By Laura Suleimenova
We published several articles about incredibly favorable attitude of the consortium towards its foreign contractors working at Kashagan project and who, despite serious failures in their activities, again and again become bid winners.
Unpleasant Story with Pipes
There are many examples of such condescension to certain contractors. Let's take, for example, the Italian oilfield services company “Saipem" that for the second time, as general contractor, was awarded the contract for construction of offshore pipelines running from D island to Bolashak plant. To recall, the initial pipelines that were laid by the same Saipem jointly with its subsidiary “Ersai Caspian Contractor", failed right after the start up in 2013, therefore postponing the re-start of the Kashagan project at least until 2016.
Or we can recollect the story with the Italian company “Bonatti SpA" that spilled a large amount of diesel fuel on the
However in our publication we will talk about absolutely different company – a small branch of foreign firm – “BMT ARGOS B.V. in Atyrau, Kazakhstan". However, on this very example it is visible how considerable amounts of money at major projects flow past the state treasury.
The above-mentioned company provided weather forecast services, as well as water level and general hydrometeorological services for Agip KCO, currently NCOC N.V. Since the events mentioned below took place in 2008-2014 – i.e. prior to merging of companies at Kashagan project into one unified company (see “North Caspian project to have one joint company") - the name of Agip KCO appears in audit materials of supervisory authorities.
Past the State Treasury
According to our information,
Although, these facts were voiced at the recent parliamentary hearings, the government, so far, showed no reaction. Meanwhile, from such actions of foreign companies the state budget suffers serious damages and losses in the form of short-received obligatory taxes and payments.
Crew of Invisibles
It tool our editorial office a long time to wait for responses to corresponding inquiries that we sent to State Revenues Department and State Labour Inspection Adminstration. But we received the answers. Unscheduled audit of State Labour Inspection carried out from May 6 to June 9, 2015 showed that
Foreign workers upon their arrival to Atyrau first got business visas (without the right for permanent work). Thus, foreign experts were located in Atyrau office of
Such foreign experts as Craig Gray David, Mark Van Der Putte, John Lindley(
I Want Expat's Salary
As it appears from audit materials, the company didn't present to labour inspectorate neither the list of employees, nor any other documents indicating the number of staff and employees' salaries for 2011-2012.
Meanwhile the study of the staff list of
Salary of an engineer who estimated ice condition on the
An enormous difference in salaries the state labour inspectorate connects with absence of wage scale in “
“Everything According to the Contract"
According to our sources,
During the preparation of this publication, the department informed us that the company disagreed with violations specified in the notice and presented their arguments.
The foreign company claims that financial settlements were made through head office in accordance with the terms of concluded contract.
In this regard the state revenues department of Atyrau Oblast asked the Committee of state revenues under the RoK Ministry of Finance to send inquiry to competent authorities of the country of residence of
We failed to find out the opinion of the management of the company re. the facts revealed during audits: we were informed by the office of
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