OREANDA-NEWS. February 10, 2012. North Caspian Operating Company B.V. (NCOC), together with North Caspian Production Operations Company B.V. (NCPOC), the agent company responsible for the consortium's Social and Infrastructure Projects (SIP), today handed over to residents of Fort Shevchenko a sports complex.

The sports complex was unveiled by NCOC's External Relations Director Pierre Delpont who said in his opening remarks: Please let me congratulate local people on today's Ceremony. Sports are an important part of our lives. I do hope you will put this sports centre to good use. And I would like to confirm that the Consortium is deeply committed to conducting business in a socially responsible manner and today's handover of the sports complex is a sign of that.

The complex, which is located west of Fort Shevchenko, has two floors, a free-standing boiler unit and occupies an area of 10706 m3. The area has been fully landscaped and all access roads have been paved.

This is the latest in a series of SIPs handed over to residents of Mangistau Region. In recognition of the Consortium's achievements in the social sphere in Atyrau and Mangistau Regions, it received an award in an annual nationwide contest Paryz for the best social project of 2011. The award was handed over to the Consortium at a ceremony on 9th December which was opened by President N. Nazarbayev.

Between 1998 and the end of 2010 more than 136 projects were completed in close collaboration with local authorities in the Atyrau and Mangistau Regions; they include gasification, electrification and water supply, construction of roads, schools, kindergartens and hospitals; There are currently 43 projects in various phases of execution, including 22 in Atyrau and 21 in Mangystau;

The consortium expects to complete few more projects in Mangistau Region in 2011/early 2012, including the construction of gas supply system in Kyzyltobe-2 residential community

The event was attended by representatives of authorities of Fort Shevchenko, NCOC and its agent company NCPOC.