KazMunaiGaz Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

January 24, 2013

Kazakh oil producer KazMunaiGaz (KMG EP) appointed Abat Nurseitov General Director (CEO) by the Board of Directors. Abat Nurseitov previously worked as the Deputy General Director for Production. He has succeeded Alik Aidarbayev who resigned due to his appointment as Akim of Mangistau region.

The newly appointed CEO has confirmed his commitment to the strategic goals and aims of KMG EP and his intention to continue the modernization program launched earlier on.

KMG EP is among the top three Kazakh oil and gas producers. The overall production in 2012 was 12.2mt (an average of 247 kbopd) of crude oil, including the Company’s share in Kazgermunai, CCEL and PKI. The total volume of proved and probable reserves, as at the end of 2011 was 226mt (1.7bn bbl), including shares in the associates of about 2.1 bn barrels. The Company’s shares are listed on the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange and the GDRs are listed on The London Stock Exchange. The Company raised over US$2bn in its IPO in September 2006. The International rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) confirmed KMG EP’s “BBB-” corporate credit rating in December 2011.

Abat Nurseitov joined the Company in 2006 and worked as Deputy General Director for Production since January 2012. Prior to this, he worked as Managing Director for Production. He has been working in the oil and gas industry since 1986, starting his career as an oil well operator and progressing to the Head of Zhetybaineft. He has held various managerial posts at NIPIneftegaz, Turgai-Petroleum CJSC, and the Kazakh branch of LukOil Overseas Service. He has been awarded with 100th and 110th Anniversary of Kazakh Oil medals.