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Kazakhstan's Aktau Seaport SEZ to focus on oil and gas

16 july 2013, 19:44
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Photo courtesy of portaktau.kz
Photo courtesy of portaktau.kz
Kazakhstan Ministry of Industry and New Technologies has suggested to expand Aktau Seaport Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and focus it on oil, Tengrinews.kz reports citing first Vice-Minister of Industry and New Technologies Albert Rau.

“The SEZ has produced positive results, but we believe that it is still not being used to its full capacity. It should specialize in oil and gas sector and focus on offering it as wide array of services as possible. The seaport should be used to transport goods produced in the SEZ to foreign markets via the Caspian Sea. We believe that we need to re-launch the SEZ, i.e. we need to move it away from general seaport functions and make it a zone specialized in oil and gas sector, including in export to the pre-Caspian countries,” Rau said at the conference call in the Kazakhstan government.

In general, he stressed, there are positive trends in development of Aktau Seaport SEZ. The private investments to state budget funds ratio is 1:2.5. Its production is totally worth 118 billion tenge ($786.7 million).

Kazakhstan Prime-Minister Serik Akhmetov appointed supervisors of Aktau Seaport, Ontustik and Saryarka special economic zones at the same meeting.

Head of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy Askar Mamin was appointed to supervise Aktau Seaport SEZ, Minister of Economy and Budget Planning Yerbolat Dossayev was appointed supervisor of Ontustik SEZ, deputy Prime-Minister and Minister of Industry and New Technologies Asset Issekeshev was appointed supervisor of Saryarka SEZ.

“I hope that Akims (Governors) of South-Kazakhstan and Karaganda Oblasts will support the supervisors. I hope that the supervisors will succeed in development of these zones,” the PM said.

Aktau Sea Port SEZ was established in April 2002 at the area of 2.27 square km and was later enlarged to 20 square km.

The port mostly handles oil-bulk cargo, metal products and grain. Since the beginning of 2013 Aktau international sea commercial port has handled over 4.2 million tons of dry and oil-bulk cargoes. The shipment of oil and oil products has reached almost 3 million tons, dry cargoes -- 1.1 million tons (with 299.3 thousand tons represented by metal products), grain – 193 thousand tons and other cargoes – 255.2 thousand tons. Ferry transportations have come up to 441 thousand tons.

A shipyard, a marine metal structures plant, fiberglass and metal pipes plants and production of offshore containers are functioning in the zone.

The SEZ offers zero income, property and land taxes, zero import duties and taxes and zero rent.

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