP) plant in Atyrau, according to information of Sinopec Engineering published on its corporate website.

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Public hearings on the replacement of Kashagan pipes to take place on December 9

On Zhaik-Caspisky Orkhuss Center website the information appeared about public hearings that the North Caspian Operating Company B. V. (NCOC) is going to hold on December 9, 2014. The public hearings about impact on environment (EIA) of the construction project within Program of experimental development of Kashagan field. Flowlines. Modifications”.

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November 19

Ex-Governor’s Case. Lawyers’ opinions after pronouncement of sentence (+update)

Some of the sentenced persons in the ex-govenor Bergei Ryskaliyev’s case said they intend to appeal against the sentence.

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November 14

Ex-Governor’s Case. Sentence has been passed (UPDATED)

Today, November 14, the pronouncement of sentence is ongoing  in the specialized interdistrict court on criminal cases of Atyrau Oblast in the case of ex-governor Bergei Ryskaliev’s organized criminal group.

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“Elephant” will arrive to Tengiz on November 18

Transportation of a large-size freight for Tengiz field (width-10,5 meters, height-10,5 meters and weight- 300 tons),is ongoing. Currently “elephant” is at Bekbike village, 25 kilometers away from Dossor.

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November 12

To remember Sarykamys

At the recent public hearings on environmental impact of the 3d Generation Plant (3GP), TCO representatives assured the local community that implementation of this large-scale project won't cause irreversible changes in ecosystems, and the risk for health of the population of the Zhyloi Distrcit will be “within acceptable limts”.

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November 10

Downsizing is expected at Agip (+update)

According to the information provided by Gulbolat Amangaliyeva, the Head of regional department of employment coordination and social programs, as of November 1, 1904 people were employed at the offshore complex of the North Caspian project, including 1424 people from Kazakhstan. At the onshore complex – over 6,5 thousand people (including 6 253 Kazakhstan citizens) were employed.

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November 11

Consulate of Hungary opens in Atyrau

New Regional Consulate of Hungary has been opened in Atyrau on Novermber 7. Orazgali Karshegenov, CEO of Atyrau Zharyk JSC, was appointed as Honorary Consul of Hungary in the Western Kazakhstan.

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Ex-Governor’s Case. Sentencing postponed till November 14

Pronouncement of sentence  in the case of ex-governor Bergei Ryskaliev’s organized criminal group in specialized interdistrict court on criminal cases of Atyrau Oblast has been postponed from November 10 till November 14.

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November 10

Bridge across the River Ural in Makhambet Village

In Makhambet district center the construction of an automobile bridge across the Ural River connecting the villages Esbol, Ortakshil, Enbekshil, Akzhaik, Alga and Leskhoz with the ‘mainland’ is ongoing.

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November 8

At the week-end the temperature is expected to drop down to -7 degrees C

During night time the temperature is even expected to drop down to -10 degrees C, both in the northern and southern regions of the republic.

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November 7

Roads closed for repairs in Atytau on November 8

On November 8, due to road repairs the traffic will be restricted on the following streets:


November 6

Roads closed for repairs in Atyrau on Nov 6

On Nov 6, due to road repairs the traffic will be restricted on:


October 31

Winners also file lawsuits (+Update)

“Cash all gone” - this is how Kashagan was re-worded.  Enormous both by its scales and cost, Kashagan project once again has not entered final straight, despite participation in it of largest world oil and service companies. Without much effort they win the most enviable million dollar contracts in the project, but at the same time they violate the rights of the Kazakh contracting companies. An illustration to this is a difficult situation that local company Tulpar Energy Services LLP is currently facing.

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November 5

Roads closed for traffic in Atyrau on November 5

On November 5, due to road repairs the traffic will be limited on the following streets:

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November 4

TCO’s public hearing on environmental impact

"Tengizchevroil" starts the construction of the third generation plant (3GP). At the end of October the company held public hearings on environmental impact assessment of this large-scale project with a preliminary cost of about 40 billion dollars.


November 3

Former secretary of city court # 2 was charged with one year suspended sentence

Today, November 3, the judge of the city court # 2 Baktygul Dyusebaliyeva announced a sentence concerning Altyngul Maeva, who till July 22 of this year worked as the secretary in the above court.


October 31

Visit of German Consul to Atyrau

On October 30 Renate Schimkoreit, General Consul of the Federative Republic of Germany arrived to Atyrau (on a photo).


October 29

Problematic well at D island

On D island at Kashagan the operation of one out of 12 oil-extracting wells remains questionable.


