"Oil Heritage" book series

Oil of Kazakhstan. The Centennial History

This book by noted oil expert, statesman and public figure Ravil Cherdabayev tells the story of the birth, establishment and development of the oil industry in the Republic of Kazakhstan, starting in ancient times, while also describing the current state of the country’s oil and gas industry.

The edition contains extensive scientific and historical materials about all the key events in more than 100 years of Kazakhstan oil history which influenced the development of both the oil industry and the country’s economy as a whole, about the important role of Kazakhstan oil in the Soviet period, particularly during the Great Patriotic War, as well as its significance in the first years of the country’s independence.

A separate chapter is devoted to predictions and prospects for oil and gas industry development in the future, statistic data is given about the reserves and production of “black gold” in Kazakhstan and other regions of the world, considering the issues of the environment, energy conservation and the development of alternative energy sources.

A special place in the book is devoted to key industry representatives: scientists, pioneers, production organizers and other workers, statesmen and public figures and industry chiefs who have made a huge contribution to the development of the country’s oil industry.

The book presents very rare archived information, photos, illustrations and infographics; it is written in a popular scientific style and so is aimed not only at oil and gas sector specialists but also at everyone interested in Kazakhstan’s oil history.

Ravil Cherdabayev

Chief Editor
Meirzhan Kurmanov

Editorial Team
Yuliana Alexeyenko, Zhiyenbet Aristambayev, Ulan Abishev, Meirzhan Kurmanov, Eldar Agamalov, Lyudmila Cherdabayeva, Rimma Tlenshiyeva

Editor of the English text
Catherine Laing

Janus WWI, Moscow

Design, page make-up, pre-press
Weisswerk Publishing House

Photo materials were kindly provided by
The Central State Archive of Film and Photographic Documents of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstanika Publishing House, Caspian Publishing House, Editorial Staff of Oil and Gas of Kazakhstan magazine.

Y. Asmanov, A. Bakhvalov, O. Belyalov, S. Bondarenko, I. Budnevich, M. Galkin, V. Davydov, R. Dusengaliyev, G. Yemelyanov, P. Zakharov, V. Zinin, V. Zybin, A. Idrisov, D. Ionov, D. Karachun, Y. Karpov, Y. Kelekhsayev, G. Koshkintsev, P. Kudryashev, N. Kuznetsov, Y. Liberchuk, G. Linkevich, A. Lunin, B. Matveev, S. Metelitsa, S. Ogay, N. Perervin, B. Pechurkin, B. Podgorny, V. Pozdenko, N. Postnikov, S. Ryabokon, B. Sagitov, F. Salnikov, O. Svidin, V. Sorokin, D. Spivakova, A. Stolyarov, B. Tilekmetov, A. Ustinenko, P. Fedorov, E. Filipenko, S. Fridlyand, V. Shinkarev, Y. Shiyanov.

Особая благодарность за помощь в подготовке издания:
KazMunayGas, KazMunayGas Exploration and Production, KazTransOil, KazTransGas, Munayshy PF, Tengizchevroil, Information and Analytical Center for Oil and Gas, Republican Scientific and Technical Library, K. I. Satpayev Kazakh National Technical University, Atyrau Institute of Oil and Gas, Local History Museum of Atyrau Region, Local History Museum of Mangystau Region, Local History Museum of West-Kazakhstan Region, Local History Museum of Aktobe Region.

Format 230 х 280 mm

Type PT Sans

Printed at Gerona Print House

© Aldongar, 2012

About Author
Ravil Tazhigariyevich Cherdabayev is a striking representative of the Cherdabayev oil dynasty, whose members have given over a thousand years total service to the oil

and gas industry.

He graduated from the I. M. Gubkin Moscow Institute of Petrochemical and Gas Industry. He is also a Doctor of Economics, Professor, Academician of the International

Academy of Mineral Resources, International and Republican Engineering Academies and Eurasian Economic Academy. He is the author of a number of scientific publications and books.

He was the first Director of the Kazakhstani-American Tengizchevroil Joint Venture and the first Minister of the Oil and Gas Industry of independent Kazakhstan.

In various years he has served as Mayor of Atyrau Region, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Ukraine and Moldova, Ambassador at Large of MFA the Republic of Kazakhstan and special representative of Kazakhstan at the negotiations on the issues of the legal status of the Caspian Sea and Deputy of Majilis of Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

He has been a distinguished diplomatic servant of the Republic of Kazakhstan. he has been decorated with many orders and medals of the USSR, the Republic of Kazakhstan and Ukraine