Our work in Kazakhstan

We have been operating in the country since 1992, where we a co-operator of the Karachaganak production field and are a partner in the PSA responsible for the Kashagan field. We also operate in the renewable sector.


The Kashagan and Karachaganak giants and the Isatay, Abay offshore blocks

Eni has been present in Kazakhstan since 1992 carrying out activities in the Exploration & Production sector. We are a co-operator of the Karachaganak producing field and is a part of the North Caspian Sea PSA (NCSPSA) consortium. In 2018 we became joint operator in the exploration block Isatay with KMG . In July 2019, KMG, Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Eni signed a contract for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons at Abay Block, which makes IOC the first joint venture holding two licenses in Kazakhstan. 

In 2020 the development activities of the Kashagan field (Eni’s interest 16.81%) concerned the phased expansion program of production capacity. The first development phase envisages increasing the production capacity up to 450 kbbl/d by upgrading the existing associated gas compression handling. The ongoing activities, sanctioned in 2020, mainly concerned increasing gas reinjection capacity by means of upgrading the existing facilities, delivering a part of gas volumes to a new onshore treatment unit operated by a third party, currently under construction.

Within the gas treatment expansion projects of the Karachaganak field (Eni’s interest 29.25%), activities concerned:

  • the ongoing activities of the Karachaganak Debottlenecking project and the construction of a fourth gas reinjection unit
  • the completion of the Front End Engineering Design of the Karachaganak Expansion Project (KEP). 

This latter project is scheduled to be achieved in several phases. The development program of the first phase, sanctioned at the end of 2020, provides the construction of a sixth injection line, the drilling of three additional injection wells and of a new gas compression unit. Start-up is expected in 2024. Furthermore, the project includes the installation of one additional treatment and compression units.


Energy from renewable sources

Eni entered the renewable energy production sector in the Country with the construction of the Badamsha wind farm (48 MW). The initiative represented Eni’s first project development in the onshore wind energy sector. Currently, Eni is building a new wind farm (48 MW) in the region of Badamsha, and a 50 MW photovoltaic plant at Shauldir, in the Southern of Kazakhstan. The completion of the photovoltaic plant is expected in 2021. Moreover, in 2021 we signed a Cooperation Agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to apply renewable solar technology and improve energy efficiency in a secondary school located in the city of Turkistan, South of Kazakhstan. To enhance the perimeter of our historic collaboration with Kazakhstan, further directing it towards a low carbon emission future, in July 2021 we signed cooperation agreements with KazMunaiGas for the development of renewable, hydrogen and biofeedstock projects in Kazakhstan.


We create energy

Also in Eurasia we are integrating our business operations with social and environmental sustainability to create shared, long-term value. In Kazakhstan, for example, we work with universities to train Oil&Gas industry specialists, we have set up the Ural River Park Project to protect the River Ural ecosystem and we have launched initiatives to benefit children. Since 1999, we periodically organise for Kazakh children to spend time on the Adriatic coast, and, since 2018, with help from AC Milan Junior Football Camp, the top Italian trainers with experience in the junior division we are providing training to young local footballers. In 2020 we continued our commitment to support local communities in the nearby area of the Karachaganak field. In particular, activities focused on professional training and realization of kindergartens and schools, maintenance of bridges and roads, construction of sport centers. 


Located onshore in the western part of the country, Karachaganak (Eni interest 29.25%) is a giant field that produces oil, condensates and natural gas. The operations carried out by the Karachaganak Petroleum Operating consortium (KPO) are regulated by a Production Sharing Agreement, of which we and Shell are co-operators.

Learn about Karachaganak
Learn about Karachaganak


We hold a 16.81% interest in the North Caspian Sea Production Sharing Agreement (NCSPSA). The latter regulates, until the end of 2041, the exploration, development and production rights over a 4,600 km2 area of the giant Kashagan field, discovered in the northern section of the Caspian Sea in 2000. We have also launched a professional training programme for local people in the energy industry, and set up social facilities.

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Learn about Kashagan

Renewable energy in Badamsha

Since 2017 we have signed numerous cooperation agreements to promote the development of renewable energy in the country and in 2018 we decided to invest in building Badamsha 1, a 48 MW wind farm in the north-west. We opened the construction site to build the plant in 2019 and, thanks to a recently signed agreement, we will also add a second 48 MW wind farm. In addition, in March 2021 we inaugurate the construction work on a 50 MW photovoltaic plant in the Turkestan Oblast.

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Learn about the project

Eni provides support to Kazakhstan in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic

Through its local subsidiaries, we donated medical equipment for intensive care to the Republic as a contribution to Kazakhstan’s efforts to fight the spread of Coronavirus in the country. We donated 9 intensive care ventilators, Oxygen generator as well as sets of medical consumables for the Intensive Care Units in the Aktobe, Atyrau and West Kazakhstan Regions. Eni has provided critical health supplies throughout the pandemic, including 400,000 masks to the Aktobe Region and jointly with a group of subsidiaries of foreign investors working in Kazakhstan, the company has donated state-of-the art intensive care medical equipment and individual protective sets to the Multi-Disciplinary Medical Centre of Nur-Sultan, to help the treatment of Covid-19 patients. From the start of pandemic in 2020, overall, we contributed to the Republic over 270 mln KZT (650,000 US dollars).


Master MEDEA and our partnership with Italian and Kazakh universities

To prepare specialists from Kazakhstan for work in the energy industry, we offer high-level training courses at our Corporate University (Master MEDEA), and we work with Italy's top universities and with the Kazakh British Technical University (KBTU). At the initiative of the World Economic Forum, we have also developed a Petroleum Engineering Education Program in conjunction with Satbayev and Nazarbayev universities in Kazakhstan and thanks to a team comprising personnel from Eni and other global companies.

Safe Roads for Western Kazakhstan Region

We consider safety one of the most relevant issues for the sustainability of a company and promote action on behaviour and processes, as well as action to improve preparedness and emergency response capabilities. We want to share our safety principles not only with our company but also with countries where we operate. The number of road traffic crash victims in Western Kazakhstan Oblast (WKO) is of concern to both the Oblast Authorities and the people. In this regard, the WKO Akimat announced the year of 2019 as the year of road safety to achieve a steady reduction in the number of road accidents and victims on the Oblast’s roads. To implement such large-scale program, WKO Akimat in partnership with Eni and Shell signed the Memorandum of Cooperation on Road Safety. Advisory support during the implementation of road safety initiatives was entrusted to the experts of EASST Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport, local NGO Gaukhar Zhol is coordinating the activities in the region.  

A great number of initiatives was implemented throughout the year of Road Safety in WKO, namely training of police officers, teachers, students, NGO representatives, various road safety campaigns involving all road users, surveys covering various citizens, audit of risky road sections, mapping road accidents with high level of precision and detail, all these activities resulted in the Road Safety Strategy for WKO for 2020-2025, which has been approved by WKO Akimat and is now being implemented under close monitoring of the Working Group.

Italian Cultural Center in Nur-Sultan

In 2019 Eni, the Italian Embassy in Kazakhstan and the Eurasian National University, the largest Academic institution in Kazakhstan committed in the teaching of foreign languages, inaugurated the opening of the Italian Culture Centre Enrico Mattei in the University premise. The aim of the Center is to promote the Italian language and culture in Kazakhstan, through language courses and other initiatives, with the goal of strengthening the relations between the countries.


Exploring Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is a country where energy has prime importance, including renewables.

Kazakhstan's millenia-long history, multi-ethnic culture and energy situation.