Kazakhstan can use Canadian experience in Caspian Sea offshore fields' development

ASTANA. July 30. KAZINFORM - Last week, Konstantin Zhigalov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to Canada, paid official visit to the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, according to the press service of the diplomatic mission in Canada.

During the visit, the Kazakh diplomat met with Thomas Marshall, Minister of Natural Resources, Agriculture and Forestry - Attorney General; Felix Collins, Minister of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs; Judith Hearne, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation; Barry Dow, Deputy Minister of Innovation, Business and Rural Development and other officials of the province.

"Taking into account the federal structure of Canada, the sides discussed the importance of multifaceted cooperation development between Kazakhstan and Canadian provinces including Newfoundland and Labrador, which play significant role in the expansion of economic and investment ties between the two countries", the press service reports.

It should be noted that Newfoundland and Labrador is a new leader among Canadian provinces in terms of economic growth (6% per year), which is provided by oil and gas and mining industry. Companies of Newfoundland and Labrador have extensive experience in the enhancement of offshore oil fields situated in difficult climate and weather conditions.

"In this regard, the experience of Canadian oil and gas companies is of interest for Kazakhstan, taking into account the availability of similar calls for Caspian Sea offshore fields evolvement. The issue was discussed at the meetings of Konstantin Zhigalov, Andrew Noseworthy, head of the Agency for Development of Atlantic coast of Canada in the city of Sent John, leadership of the Canadian Council for offshore oil production in Newfoundland and Labrador (C-NLOPB), representatives of the Association of Oil and Gas Industry of Newfoundland and Labrador, «C-CORE» engineering center for the development of ocean resources, «Memorial University» Marine Institute under the University of Newfoundland and reps of a number of companies operating in the province", the diplomatic mission press service informs.

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