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December 18

Mongrel Masha with the rope on its neck now rescued

Children from the society "Help to Homeless Animals of Atyrau" and simply compassionate citizens of our city, at last, managed to catch an unfortunate mongrel with the rope on its neck near the "Sanatorium" city district.

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Kazakh Government and North Caspian Consortium signed confidential agreement

On Saturday, December 13, the Kazakh Government had a meeting with Kashagan project operator - NCOC, as well as with the companies participating in NCPSA venture, where the parties signed a certain agreement.

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December 11

Kashagan: new expectations, old concerns

Public  hearings on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the “Construction project of facilities for Kashagan field experimental program. Flowlines. Modifications” were held in Atyrau.

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December 10

North Caspian project to have one joint company

Yesterday, December 9, at the public hearings, NCOC Consortium Managing director Stephen de Mayo made an official statement about the transition of the Consortium to the new management system.

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December 8

Put on winter tires before January 1

It is the middle of December already, but very few people know that as of January 1, 2015 the traffic police will fine those who hasn’t “put on winter tires”.

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December 7

Prosecutors challenge“soft sentencing”

Public prosecutors filed a protest appeal on November 14 against the sentence passed by the specialized interdistrict court on criminal cases regarding the case of Bergey Ryskaliev's organized criminal group. Prosecutors consider that the sentence is “illegal” in some parts and demand to toughen the punishment.

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December 5

When the last sturgeon will be caught…

Retired veteran of fish industry Vera Dzhamalova (on a photo) currently lives in Astana, but once or twice a year she comes to Atyrau, the city where she was born and worked all her life in the fishing industry.

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December 3

Karachaganak is there, “Bolashak” is here…

In Beryozovka village in West Kazakhstan Oblast 25 children and 4 adults were hospitalized as the result of poisoning with unknown substance. Local people believe that the cause of poisoning is the production of oil and gas at Karachaganak field located within several kilometers from the above village. Meanwhile, the Atyraulians also have reasons for concern: we have major Bolashak oil and gas processing plant near the city.


December 2

AIDS: New strategy and new patients

Press conference dedicated to World AIDS Day took place in the Center for formation of healthy lifestyle.


Public hearing to be held again

On November 26 public hearings of TenizService LLP have been held on the impact of “Freights transportation route for the facilities in the northeast part of the Caspian Sea” project to the environment.


November 28

Jump from the bridge

On November 25 approximately at 15:30 a man jumped from the central bridge into the river in Atyrau.


November 27

Roads closed for traffic in Atyrau on Nov 28

Nov 28 the roads for traffic will be closed due to repairs on:

- Kulmanov Street - the section from Pushkin Street till river enbankment.


November 25

The battle of Akzhar - Dog fighting

The first round of the regional championship on tests of domestic wolfhounds and Central Asian sheep-dogs took place in the suburban Akzhar village. People simply call such tests -  dog fights.


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.


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”.


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.


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.


“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.


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”.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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:


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:





Quote of the week

Karim Massimov, the RoK Prime Minister:

- The People's Republic of China proposed to the government of Kazakhstan the project on relocation of non-oil sector facilities to the territory of Kazakhstan. It involves a dozen of enterprises from non-oil sector and multi-billion contracts. We accepted this offer with gratitude. 

(said after the meeting of SCO government heads in Astana)

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