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One of Salimgozhinova’s MITAS colleagues is Kairzhan Albazarov, a Reservoir Engineer in Kazakhstan who has worked in three different countries across a variety of industry segments in his 2 year in MITAS. Having started in Kazakhstan as a petroleum engineer, he rotated to work offshore Denmark, coordinating offshore drilling operations in the North Sea. This was followed by a placement in Houston, Texas with the exploration team, running reservoir simulation studies for Maersk Oil’s offshore project in Angola.
“By working intimately with such diverse parts of the global business I have been fortunate to gain a big picture of the oil and gas industry. The opportunity to test myself in completely different environments, including onshore operations in West Kazakhstan, harsh winter conditions offshore in the North Sea and working with a highly experienced scientific team in Houston has been eye-opening to say the least.”
The range of experiences and the value that the rotations will add on return is echoed by Aliya Kupeyeva, Deputy Head of Drilling Engineering, Drilling & Well Services in Kazakhstan.
“MITAS helped me to obtain broad drilling experience with a good balance of field and office training in Denmark and Qatar, as well as Kazakhstan. Maersk Oil is recognised worldwide for its drive for innovation and deployment of new technologies. I was lucky enough to witness multilateral drilling and well completions as well as enhanced oil recovery-related well drilling – all in less than one year,” she says.
Reservoir Engineer Askar Urakov says that skills learnt in the North Sea are helping the Dunga project.
“Having been assigned to the drilling as well as to the petroleum engineering departments in the Kazakhstan, Danish and British business units, I diversified my repertoire of knowledge and skills. I had the opportunity to work on various projects, including the North Sea HPHT environment with the application of extended-reach drilling techniques. After my arrival back to the home-base location in Kazakhstan, I continue to apply the key lessons related to the technical aspects, which is contributing to the Dunga field development.”