URALSK, Western Kazakhstan Oblast, 3 November 2003 – A festive ceremony was held today in Uralsk to mark the re-opening of the Atoyan stadium, which was recently reconstructed by Karachaganak Petroleum Operating B.V (KPO) as a part of its annual social investment programme.

Attending the ceremony were top officials of Western Kazakhstan Oblast led by WKO Akim Krymbek Kusherbayev, KPO leadership, representatives of contractors as well as veterans and sportsmen of Uralsk.

During a wide scale reconstruction with a budget of some $ 2 million the stadium has been significantly expanded to include not only the football field, but also a number of courts for volleyball, basketball and hand ball, race tracks with an artificial surface, two seated stands for 8320 persons as well as a transformer sub-station and a car parking lot.

The main contractor was KazStroyService company. Sub-contractors included a number of renowned Uralsk-based companies including OralInzhStroy, Domostroitel, Metal Plant and others.

The full replacement of the green flooring using German technology was carried out by a Russian Intrust company known as a leader in this field among companies operating within the former USSR area.

The stadium’s east seated stand was replaced with a new one during the reconstruction. In addition, new booking offices were built, and a new lighting system was installed as well as utilities including a water pipeline, a heating system, sewerage, power supply, and a telecommunication system.

Chief of WKO authority for tourism and sports Muslim Undaganov said: “The Atoyan stadium is the second sports facility built as a part of KPO social investment programme. Thanks to the availability of such a state-of-the-art stadium in Uralsk, we can now regularly hold international and national championships and tournaments here and that not only will raise the prestige of the city, but will also engage even greater number of Uralsk youngsters in sports”.