2014 Event

Successful launch of the 2014 SPE Caspian Technical Conference and Exhibition in Astana, Kazakhstan

The inaugural SPE Caspian Technical Conference and Exhibition (CTCE) was launched on the 12-14 November, at Korme Exhibition Centre in Astana, Kazakhstan.  This unique event united over 500 of the industry’s top Caspian Oil & Gas key stake holders, local and international experts and global suppliers together, to share technical knowledge, expertise and innovations and discuss the latest challenges and developments in the region.  The event hosted by Shell and held in partnership with the Kazakh Ministry of Energy and KAZENERGY Association, was the first one on this scale that SPE has organised in the Caspian.

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Chris Hopkinson, First Deputy Chairman, KMG, Asset Magauov, General Director, KAZENERGY, Magzum Mirzagaliyev, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Helge Hove Haldorsen, President, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Ted Etchison, General Manager Operations, TCO

Speakers were drawn from the highest echelons of government, operators, service providers, advisory firms, and energy research companies, including Magzum Mirzagaliyev, Vice Minister, Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kieron McFadyen, Vice President - JV Excellence, Shell, Asset Magauov, General Director, KAZENERGY, Daurzhan Augambay, Chairman, KAZSERVICE, Chris Hopkinson, First Deputy Chairman, KMG, Ted Etchison, General Manager Operations, TCO, Damiano Ratti, General Director, KPO, Frank Cassulo, GM/Deputy MD - Eurasia Business Unit, Chevron, Bruno Jardin, MD, ExxonMobil, Peter Costello, President, BG Kazakhstan, Paulo Giraudi, MD, AGIP Karachaganak, and Gokhan Saygi, President, Schlumberger Russia & Central Asia to name a few. The event was officially opened by SPE 2015 President, Helge Hove.his vision on SPE 2.0

Over the three days of the event, four high-level discussion panels took place, where leading Industry experts openly discussed future strategies covering long term oil and gas technology development, challenges facing oil & gas transportation, local capacity building and knowledge transfer and driving E&P performance through technology. Panel speakers included Duncan van Bergen, VP Kazakhstan, Shell, Murat Mynbaylev, GM, TCO, John Richard Denis, General Director, KMG, Scientific Research Institute of Production & Drilling Technology, Kairgeldy Kabyldin, Deputy CEO KMG/General Director KazTransOil, Timur Rakhanov, General Director, Kazakhstan Pipeline Ventures LLC, Baltabek Kuandykov, General coordinator of Eurasia Project and Nurpeisov Marat Sailaubekovich, Director General Oil Company ‘Kor’ JSC.

Magzum Mirzagaliyev, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Helge Hove Haldorsen, President, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Ted Etchison, General Manager Operations, TCO. 

Student Development Summit

18 technical sessions across the conference programme focussed on the issues faced by the exploration and production (E&P) industry in Kazakhstan and the broader Caspian region. 54 technical papers were delivered covering drilling and completions, well intervention, reservoir characterization and modelling; discussed case studies, operational excellence and environmental stewardship.

Highlighting talent development, the Regional Student Development Summit, supported by the Ministry of Energy and KAZENERGY Association and sponsored by KazMunayGas, Maersk Oil, BG Kazakhstan, Schlumberger and INPEX, saw 60 students from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russian student chapters gather to have their own interactive learning experience. The student event covered a mixture of technical, soft skill and project based presentation and activities and opportunities to network with peers, share ideas, meet major industry figures and employees.  Keynote addresses were given by Magzum Mirzagaliyev, Vice Minister, Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Helge Hove, 2015 SPE President.

On the closing day attendees heard from both Campbell Keir, former Shell Country Chair and the SPE that the SPE will be building on the Kazakhstan Upstream Technology Roadmap with specific themed workshops and training events.

CTCE 2014 was Supported by the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, KAZENERGY Association, Hosted by Shell and sponsored by leading oil & gas companies, ExxonMobil, KazMunayGaz, Chevron, TCO, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, BG Kazakhstan, Weatherford and Inpex. Supporting Associations and Academic Institutions were AMCHAM, Scientific Research Institute of Production & Dilling Technology of KazMunayGas LLP, KAZSERVICE, Kazakhstan Association of Petroleum Geologists, KING and the National Agency for Technological Development.

To find out more information, visit the 2014 event website, or download the 2014 student conference programme and 2014 student programme. The 2015 event will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan on the 4-6 November.