KPO took part in launching of factory, which will produce safety hoods made in Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan, 9 August 2019  – As part of initiatives aimed at increase of local content and engagement of Kazakhstani manufacturers in the oil and gas projects, Karachaganak Petroleum Operating B.V. (KPO) took part in the ceremony of launching a specialized production factory of groups of companies Akbarys which will locally produce emergency escape breathing devices.

Representatives of Nur-Sultan Akimat, representatives of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Authority - PSA LLP, British Embassy in Kazakhstan and representatives of oil and gas companies also attended the official ceremony.

Safety hoods - breathing apparatus produced by Akbarys based on the best British technology AVON Protection will be used during operations in H2S environment to protect personnel in case of leakage of sour gases in major oil and gas projects such as Karachaganak and Tengiz.

KPO and Akbarys have long-standing business relations.  It should be noted that in 2014 KPO and Akbarys company entered into a trial contract aimed at localizing the services on H2S detection and monitoring; then later several other contracts were made.

As Gabriele Giona, KPO Deputy General Director / Operations Director noted, “KPO is actively involved in the development of local content and localization of equipment and spare parts from Original Equipment Manufacturers.  Opening of the production factory in the capital city of Kazakhstan is another step of KPO in the development of promising and mutually beneficial cooperation aimed at introducing technologies and attracting investments in the development of Kazakhstan’s high-tech production and service potential.  This is an excellent result of collaboration of KPO, the Authority and the UK Department for International Trade”.

During the event, KPO also awarded a contract to Akbarys for the provision of 8300 units of emergency escape breathing devices produced in Kazakhstan.

KPO is one of the first oil and gas companies in Kazakhstan who successfully implemented the Local Content Development Programme.  As a result, the Local Content share in procurement of goods, works and services increased from 48 per cent in 2014 to 60 per cent in 2018.  In general, since signing of the FPSA in 1997, the Local Content share in procurement of goods, works and services has exceeded $7 billion.


For more information please contact:

Sergei Pushkarev: PushkS@kpo.kz

Gulnara Sharibayeva: ShariG@kpo.kz

KPO Corporate Affairs Department