Kazakhstanthis week is hosting a forum of energy experts to work out responses to the most important challenges and risks facing the industry in the Eurasian region
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Tuesday, October 05, 2010 - The 5th Eurasian KAZENERGY forum kicked off in the Kazakh capital Astana on Tuesday to give special attention to energy geopolitics among the Eurasian nations, said Timur Kulibayev, Chairman of the oil, gas and energy complex KAZENERGY.
The forum, held under the working theme “Energy map of Eurasia: balance of risks and new opportunities,” will attempt to establish response strategies to unexpected challenges and agree on a formula to develop regional industries in the post-economic crisis era.
“We’ll pay special attention to issues of ecology and environmental protection which acquired special importance after the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico,” the Itar-Tass news agency cited Kulibayev as saying on Tuesday. Participants will also study how to apply alternative energy sources and discuss the transit and transportation of raw materials, he told the news agency.Kazakhstan, which boasts Central Asia’s largest economy, also hopes to sign new contracts and strengthen its image as a reliable supplier of resources, especially with its Russian partners. “Russia is a key and strategically important partner of Kazakhstan both in the field of energy and the whole complex of political and economic relations. Our countries are actively developing bilateral energy interaction,” Kulibayev said.
Kulibayev noted that the Astana government hoped to advance large-scale uranium and nuclear projects and oil pipelines with Russia.