Atkins to develop Kazakhstan infrastructure
By Sarah Ann McCay01 July 2013
Atkins is to assist Kazakhstan in developing its infrastructure, following the signing of a one-year extendable contract with sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna.
The engineering firm has been brought in to assist in the design and implementation of major infrastructure projects around the Kazakhstani capital of Astana and Aktau, the country’s biggest seaport. The contract is focused on the future provision of multidisciplinary design, project management and engineering services.
Prof Dr Uwe Krueger, Atkins’ chief executive officer said: “We recognise Kazakhstan’s ability and ambition to upgrade its infrastructure network to benefit business and its people and we are exploring ways in which we can support that.
"The first step is our agreement with sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna, which is responsible for some US$ 78 billion of the country’s assets including energy, transport and telecommunications. This is a developing relationship and we will be assessing how we build on that in the future, in particular around the sustainable growth of Kazakhstan’s most important sectors and infrastructure.”