October 28

Ex-Governor’s Case. Defendants say the 'last word' in court (updated)

On October 24 the court considering ex-governor Bergei Ryskaliyev's case took a break before executing sentences concerning 22 defendants involved in the case. On that day all defendants said their "last word".


October 27

Roads closed for repairs in Atyrau on Oct 27

On October 27 in Atyrau due to road repairs the traffic will be closed on:


October 24

Roads closed for repairs in Atyrau on Oct 24

On October 24 in Atyrau due to road repairs the traffic will be closed on Makhambet Street - from the crossing with Satybaldiyev Street till the crossing with Baimukhanov Street;

- traffic will be limited on a traffic circle  at the crossing of Makhambet and Baymukhanov Streets.


To the attention of drivers using Atyrau –Dossor highway!

Sarens company is continuing transportation of the large-sized freight (width-10,5 meters, height-10,5 meters and weight- 300 tons), so-called “elephant”, to Tengiz field.

On October 19 the freight was transported from the river port via the city to Karabatan. On October 24 at 7.00am the freight is moving in the direction of Dossor. Due to this the traffic movement on Atyrau-Dossor highway will be restricted.


October 23

Marksmen are competing this week in Atyrau

On October 24-25 at 10.00am at Atyrau technological college of oil and gas (near Railway Station area) regional rifle and pistol shooting championship will be held.


Roads closed for repairs in Atyrau on October 23

- Makhambet Street from intersection with Satybaldieva till intersection with Baimukhanov Streets.


October 22

Imangali Tasmagambetov headed Ministry of Defence

President Nazarbayev arrived to Mayor’s Office in Astana and informed about appointment of the Mayor Tasmagambetov as the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Then he introduced to the staff the new Mayor of Astana. Together with Imangali Tasmagambetov he went to the Ministry of Defence. The official statement about the appointment is expected any minute.


Roads closed for repairs in Atyrau on October 22

On October 22 in Atyrau traffic will be closed due to repairs on:

- Makhambet Street -  from intersection with Chelhov Street till intersection with Griboedov Street.


October 21

Court starts hearing former Chief of Issatai District Police’s death case

On October 21, the city court # 2 under the chairmanship of the judge Zaure Kazakbai started hearing the criminal case under the Article 308 of the Criminal Code of Kazakhstan (‘Abuse of authority or powers of office”) concerning the employees of the financial police department - senior investigator Aibat Sarin and chief of the 1st department for fight against corruption Baurzhan Ertaev.


How to train personnel? President said - “like Germans do it” (+update)

On October 20, Gulshara Abdykalikova, Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, and Aslan Sarinzhipov, Minister of Education, visited Atyrau with working visit. They discussed the issues of vocational training modernization with the heads of state agencies and major oil and gas companies.


October 20

Oil worker from Kashagan got poisoned by H2S

One of the employees of oilfield services company on D island in Kashagan was delivered to the intensive care unit of Atyrau regional hospital with symptoms of hydrogen sulfide poisoning.  


Roads closed for repairs in Atyrau on Oct 20

On October 20 in Atyrau the traffic will be restricted on:

Makhambet Street – from intersection with Chekhov Street till intersection with Satybaldiev Street.


October 19

Governor Baktykozha Izmukhambetov: “Six billion for the Forum? No, we didn’t spend that much!”

On October 17, during the briefing at the Central Communications Service under the President of Kazakhstan the Governor of Atyrau Oblast Baktykozha Izmukhambetov made the report titled “About social and economic development of the region and implementation of the state and industry programs".


October 17

Atyrau airport cancels flights, evacuates people due to forgetful passenger

Today, on October 17, at Atyrau international airport 3 flights were delayed for a few hours due to forgetful passenger who left his bag in the toilet.

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Roads closed for repairs in Atyrau on October 17

On October 17, in Atyrau the central bridge will be closed for resurfacing activities and the section of Makhambet Street from intersection with Valikhanova Street till intersection with Satybaldieva Street will be also closed for resurfacing.


October 15

Central bridge will be closed for 2 days due to road repairs on October 16

October 16,  due to resurfacing activities the central bridge will be closed for 2 days from 2pm of Oct 16 till Oct 18.





Quote of the week

Baktykozha Izmukhambetov, Governor of Atyrau Oblast:

- Don’t write to the President! Your letter will be sent to me for consideration, anyway. It’s the city mayor and district governors who distribute housing accommodations. And housing will be distributed in accordance with waiting lists and the law.

(said at the regional core group meeting)                                                             

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