Conversion of coal-fired power plants to gas, development of oil and gas chemistry and hydrogen energy — Alikhan Smailov

The issues of strengthening Kazakhstan's cooperation with the global energy community were discussed by Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov with the President of the World Petroleum Council Pedro Miras.

Alikhan Smailov noted that the Government is taking all the necessary measures to strengthen the position of Kazakhstan as a reliable and responsible member of the global industry community.

Thus, the republic ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and accepted the obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2030, and is now developing a strategy to achieve carbon neutrality until 2060.

"Kazakhstan is interested in cooperation on conversion of coal plants to gas, development of oil and gas chemistry and hydrogen energy. In this regard, we are always ready to consider expert assessments of the World Petroleum Council," the Prime Minister said.

He also noted the importance of holding VII WPC Youth Forum in Almaty on Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, 2022, where the issues of global energy transition, decarbonization and low-carbon development will be discussed. More than 700 delegates from 29 countries have already confirmed their participation.

For his part, Pedro Miras thanked the Government of Kazakhstan for its support of the event and the work of the Organization in the region as a whole.

"We have a lot of interesting projects underway. In particular, we work with universities to help young specialists establish industry contacts with their future colleagues worldwide," Pedro Miras said.

For reference: the World Petroleum Council is a non-profit organization accredited by the UN which aims to create conditions for discussing key petroleum and gas industry issues. The Organization has 59 member countries accounting for more than 95% of the world oil and gas production and consumption. Kazakhstan became a full member of the INC in 2008.

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