This year’s Caspian Technical Conference and Exhibition (CTCE) will now be co-chaired by Uzakbai Karabalin, first vice-minister of energy of the Republic of Kazahkstan.
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) confirmed the reshuffle. Minister Karabalin replaced his colleague vice-minister Magzum Mirzagaliyev for the role.
Minister 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.”
Minister Karabalin will be joined by speakers from Shell, KMG, KAZENERGY, KPO, TCO, NCOC, Chevron and ExxonMobil. The conference takes place from Wednesday, November 12 through November 14.
Campbell Keir, country chair and vice president of Shell Kazakhstan, said: “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.”
The conference, hosted by Shell and held in partnership with the Kazahk Ministry of Energy and KAZENERGY, will include four panel sessions which will explore the issues faced by the industry in the Caspian region.
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 in Astana.