Nurlan Balgimbayev

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Nurlan Balgimbayev
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3rd Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
In office
10 October 1997 1 October 1999
President Nursultan Nazarbayev
Preceded by Akezhan Kazhegeldin
Succeeded by Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
Personal details
Nurlan Utebovich Balgimbayev

(1947-11-20)20 November 1947
Guryev, Kazakh SSR
Died14 October 2015(2015-10-14) (aged 67)
Atyrau, Kazakhstan
Political party People's Union of Kazakhstan Unity

Nurlan Utebovich Balgimbayev (Kazakh : Нұрлан Өтепұлы Балғымбаев, Nurlan Ótepuly Balǵymbaev; 20 November 1947 – 14 October 2015) was Prime Minister of Kazakhstan from 10 October 1997 to 1 October 1999. He became President of the Kazakhstan Oil Investment Company in February 2002.[ citation needed ]

Kazakh language Turkic language

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Nurlan Balgimbayev was a graduate of the Kazakh Polytechnic Institute. [1] [2]

Satbayev Kazakh National Technical University university

Satpayev University is the oldest and biggest educational center for all technical areas in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

From 1973 to 1986, Nurlan Balgimbayev worked in the oil industry, beginning as chief engineer of oil refinery Zhaikneft. In 1986, he was hired by the Soviet ministry of oil and gas. With the fall of the Russian block in 1991, Balgimbayev left for the US and studied one year at the University of Massachusetts and made a one-year internship at Chevron (1993-1994). Until 1997, he held different minister and vice-minister positions in the Kazakh government. From October 1994 to Marc 1997, Nurlan Balgimbayev was Minister of Oil and Gas. From March to October 1997, he was the president of KazakhOil (see Tengizchevroil). [3] [4]

University of Massachusetts university in Massachusetts, United States of America

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Chevron Corporation American multinational energy corporation

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Tengizchevroil is a joint venture between Chevron, ExxonMobil, KazMunayGas and LukArco. The joint venture was formed in April 1993, when the Kazakhstan government granted an exclusive 40-year right to Tengizchevroil LLP (TCO) to develop the Tengiz and Korolevskoye oil fields located in the north-eastern reaches of the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan.

On 10 October 1997, he was named Prime Minister of Kazakhstan and remained in office up until 1 October 1999. [2] The choice for Balgimbayev was motivated by the following factors: the former Prime minister Akezhan Kazhegeldin was privatizing the oil and gas sector too fast and loose, Blagimbayev was already in talks with Russians for a major Caspian pipeline, and he was an IMF-sceptic like the President Nazarbayev. [5] Balgimbayev's plan was also to increase the production of Kazakh oil from 23 million tons to 170 million annually. [6] In 1998, he favored the sale of 40% of Tengiz oilfields to Chevron. [4]

Akezhan Kazhegeldin served as the 2nd Prime Minister of Kazakhstan from 12 October 1994 until his resignation on 10 October 1997, ostensibly for health reasons, though many saw it as an act protesting authoritarianism in Kazakhstan. He now heads the Republican People's Party of Kazakhstan, but lives in the West in exile. Adam Albion of Radio Free Europe characterized Kazhegeldin's efforts at democratizing Kazakhstan as "defiant, confrontational, and openly scornful of the idea" that Nursultan Nazarbaev, the President of Kazakhstan, "will ever share power willingly."

After his tenure as Prime Minister, he continued his career as President at state-owned KazakhOil from 1999 to 2002. Lyazzat Kiyinov replaced him after the merger between KazakhOil and Transport Nefti i Gaza companies into the new KazMunayGas. [7] In December 2007, he was appointed adviser to the President. [3] From 2002 to 2007, he managed his own company, the Kazakhstan Oil Investment Company. Since December 2009, Nurlan Balgimbayev had been the director general of a joint venture between KMG and Eni. [4]

KazMunayGas company

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On 14 October 2015, Balgimbayev died of cancer in Atyrau at the age of 67. [1]

Atyrau City in Atyrau Region, Kazakhstan

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In 2003, the US justice linked Nurlan Balgimbayev to a $78 million bribe from US oil consultant James Giffen. [8] [9] [10] Nurlan Balgimbayev was also involved in a bribery case led by oil-industry fixer Friedhelm Eronat. [11] Coined as the Kazakhgate, the case implied the use of bribe money for luxury items and premium education fees in Switzerland. [4]

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  1. 1 2 "Ex-Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Nurlan Balgimbayev Passed Away". 14 October 2015.
  2. 1 2 Ex-Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Nurlan Balgimbayev passes away,, 14 October 2015
  3. 1 2 Nurlan Balgimbayev appointed president's adviser,, 7 December 2007
  4. 1 2 3 4 Obituary: Kazakhstan’s Former PM and oilman Nurlan Balgimbaev,, 21 October 2015
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  7. Archived 2005-01-20 at the Wayback Machine
  8. Simon Goodley, Court documents allege 'corrupt' Kazakhstan regime's link to FTSE firms,, 2 December 2010
  9. Christopher Pala, Oil scandal hits Kazakhstan,, 17 May 2003
  10. John Tagliabue, Kazakhstan Is Suspected Of Oil Bribes In the Millions,, 28 July 2000
  11. Andrew Gilligan, Adrian Gatton, The mystery of Lord Mandelson's finances,, 11 July 2010
Political offices
Preceded by
Akezhan Kazhegeldin
Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
Succeeded by
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev