The Inaugural SPE CTCE Successfully Offered Technical Knowledge Sharing in Kazakhstan

London, UK (15 December 2014) – The inaugural Society of Petroleum Engineers Caspian Technical Conference and Exhibition (CTCE), the first technical oil and gas conference ever to take place in the region, successfully provided technical knowledge sharing to 500 attendees 12-14, November, 2014. CTCE was hosted by Shell and held in partnership with the Kazakh Ministry of Energy and KAZENERGY Association and sponsored by ExxonMobil, KazMunayGaz, Chevron, TCO, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, BG Kazakhstan, Weatherford, and Inpex.

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 modeling; discussed case studies, operational excellence and environmental stewardship, and more.

High-level discussion panels also took place where leading Industry experts such as 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 openly discussed future strategies covering long term oil and gas technology development, challenges facing oil and gas transportation, local capacity building and knowledge transfer and driving E&P performance through technology.

More than 500 industry professionals gathered at the Korme Exhibition Center in Astana to hear from speakers 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, and more.

Campbell Keir, former Shell Kazakhstan General Manager and Country Chairman said SPE will be building on this successful event and the Kazakhstan Upstream Technology Roadmap with specific themed workshops and training events.

These activities will be performed in close collaboration with the companies -moderators of five priority areas established in the Technology Roadmap (Reservoir Characterisation, Field Equipment, Fluid Flow Processing, Wells and Field Management and HSE & Operations). SPE and its supporters will continue to work in Kazakhstan to raise awareness on new technologies contributing to the interconnection of the international themes with the local activities.

There is immense potential for the oil and gas industry in the Caspian. Events such as CTCE help oil and gas companies and other regional stakeholders to work more closely together, which is how this potential will best be realised.

Technical papers from CTCE can be downloaded from


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.

Across Russia and the Caspian region it has 16 member sections and 19 student chapters, with numbers growing continually.

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