Dear ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, I would like to welcome the sponsors, supporters, delegates, exhibitors and visitors of the Inaugural SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.
Kazakhstan is currently one of the leading Oil producing areas in the World and its successful development of its oil and gas industry plays a dominating role in the Caspian Region as well as strengthening the stability of the Republic's international and regional position.
Large-scale projects in exploration, production and processing of raw materials are being successfully carried out in country, and an innovative development model is being actively introduced. In the future, Kazakhstan will significantly strengthen its position in the global oil and gas balance.
The SPE event has been created as a specialised platform for the exchange of Technical Knowledge, looking at local and global best practices and innovations with the hope of solving pressing industry issues.
The event's main mission has always been and remains an opportunity for demonstrating the industry's latest achievements, intensively exchanging of experience, introducing advanced innovative technologies, and opening up new horizons for cooperation of international and Kazakhstani companies.
I wish all the participants of the SPE Annual Caspian Technical Conference and exhibition every success and prosperity.
Uzakbai Suleimenovich Karabalin,
First Deputy Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan