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March 27

Toni Turi sang legendary Kazakh song "Balkadisha" at San Remo

The Italian engineer Tony Turi (former Agip employee) about whom we wrote several times in our newspaper ("The Ambassador of the Neapolitan song in Atyrau", etc.) who decided to change his career of the oil engineer to the singing career, started his rising to musical stardom here, in Atyrau, and he stepped onto the international stage with the Kazakh folk song "Balkadisha" that he sang at San Remo.doc last month. Tony participated in a selection round where he sang our "Balkadisha". It would be interesting to track Tony's evolution as a singer ….

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Earth Hour tomorrow

Kazakhstan people including citizens in Atyrau will join the symbolic action of turning lights out for an hour in an expression of concern for the environment. The action will take place in over 6,000 cities across 134 countries in the world in observing the Earth Hour on March 28. People will turn off lights and all electrical appliances for an hour from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm to show their solidarity to the cause of climate change. 

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A Journey Beyond the Seven Seas

As it became known to Ak Zhaik newspaper the large-scale project of Tengizchevroil LLP  -  Wellhead Pressure Management / Future Growth Project (WPM/FGP) -  considerably rose in cost, and the date of implementation was postponed from 2019 to 2021. According to updated estimates and schedule of works, based on the results of front end engineering design the cost of the project increased from  $23,7 billion to $38,8 billion.

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March 26

Nurlan Kapparov died

Our sources reported that today, on March 26, the head of national company Kazatomprom Nurlan Kapparov died.

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Alternative Nauryz celebration in Saraishyk village

On March 23 the residents of the small Saraishyk village celebrated Nauryz- the Coming of Spring or Kazakh New Year not in a usual way, at the cost of the local budget, but this event could be truly called an "alternative" celebration of Nauryz.

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March 22

March 20

Concert dedicated to 90th anniversary of Nurgisa Tlendiev will take place on Makhambet Drama Theatre stage

On March 28, Saturday, at 5 pm, the festive concert dedicated to the 90th anniversary of a prominent Kazakh composer and musician Nurgisa Tlendiev will take place at Atyrau Makhambet Drama theater.

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Nauryz - Celebration of Spring Coming

Nauryz is one of the oldest holidays on Earth. This holiday of spring and the renewed life of the Earth has been celebrated for over five thousand years by many cultures. 

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Atyrau to witness rare event - solar eclipse on March 20

The first solar eclipse of the year hits on March 20, says L Shestakova, the leading scientist of the RoK Fesenkov’s Institute of Astrophysics.

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March 19

“We have three foreign companies that are investing in EXPO”

The Chairman of the board of Astana EXPO-2017 National Company Talgat Ermegiyaev confirmed the information that was earlier published in AkZhaik newspaper about allocation of $50 million by the North Caspian project operator - NCOC for holding an exhibition (see “Everything was written off and still remained indebted to all” ).

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Dear citizens and guests of Atyrau!

Traffic movement in Atyrau will be restricted during celebration of Nauryz.

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March 18

Businessmen from Atyrau met with Timur Kulibayev

On March 17, an extended meeting of the Atyrau regional council of Chamber of entrepreneurs took place in Atyrau. The chairman of the presidium of the RoK National Chamber of entrepreneurs Timur Kulibayev participated in the meeting.

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March 17

Ex-Governor’s Case. Sentences left without changes

The complaints of the condemned in relation to “ex-governor Bergei Ryskaliev’s case” the appeal judicial board on criminal cases of Atyrau Oblast regional court left without satisfaction. The sentence concerning the condemned was left without change. The announcement of the decision on the this case took place on March 17.

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March 16

Russian citizen rescued from fire

The message about the fire in the apartment of a five-storied residential block in Avanguard was received by the dispatching service on duty in the evening on March 11.

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Price of liquefied gas dropped

It was reported on the website of the RoK Committee on regulation of natural monopolies and protection of the competition that the joint order of the Ministry of Energy and Ministry of National Economy has been released about the decrease in the ceiling price of wholesale liquefied oil gas - from 31 536,29 tenge to 11 033, 91 tenge per ton (VAT excluding).

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March 12

23 companies received international certificates from NCOC

On March 10, NCOC, the operator of the North Caspian Project, handed over international standard certificates to twenty three local companies that passed training and certification at the expense of the operator.


March 10

Retired German experts teach Kazakhs how to comply to international standards (+update)

"The Fund of the German economy "The Service of Senior Experts" (SES) can help local firms to bring the work of their companies in line with international standards and to win through into TCO tenders’ participants", - says with confidence the deputy director of regional chamber of businessmen Nurzhan Ganimurat.


March 6

FGP slows down

Even less than a month ago TCO denied information about forthcoming down-sizing  in contracting construction companies engaged in Future Growth Project (FGP at Tengiz. However, at the end of February some of activities on contracts signed between TCO and its general contractor KPJV have been stopped.


