(EnergyAsia, September 29 2010, Wednesday) — Mott MacDonald, a UK-based global management, engineering and development consultancy, hosted a one-day seminar at the Grand Park Esil Hotel in Astana, Kazakhstan on September 21.

More than 40 representatives from oil and gas, government and investment organisations attended the seminar, which helped raised Mott MacDonald’s profile in the infrastructure, oil and gas sectors in Kazakhstan. The event featured presentations from both industry specialists, and the country’s political figures.

Azfar Shaukat, Mott MacDonald’s head of oil and gas advisory services, delivered the closing speech.

The oil and gas industry is an important sector in Kazakhstan, the largest economy in central Asia. With more than 200 oil and gas fields, Kazakhstan is expected to supply over five percent of the oil demand of Central and Eastern European by 2012.

Mott MacDonald is active in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), with offices in Almaty, Moscow and Kiev, and has been aiding development in Kazakhstan since 1995.

The company has played a key role in providing technical assistance on the giant Kashagan oilfield development, and a landmark scheme that aims to prevent the devastation of the lower Syr Darya valley from seasonal floods.