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February 8 2016

​Weather forecasters predict cold February

According to the head of weather forecasts of the regional branch of Kazhydromet Koulyaina Myrzasheva, it tends to become cold.


December 22 2015

TCO fined at KZT 124 mln 600 thousand for ecological damage

The court of Atyrau region has levied more than 12 mln tenge penalty against LLP Tengizchevroil.


December 21 2015

​Atyrau Refinery fined, steaming of railcars stopped

Atyrau Oblast Prosecutor's Administration Office #1 circulated the press release about the inspection that had been carried out jointly with the regional department of ecology. The reason for inspection was specified as follows: "in connection with latest frequent cases of pollution of atmospheric air in Atyrau".


December 15 2015

Atyrau resident pays attention of the authorities to a sad state of the Ural River (+Video)

The resident of Atyrau made a video where he called the authorities to pay attention to a deplorable condition of the Ural River embankment.


November 18 2015

​It is snowing in Atyrau …

It was snowing today in Atyrau, it was the first snow this year and the first one in autumn…


November 10 2015

​First snow in Tengiz, but it is still early for cold weather

According to Kulaina Myrzasheva, the head of weather forecast department of "Kazhydromet" regional branch, tonight air temperature will drop down to -1 degree C. In Sagiz and Ganyushkino villages the temperature dropped down to -8 degrees C.


October 9 2015

​Upcoming week will be cold

"Kazhydromet" weather forecasting agency informed that warm weather will only come at the end of next week.


October 7 2015

​Cold snap and wet snow in the western regions of Kazakhstan

Weather forecast for 8-10 October, 2015 from Kazhydromet.


September 22 2015

​Tomorrow you are invited to public hearings on Kashagan

Tomorrow, September 23, at 11.00 o'clock in Renaissance hotel NCOC will hold public hearings on the draft Plan of nature protection activities for 2016.


August 18 2015

​"We don't need others poison!" Atyrau against the construction of resistant organic pollutants utilization plant

The plant for utilization of dangerous wastes (pesticides and toxic chemicals) could be built in Atyrau Oblast. At the moment the government is inclined to make such decision. However local authorities are categorically against it.


August 17 2015

​"The Ural River is turning into a bog"

Laboratory analyses that were ordered by our newspaper showed that the river water doesn't contain any impurities.


​No polluting substances found in the river

According to preliminary results of laboratory researches a small excess of phenol has been found in water samples on August 10, - informed over the phone the head of Zhaik-Caspian basin inspectorate for regulation of use and protection of water resources Bisen Kuanov.


August 14 2015

August 12 - the Day of the Caspian Sea, the holiday with tears in the eyes

On August 12, Atyrau celebrated the Day of the Caspian Sea.

The festive event was organized by NCOC - the operator of the North Caspian project and the government administration of Atyrau Oblast. The oil company coincided with this event the presentation of the book "Monitoring of Surrounding Environment of the Northeast Caspian Sea During Development of Oil Fields". It is the collection of scientific articles based on results of ecological researches within the framework of implementation of the North Caspian project during the period from 1993 to 2006. The authors, mainly from Almaty, were invited to the event (see on the photo).


August 11 2015

It's not a paint - Nature protection prosecutor about green colour of the River Ural

The abnormal situation on the River Ural where water at its coastal part has a saturated greenish-blue color and oily density, caused concern among the residents. There are various versions - including the version that large volumes of green paint had got into the river.


July 14 2015

​Bird flu revealed in dead gannet in Atyrau region

The Italian specialists have discovered the bird flu H5 N1 in the dead gannet in Atyrau region.


June 30 2015

​Temperature hits 54 degrees Celsius in Atyrau

Abnormally hot weather has been tormenting Atyrau for two weeks already.


June 19 2015

Crude oil spill stretching over a hectare discovered in steppe

During the raid organized by the nature protection prosecutor's office on the territory of Makat Distrct, the team discovered oil spill along the railroad located between Karabatan station and Taskesken double track station.


June 17 2015

​Fire at local landfill

On June 17, at 7:00am fire broke out at a city landfill in Atyrau.


June 9 2015

Hydrogen sulfide footprints lead to Rotten valley

"Ak Zhaik" newspaper has learnt about the results of the “Complex research of impact of Atyura Refinery and other production facilities (located within the city bopundaries) on the condition of environment and health of Atyrau population" for 2014.


May 22 2015

​Fish swam into canal to die

Mass fish death registered in At Otkel canal located in Kurmangazy District. The reason of death is the same as it was with recent mass fish death at Shmanozek channel located on the territory of Ak Zhaik wildlife reserve - lack of oxygen.


May 15 2015

Mass fish mortality in Shmanozek channel

Mass mortality of common fresh water fish has been registered in Shmanozek fish by-pass channel located on the territory of “Ak Zhaik" wildlife reserve.


May 13 2015

​Emergency response center was summoned at 2 o'clock at night

According to Emergency Situations Department data as of May 12 in Atyrau 42 houses got waterlogged due to heavy rainfall. No victims reported, 123 people have been evacuated.


May 6 2015

​Kashagan: everything is insured, except …

A comment under the article "Kashagan as premonition" published on “AkZhaik" website inquired why criminal case hasn't been initiated still against contracting companies that constructed faulty pipes in the North Caspian project. Pipes later required replacement. But this is, no hard feelings, please, a naive question, in the light of the Agreement signed in December of last year between the Kazakhstan party and NCOC - the operator of the North Caspian project (see "Everything was written off and still remained endebted to all").


April 28 2015

​Death of pelicans: still a mystery

The working group engaged in investigation of mass death of Dalmatian pelicans in the delta of the Kigach river in Kurmangazy District still cannot establish the cause of death of birds, informed the chief of Atyrau inspectorate of forestry and fauna Murat Ermekkaliev at "Bekire-2015" headquarters' coordination meeting. To recall, about 70 carcasses of dead birds have been revealed by the specialists of NCOC company on April 11 during helicopter flight.


April 23 2015

April 22 2015

​Storm warning

On the night of April 23, in Atyrau Oblast freezings down to - 3 degrees are expected.


April 17 2015

​Why did pelicans die?

In the estuary of the Kigach River in Kurmangazy District of Atyrau Oblast the North Caspian Operating company found 70 dead birds of rare Dalmatian pelicans.


April 9 2015

Ministry of Energy broke the law

In the publication "Rushing at Kashagan barged into the Law" it was reported that Managing Director of NCOC Stephane de Mahieu addressed the RoK Minister of Energy Vladimir Shkolnik with request to assist in introduction of changes to Aticles 257 and 258 of Environmental Code that forbid the construction activities on the Caspian Sea during the period from April 1 to July 15.


April 3 2015

Water will be low in Ural River this year

This year water level in the Ural River during flooding season is expected to be low, reported Bisen Kuanov, the head of Ural-Caspian interregional basin inspection of water management.


April 1 2015

Rushing at Kashagan barged into the Law

As it became known to Ak Zhaik newspaper, the North Caspian project operator NCOC tries to secure changes to the RoK Ecological Code. Otherwise the consortium will not meet the announced completion dates of new pipelines construction and renew oil production at Kashagan (in the second half of 2016).


March 31 2015

Storm warning

Emergency department of Atyrau Oblast circulated information about storm warning on March 31.


March 5 2015

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.


February 26 2015

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 17 2015

Everything was written off and still remained indebted to all

“Ak Zhaik” has learnt the details of the agreement signed on December 13, last year between the Government of Kazakhstan and Kashagan project Operator – NCOC. Kazakhstan has actually “written off” consortium’s multi-billion ecological penalty in exchange for investments into EXPO-2017.