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         construction, break bulk, shipping and
         marine industries.  However, the eco-
         nomic  climate in  Kazakhstan,  in  par-
         ticular, lends itself to diversification.
           Situated to the east of the Caspian Sea
         (Baku, Azerbaijan is 230 miles south
         west on the opposite coastline), the Ak-
         tau site is well placed to serve the nearby
         Kashagan and Tengiz oil fields but, more
         notably of late, Kazakhstan’s mining and
         power industries are demanding heavy
         lifting equipment as the oil and gas mar-
         ket remains cool in the region.
           Neil Brodie, General Manager at Rig-
         marine Kazakhstan LLP, said: “While
         globally there are positive signs for the
         [oil and gas] sector, the Kashagan field
         has  experienced problems and I don’t
         anticipate Phase II of the drilling proj-
         ect to commence for a number of years.
         Mines  and power stations, however,   Personnel at Rigmarine’s Aktau, Kazakhstan facility manufacturing a 76mm wire rope sling.
         are showing signs of greater potential   try’s northeastern corner), Brodie said   meetings to discuss potential coopera-
         and there are opportunities to leverage   Rigmarine wouldn’t need to expand its   tions. There are many similarities be-
         our  heavy lift expertise and product   footprint and could serve an expanded   tween the industries and our tradition-
         supply capabilities.”              customer base through recruitment of   al offshore markets but to release this
           Despite the fact that Kazakhstan’s   additional sales representatives.  potential we need sales staff strategi-
         mines  are  located in  eastern  regions,   He said: “We are actively contacting   cally positioned to build relationships.”
         such  as Almaty, Astana, Karaganda   professionals  in  the  country’s  mines   However, Brodie notes that the ma-
         and Pavlodar (the  latter is  approxi-  and power stations to update procure-  jority of Kazakhstan’s power and min-
         mately 2,000 miles away in the coun-  ment contacts  and arrange  further   ing companies are government-owned



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