• 2015 – a Happy New Year in exports for your SME?!

    Posted 22/01/2015

    Zana Zhylynyzben! Or Happy New Year! (in Kazakh) Will 2015 be a great year in business for your SME? The answer is almost certainly yes if you can tap in to lucrative export markets and see your business grow at a far faster rate than if you continue to focus purely on the domestic market. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be busting the myth that exports are the preserve of the big corporates and showing you why SMEs can steal a march in the export market to Kazakhstan!

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    Posted in: Export, Opportunities for SMEs, Recent Developments, Uncategorized

  • UK Businesses encouraged to collaborate and export

    Posted 15/10/2014

    The operators of Kazakhstan’s largest oil fields, Kashagan, Karachaganak and Tengiz announced last month that they were to establish a joint venture engaged in the drilling and engineering fields.

    Kazakhstan’s First Deputy Energy Minister, Uzakbai Karabalin, was keen to emphasise that “With [this] active phase of expansion.. high-tech types of service and equipment will be needed, and we will need to use every opportunity to establish competent local companies.” He went on to say that “[The] optimal option is to set up joint ventures with world leaders with the assistance of advanced technologies.”

    Could your manufacturing/service SME seize this opportunity?

    It is well known that Kazakh companies often lack the experience, knowledge for complex oil, gas sector services, creating a huge opportunity for foreign companies to forge a way into the market to bridge the gaps in expertise. And this is no ordinary overseas market. One of the five Central Asian countries, Kazakhstan is rich with hydrocarbon reserves. The country’s production comes mainly from five onshore fields – Tengiz, Karachaganak, Aktobe, Mangistau, and Uzen – and two offshore fields – Kashagan and Kurmangazy, which are both located in the Caspian Sea.

    Sheer market potential is HUGE!

    The recoverable oil reserves of the Kashagan field are estimated at 11 billion barrels, whilst total geological raw material reserves stand at 35 billion barrels. In addition, natural gas reserves are estimated at over 1 trillion cubic metres. The Tengiz oil field is one of the deepest and largest oil fields in the world. Reserves of the deposit are estimated at 750 million to 1.1 billion tons (6-9 billion barrels) of recoverable oil. Karachaganak is another of the world’s largest oil fields. Its reserves amount to 1.2 billion tons, while those of natural gas are 1.35 trillion cubic metres.

    Total oil production in Kazakhstan amounted to 81.7 million tons last year which is 3.2 percent more than in 2012. The forecasts show after 2020 around two million barrels of oil will be produced in Kazakhstan per day. The country plans to produce 83 million tons of oil, 41 billion cubic meters of gas, as well as to process 14.7 million tons of oil in 2014.

    Could your SME collaborate?

    There are lots of companies in Kazakhstan who are looking to collaborate with overseas companies with the right skills and expertise. If you your SME is part of the high tech services industry or manufactures specialist equipment, particularly with applications in the oil/gas sector, now is the time to consider the type of growth your business could achieve by exporting to Kazakhstan. With many years experience of trading in country, we can help you make the connections you need to get started and smooth the way to working successfully in Kazakhstan.

    Interested? To find out more about the opportunities available, call us on 01935 315055 or get in touch via the website.

    Posted in: Uncategorized

  • Daily Blog from Kazakhstan

    Posted 19/05/2014

     Update from Kazopp MD, Graham Potts in Kazakhstan

    Flights on time, so we landed in Atyrau on schedule at 19.20 local time, to an outside temperature of 30°C! Proceeded through immigration  – top tips, always get two stamps at immigration on the migration card handed out on the plane and you’ll need your baggage ticket (usually stuck to boarding card) for hold luggage, as this is checked before you leave the baggage area.

    Renaissance hotel, Atyrau

    The Renaissance Hotel, Atyrau where the UKTI event will be held 19th-21st May 2014

    Looking forward to the Shell/UKTI Kazakhstan Supply Chain Engagement Forum tomorrow – it seems one of the UKTI team didn’t get their visa through in time, so I’ve been asked and have agreed to help facilitate the one-to-one meetings scheduled tomorrow afternoon as part of the event. All good for promoting the Kazopp profile and our suppliers!

    Check back tomorrow to find out more!

    Posted in: Opportunities for SMEs, Uncategorized