Azimuth Energy Services in Kazakhstan
Azimuth Energy Services (AES) was established in 2000 as a result of a merger of the Azimuth Company and the International Energy Services group of companies. AES is a company with expertise in many fields, and provides services to oil and gas producers. Equipment from leading manufacturers, up-to-date technologies, and a highly professional staff are the key factors in the success of the company’s 2D/3D oil and gas seismic survey services. During 2000 and 2001, Azimuth Energy Services has taken a leading position within the country in seismic surveying. (see figures 1-4)
The company also carries out geophysical and geological operations on solid mineral resources, geological, hydro-geological, engineering and geological surveying, environmental research, shipment services and support to drilling operations.
The AES Almaty processing center is equipped with SGI and Origin 2000 supercomputers and boasts the greatest computing power in Central Asia. The branch processes data using global networks and multiprocessor systems.
Currently, AES is developing a project which will enable a client without a computer center, supercomputer or mathematical application software to communicate with the powerful supercomputers at the Azimuth Energy Services head office from any corner of the globe. Using only a PC or a WAP cellular phone, the customer will be able to get instant access to the processed geophysical data of interest, collected by AES in a specified area of field research. Moreover, the customer will be able to participate interactively in the processing of the data. AES experts will take measures to encode and secure the data transmitted, thus ensuring its complete confidentiality.
Oil and gas companies no longer need to rent, or even purchase, supercomputers in order to process and interpret data. Azimuth Energy Services is making a fundamental contribution to cost-cutting for oil and gas producing companies.
One of the foundations of the company’s unique competitiveness is its highly qualified staff, who apply the advanced technologies and up-to-date telecommunications systems while working under all kinds of geographical conditions. AES is continually training its employees and upgrading its existing equipment to provide clients with a service meeting the most sophisticated international standards.
On 2nd May 2001, by government decree, the National Quality Programme was set for 2001-2005. Its main objective is to improve the quality of products, operations and services, and introduce quality assessment systems at Kazakhstani enterprises. Within this programme, Azimuth Energy Services has developed and launched a Comprehensive Programme for Safety and Quality Management (CPSQM). The main features of the programme are the company’s long-term quality, safety and environmental protection strategy and policy, along with the methods to pursue them, as well as analysis, calculation and risk management. For collecting and analyzing data on risks and employee ratings, a unique software package, which is the exclusive property of the company, is used. The underlying principle of the CPSQM is to perfect the company from the inside. While developing the Programme, the company used the same methods as the International Association of Geophysical Contractors, and took account of the requirements set by the Kazakhstani legal framework on labour and environmental protection. Currently the company is adjusting the CPSQM to the MS ISO 9000 and 14000 (environmental certification of production) international standards. AES also trains company experts under MS ISO. By introducing ISO 9000 international standards in production and corporate management, AES will gain a number of advantages, allowing successful competition against both domestic and foreign companies for the provision of services.
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