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         continued from page 18             footprint and could serve an expanded   rine,”  says Brodie. “That includes ac-
         dustries. However, the economic  cli-  customer base through recruitment of   credited training programs as well as
         mate in Kazakhstan, in particular,   additional sales representatives.  third-party qualifications. And despite
         lends itself to diversification.     “We are actively contacting profes-  market challenges, we remain excited
           Situated to the east of the Caspian Sea   sionals in the country’s mines and   about prospects for our diversification
         (Baku, Azerbaijan is 230 miles south   power stations to update procurement   strategy and look forward to what 2017
         west on the opposite coastline), the Ak-  contacts and arrange further meetings   has in store for the Aktau operation.”
         tau site is well placed to serve the nearby   to discuss potential cooperations,” adds   The  growing  demand  in  Azerbaijan
         Kashagan and Tengiz oil fields but, more   Brodie. “And there are many similari-  for effective and professional training
         notably of late, Kazakhstan’s mining and   ties between the industries and our tra-  services led to the unveiling of Rigma-
         power industries are demanding heavy   ditional offshore markets but to release   rine’s new custom built training facility.
         lifting equipment as the oil and gas mar-  this potential we need sales staff strate-  The 10 class facility with expansion
         ket remains cool in the region.    gically positioned to build relationships.  plans for a further 10 is without doubt
           “While globally there are positive signs   “However, there is one tricky issue to   the most advanced in the region and is
         for the oil and gas sector, the Kashagan   deal with as well, and that it the fact   delivering internationally accredited
         field  has  experienced  problems  and  I   that majority of Kazakhstan’s  power   courses  to the Oil and Gas industry.
         don’t anticipate Phase II of the drilling   and mining  companies are govern-  The expansion also allows an increase
         project  to  commence  for  a  number  of   ment-owned and will source equipment   in abilities to offer a full range of Health
         years,” according to Neil Brodie, Gen-  via tender processes. Accordingly, Rig-  and Safety management programs un-
         eral Manager at Rigmarine Kazakhstan   marine is registered to respond to these   derpinned  by  recognized  industry  fig-
         LLP. “Mines and power stations howev-  requests as they are issued.”  ures such as NEBOSH and IOSH.
         er, are showing signs of greater potential   Meanwhile, the Tengizchevroil (TCO)   Contracted by Maersk,  Rigmarine
         and there are opportunities to leverage   joint venture Future Growth Project and   has even delivered and installed a pre-
         our heavy lift expertise and product sup-  Wellhead Pressure Management Project   layed mooring system for the MODU
         ply capabilities as well.”         at the Tengiz oil field will create product   Explorer  in  preparation of  their  drill-
           Despite  the  fact  that  Kazakhstan’s   and service opportunities as it gathers   ing program for France’s TOTAL.
         mines  are located in  eastern regions,   pace.  Tengizchevroil  LLP  was  formed   Managing the complete operation from
         such as Almaty, Astana, Karaganda   between the Republic of Kazakhstan and   mobilization, delivery, quayside man-
         and Pavlodar (the latter is approximate-  Chevron Corporation in 1993 to explore   agement through to deployment meant
         ly  2,000  miles  away  in  the  country’s   and develop the Tengiz oilfield.  a  smooth  and  trouble  free  solution  to
         northeastern corner), Brodie states that   “We have built up and retained a   both the rig operator and their client.
         Rigmarine wouldn’t need to expand its   skilled  workforce  through  the Rigma-        continued on page 22

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