The global oil and gas industry has its ebbs and flows but KIOGE remains the leading meeting place for professionals in Kazakhstan’s oil industry.
Opening KIOGE 2015, Magzum Mirzagaliyev, Vice Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, said, “KIOGE is regarded as the place for reaching agreements and is a stepping stone towards implementing perspective projects. I am pleased to see here both our old friends and new guests, representatives of Kazakhstani and foreign companies, and everybody who commits their long-term strategic priorities to Kazakhstan’s oil and gas industry, who shares partnership ideas for development. Our country highly values the dialogue and focus on joint work.”
The 23rd KIOGE exhibition took place from 6-9 October at Atakent, Almaty, bringing together over 350 exhibitors from 25 countries, ranging from exploration and production to refinery and consulting companies. National stands were held by Austria, Germany and China. For four days of the exhibition, the event was visited by more than 4,000 industry specialists.
The exhibition took place with support from the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, KazMunaiGaz, the Akimat (Mayor’s office) of the City of Almaty, the Kazakhstan Union of Service Companies KazService and diplomatic missions from participating countries.
KIOGE 2015’s partners included Bashneftegeofizika, Welltec, Velan, GMC Group, Ozna Company, Lloyd's Register Energy, Auma Drives, Tengizchevroil, TMF Group, Fluor and Honeywell.
Maksat Tadzhibayev, KazNIPImunaygas JSC:
“I enjoy visiting KIOGE. It is the epicentre of the latest events related to oil and gas. Such exhibitions are very useful, as here we meet other large companies and potential partners.”
Aleksey Usachev, Chief Engineer for Electrical Equipment Repair of the Atyrau Petrochemical Plant (APP), noted that his visit had been both efficient and effective. He made contact with around ten companies from Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and other countries.
KIOGE 2015 presented technologies for oil and gas storage and transportation, manufacturers of the latest measurement tools, pressure and temperature control devices, and muc more.
Along with foreign exhibitors, local companies and joint enterprises demonstrated advanced solutions for the oil and gas industry.
As usual, the key exhibit was KazMunaiGaz’s stand, which brought together its subsidiaries. Nurtas Shmanov, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board for Service Projects of KazMunaiGaz; Kayrgeldy Kabyldin, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board for Oil Transportation of KazMunaiGaz; and Kairat Sharipbayev, Deputy Chairman of the Transportation and Marketing of Gas of KazMunaiGaz, took active part in KIOGE 2015.
Germany was represented by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of the Federal Republic of Germany in cooperation with the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry with support from the Association of German Engineers.
Monica Khoplakher, Head of the CIS Countries Division of the Association of German Engineers commented, “We are here through the German Ministry of Economic Affairs’ programme to support mid-size companies that would not otherwise get the opportunity to enter foreign markets independently, especially those remote from Germany. Here, at KIOGE, we are presenting 26 companies from various sectors. These are mainly manufacturers of pumps, offshore platforms, fittings, various energy equipment and technological services, including drilling works.”
Michael Muller, on behalf of the Trade Attaché and Head of the Commercial Section of the Austrian Embassy to Kazakhstan, noted in his official welcome letter, that it is the first time that Austria’s official trade promotion organisation Advantage Austria presented a stand that brought together 11 companies. “In terms of the need for greater efficiency and cost savings, the Made in Austria quality brand is especially in demand.”
China was well represented at the exhibition, particularly by regional and related branches of the CNPC Corporation. Xinjiang Petroleum Survey and Design Institute were among newcomers this year.
At the beginning of the 90s, KIOGE mainly featured oil companies, but in recent years, more and more manufacturers have been exhibiting, and not just from Kazakhstan – this year China and Russia were widely represented. One Russian company exhibiting was Ozna, represented by Olga Shokurova, who said, “We are regular exhibitors at KIOGE. Our company has worked in Kazakhstan for many years and we intend to remain here for a long time to come.”
The largest Russian manufacturer of electric blast-resistant equipment, Velan, presented a blast-resistant computer and wireless Wi-Fi access point for the first time in Kazakhstan.
IEC TELECOM presented three innovative solutions for voice and data transfer: Thuraya Atlas, Thuraya IP+ and Thuraya HotSleeve focus on optimising business processes and efficiency gains in modern business. “We see a lot of interest from the conference participants in our new solutions. Innovations in telecommunications enable the oil and gas industry to save costs and time, which is of critical importance during the crisis. That was the reason of our success at KIOGE, I suppose,” commented Nabil Ben Soussia, CEO of IEC Telecom Kazakhstan.
The huge outdoor presented a whole range of car modifications, including those from Almaty Kamaz Autocentre. Here, one could also examine containers produced in Kazakhstan, solar power electrical generators and engines from Europe, a huge cable handling vehicle and other equipment.
KIOGE is on the agendas of both professionals from leading private fuel and energy companies and senior officials from relevant state institutions.
KIOGE 2015 was attended by senior management from AtyrauNefteMash and Atyrau and Pavlodar Oil Refineries; Larisa Zhumagaliyeva, Head of the Agency for Entrepreneurship and Industrial Innovative Development; the Akimat (Mayor) of the Atyrau Region; and Amirbek Tulegen, Chair of the Board for Aktau Seaport Special Economic Zone.
Albert Rau, Vice Minister of Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, praised the exhibition and held a number of negotiations with exhibitors, including Mr. Young Tahk Park, Executive Vice Chairman of the Korean Association of Machinery Industry, on the potential launch of new facilities in Kazakhstan.
Every year, Iteca and its international partner ITE Group offer exhibitors and visitors new technological solutions to help make the most of the exhibition’s opportunities. This year, a new visitor registration system was introduced, providing a more efficient data processing system enabling the team to inform visitors of upcoming events and reduce registration time.
A promotional event was held at the exhibition, with support from Honeywell, to introduce the new branding for Iteca’s oil and gas events, as part of ITE’s broader initiative. Next year, KIOGE will be held under the new Global Oil and Gas brand.
Official website – www.kioge.kz.