Kazakh Oil and Gas Minister to Co-chair and Speak at SPE Caspian Technical Conference

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London, UK (18 September 2014) – The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is delighted to announce that this year’s Caspian Technical Conference and Exhibition (CTCE), will now be co-chaired by Uzakbai Karabalin, First Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Minister Karabalin replaces his colleague Vice-Minister Magzum Mirzagaliyev in the role, following a recent reshuffle at the Kazakh Ministry of Energy.

Minister Karabalin will also be making a keynote speech on the opening day of the conference, which will take place from 12-14 November 2014 in Astana, joining other high-profile speakers from Shell, KMG, KAZENERGY, KPO, TCO, NCOC, Chevron and ExxonMobil.

First Vice-Minister U.S. Karabalin said: “Effective technological development is impossible without a platform for the exchange of professional experience and best practice on current important issues. The Caspian Technical Conference and Exhibition, held in Astana by the prestigious Society of Petroleum Engineers, is a particularly significant event for the Kazakh oil and gas industry.”

Campbell Keir, country chair and vice president, Shell Kazakhstansaid: “We are honoured that Minister Karabalin has decided to take up this role. He has put many years’ experience in the industry to good use in government, providing a clear policy framework for E&P countries to operate within. I look forward to hearing his thoughts on the way ahead for the industry in Kazakhstan and the region more broadly”.

Hosted by Shell, and held in partnership with the Kazakh Ministry of Energy and KAZENERGY, the conference will include four panel sessions which will explore the issues faced by the E&P industry in Kazakhstan and the broader Caspian region. Issues to be tackled include Kazakhstan’s long-term technology development strategy, regional technological challenges in oil and gas transportation, local capacity-building and technological innovation and collaboration.

There will also be a busy technical programme consisting of 18 sessions looking further into a range of hot topics in the Caspian region. Sessions will include:

  • Drilling and Completions
  • Reservoir Description and Dynamics
  • Reservoir Management
  • Artificial Lift Applications
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Improved Oil Recovery/Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Integrated Geological Studies
  • Well Intervention

More than 500 oil and gas industry professionals from IOCs, NOCs, government representatives, service companies, and others are expected to attend and contribute to the event.

To register for SPE CTCE, please visit www.spe.org/events/ctce/2014/


The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) serves more than 124,000 members in 135 countries worldwide where they are engaged in energy resources development and production. Its  mission is to collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources, and related technologies for the public benefit; and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence.