KazMunayGas and the Ministry of Environment, Geology and Natural Resources sign a memorandum of cooperation
On 6 August 2019 JSC NC “KazMunayGas” (KMG) and the Ministry of Environment, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan (the Ministry of Environment) signed the Memorandum of Cooperation In Environmental Protection (the Memorandum). The document was signed by Chairman of KMG's Management Board Alik Aidarbayev and the Minister of Environment, Geology and Natural Resources Magzum Mirzagaliyev.
The Memorandum was signed in order to enhance the quality of the environment, ensure environmental safety and strengthen cooperation. According to the document, KMG's subsidiaries, Karazhanbasmunai JSC, Mangistaumunaigas JSC, Ozenmunaygas JSC, assume obligations for clean-up the oil-contaminated soil within the contract areas, as well as disposal and recycling of the waste, placed at the unorganized sludge dumps. It's worth noting, that the development of oil fields in the Mangistau Province started as early as in the last century, leading to creation of immense oil-contaminated soil areas (various processing wastes and old oil spills). As of now, the KMG group has resolved on disposal of historical contaminations.
As per the memorandum signed, KMG, jointly with its subsidiary and dependent companies, will provide strict adherence to and application of the environmental requirements and standards, make an inventory of waste on the contract areas, apply best practices and environmentally benign technology for waste recycling, land restoration and reclamation, and ensure further utilization of the waste recycling products (decontaminated soil) in the economic activities etc.
In its turn, the Ministry of Environment shall exercise control over the compliance with the environmental legislation requirements, and coordinate implementation of the measures for reducing the environmental impact of KMG group's operations. According to Magzum Mirzagaliyev, Minister of Environment, Geology and Natural Resources, it's for the first time that a company assumes obligations of this scope in Kazakhstan.
“The execution of this document will make it possible to clean a considerable territory of oil-contaminated areas in the west of the country, and maintain favourable environmental profile in the region. The Ministry is also planning a whole package of measures, aimed to protect the environment”, - M. Mirzagaliyev noted.
“The operations of the KMG group are directly associated with environmental impact. That is why we are, like no other, interested in conserving our nation's nature and natural resources, eliminating historical environmental contaminations, and reducing waste. This Memorandum will enable us to joint efforts with Ministry of Environment and enhance the environmental profile in the regions of KazMunayGas presence to the maximum”, – Alik Aidarbayev, Chairman of KMG's Management Board, noted.