“Good conduct” medal for Women’s Day

In Atyrau regional court the festive event dedicated to the celebration of the International Women's Day took place.


March 5

Russia returns 90% of Taisoigan missile firing range back to Kazakhstan

Last week during his visit to Atyrau Sarsenbai Ensegenov, the Deputy of the Senate of RoK Parliament, informed about reduction of the missile firing range located in Kyzylkoga District of Atyrau Oblast by 80%. The range is used by the Russian military as per the contract.


NCOC plans to produce 450,000 barrels of oil at Kashagan

North Caspian Operating Company B.V. (NCOC), the operator of activities under the North Caspian Project, which is developing the Kashagan oil field, plans to eventually produce at Kashagan up to 450 thousand barrels of oil per day, this has been announced by deputy Managing Director of NCOC Zhakyp Marabayev at "Oil and gas construction and engineering" conference held in Atyrau city.


March 4


TERMS AND PROCEDURES FOR PLACEMENT OF PRINTING MATERIAL AREA IN “AKZHAIK” NEWSPAPER (including “Gorodskoy Park”, "Zhaik Samaly" enclosures and website for information support of early elections of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan on April 26, 2015.


March 3

It is time to close the chapter of Caspian Sulfur Company case

Last week the Chairman of the RoK Supreme Court Kairat Mami visited Atyrau and subjected to sharp criticism the work of the judges of the Atyrau specialized inter-district economic court (hereinafter -ASIEC). He accused them of falsifications and unwillingness to work. It’s been nearly 7 years now that I, as the representative of the Kazakhstan company, challenge in all judicial instances the recognized legitimate right for 30% of share in the charter capital, as well as due dividends in Caspian Sulfur Company LLP (hereinafter - "CSC"), and I am compelled to recognize the fairness of Kairat Mami’s statements.


March 2

CPC increased oil export by 14.5% in January-February

The Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) imported 7.05 mln tons of oil in January-February, 14.48% up year on year, reports the message of the consortium.


Suicide in Tengiz

In the evening on March 1, at Tengiz rotational village in Zhyloi District 22-y.o. employee of “NSS” LLP committed suicide.


The anniversary race

On March 1, a sports race took place in Atyrau dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Assembly of Kazakhstan People.


February 26

American cello rock band to play rock'n'roll in Atyrau

On March 8, in the House of Culture named after Kurmangazy (in Zhilgorodok) an American cello rock group “Break of Reality” will give a free concert. The event is organized by the U.S. Embassy.


Old pipes to stay at sea bottom

By Laura Suleimenova

The North Caspian Project Operator NCOC continues to implement the pipeline construction project from D island to Bolashak plant. According to our information, the costs of the consortium for new pipelines in 2015 will make $1,4 billion. The total budget of the Kashagan project this year will make over $4,2 billion.


February 25

Omsk, Atyrau businessmen expand cooperation

On February 23, entrepreneurs from Omsk (Russian Federation) visited atyrau and offered their serives to Atyra oil businesses.


Atyrau Refinery "optimizes" manpower

In 2015 Atyrau Refinery started the implementation of the 2nd phase of Outsourcing Program and transfer of its non-core divisions to business sector.


February 24

Celebrated New year on a lunar calendar

On February 21, in the House of Culture named after Kurmangazy (in Zhilgorodok) the Korean ethno-cultural center celebrated Solnal holiday - New Year on a lunar calendar.


February 23

Maslenitsa festival

On February 22, in the last day of Maslenitsa (Butter Week before Lent), the Atyraulians organized folk festivals.


In Atyrau a local man detained for fighting in armed conflict in Ukraine

On February 20, the deputy prosecutor of Atyrau Oblast Baurzhan Saugabaev briefed about innovations in RoK Criminal and Administrative Codes that came into force as of January 1, of this year. In particular, he spoke about fight against terrorism and extremism.


February 20

"Pedophile with ice cream" imprisoned for 15 years

The specialized interdistrict court on criminal cases of Atyrau Oblast pronounced a verdict on the attempt of rape of a 4-year-old girl.

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New chairman of regional court - Margulan Bekturganov

On February 20, the Chairman of RoK Supreme Court Kairat Mami presented the new chairman of Atyrau Regional Court - Margulan Bekturganov, 46-y.o. (on a photo) who previously headed Zhambyl Regional Court. The former chairman of Atyrau Regional Court Mukhtar Smagulov is appointed the Chairman of Pavlodar Regional Court.





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- Whether Kazakhstan or foreign companies – they all should observe the laws of Kazakhstan. They should be treated more strictly, so that others learn a lesson!

(said during his visit to Atyrau regarding the testing of Ersai Caspian Contractor personnel in the English language)

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