Legal advice on the application of environmental legislation is becoming increasingly sought after in connection with big business related to mining, processing and export of natural resources, circulation of chemical and radioactive substances, the construction of large industrial facilities, and other activities.

Underestimating environmental requirements sometimes makes it economically unviable for companies to continue production activities due to large claims, fines, obligatory payments to the budget, or revocation of required licenses and permits.

GRATA Law Firm can provide you with advice on all issues of concern regarding the environmental law of Kazakhstan, including:

Advising on Environmental Permits

Production operations are usually accompanied by environmental emissions - emissions of air pollutants, waste water discharge, waste disposal into the environment and open storage of sulfur in the environment.

The Environmental Code of Kazakhstan requires that environmental emissions are made only if a company possesses an environmental permit, which sets out the specific, permissible amounts of pollution (standards of environmental emissions). According to the Tax Code, the emissions into the environment are subject to a fee payable to the budget.

Emitting without an environmental permit or exceeding emissions standards set out in a permit, results in a 10-time increase in thefee rate. In addition, this violation leads to the recovery of amounts of environmental damage and an administrative penalty (usually very large) in favor of the state.

It is no doubt then that it is easier to ensure compliance with the law than to find a way to escape liability for a violation. However, some requirements of the legislation of Kazakhstan on environmental emissions are unclear and inconsistent and they are also scattered throughout various regulations.

GRATA lawyers will help you find answers to any questions on the procedure and conditions for obtaining environmental permits, exercising the rights resulting from them, and terminating their validity. Waste ManagementPerformance of economic activities is usually associated with the formation of waste. Therefore, the majority of companies operating in Kazakhstan (mining, petroleum, metallurgy, trade, service, and many others) are subject to the requirements of the legislation of Kazakhstan on waste production and consumption.Legal regulation of waste management consists of many aspects, including classification of waste, payments for its disposal, issuing of permits for disposal into the environment, the establishment of requirements for waste storage, programming of waste management, and more. Failure to comply with the legal requirements for waste management can lead to serious negative effects such as administrative liability, tax accrual, recovery of the amount of environmental damage, and suspension of the company's operations.GRATA Law Firm can offer you advice on issues related to waste management.In particular, we provide the following consulting services:

1) checking the documents of the company in terms of waste, the production and consumption thereof (EIA, regulations of waste management, hazardous waste passports, emission permits, etc.) in order to detect violations of environmental laws and make recommendations for eliminating them;

2) analysis of individual problems and finding ways to resolve them;

3) analysis of the acts of state authorities, civil case files and administrative case files in order to assess the prospects for protecting the interests of companies involved in waste management.

Taking into account your needs and the conditions of a particular situation, we can provide you other consulting services regarding waste management. GRATA lawyers are asked a lot of different questions in the course of their work advising on issues connected with the environmental legislation of Kazakhstan. For instance, what are the criteria for classifying liquid and solid wastes as radioactive wastes? What are the requirements for the establishment of protective and sanitary protection zones or other facilities? What steps must be taken in the case of a man-made disaster at liquidated facilities? What is required by the legislation of Kazakhstan in terms of importing and using ozone destroying substances? What restrictions on the activities in the territory of reserves are established by law? What permits must be obtained for the discharge of waste water into the subsoil? And there are many others.Our lawyers are experts on the subject of Kazakhstani environmental law and are constantly refreshing their knowledge in providing consulting services, systematically summarising information on the specific problems that arise in practice, and their possible solutions. Our services can be very useful for you, and we are ready to discuss the opportunity to assist you with all your environmental law needs.



 

 

 


In the course of their careers GRATA lawyers have provided services to many large companies in oil and gas, petrochemical, gold, uranium, and other areas, as well as trade, transport and agricultural organisations. Please find below a brief description of the most relevant work done during the last two years:

  • comprehensive legal opinion on issues relating to obtaining all necessary documents for drilling works prepared for a Kazakhstani mining company;

  • advising a major oil company regarding damage compensation caused by gas flaring without a permit from the Ministry of Oil and Gas;

  • advising a major power generation company on issues regarding reduction of rate for emissions into the environment;

  • advising a local company, which owns a large internet-marketplace, on issues regarding activities within the territory of Kazakhstan, and recognition of possible risks;

  • comprehensive legal opinion on legal liability in connection with the treatment, transportation and storage of radioactive materials for a large foreign uranium company;

  • advising a large foreign oil-and-gas company on legal liability in connection with treatment, transportation and storage of oil products;

  • advising a large oil company on issues regarding a change of environmental requirements for gas flaring as a result of the adoption of the Law of RK 'On Subsoil and Subsoil Use', and issues of liability for environmental violations;

  • legal monitoring and advising on the process of collecting documents and submitting requests to the Ministry of Environmental Protection to obtain environmental permits, performed on behalf of many large oil-and-gas companies. As a result of our actions all declared environmental emissions limits have been accepted and approved by the Ministry, as reflected in the issued permits;

  • upon the request of one of the largest oil-and-gas consortia, we analysed environmental legislation regarding production and consumption of waste, prepared systematised reference material which was used by the consortium in its day-to-day production activities;

  • comprehensive legal opinion on legal liability in connection with treatment of radioactive materials for one of the largest Kazakhstani uranium producers and exporters;

  • performed a legal risks assessment regarding certain chapters of the Environmental Code of RK and prepared a plan of corrective actions for a group of subsoil users;

  • prepared a legal opinion for a large oil company regarding issues of disposal of waste waters originating from oil production;

  • prepared legal opinions on issues of economic assessment of environmental damage and gave other explanations to a number of large foreign companies regarding payment for environmental emissions;

  • advised subsoil users on legality of audits of state environmental bodies;

  • advised an oil company on drafting a contracting agreement and the need to obtain a permit for environmental emissions;

  • advised a phosphoric company on legal regulation of production wastes;

  • advised an oil company on drafting an agreement for disposal of strata waters in view of requirements of environmental legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

  • advised a foreign investment company on alternative energy business in Kazakhstan;

  • exhaustive legal opinion on issues of obtaining all necessary documents for drilling works prepared for a Kazakhstani mining company;

  • consulting a major oil company regarding damage compensation caused by gas flaring without the permit of the Ministry of Oil and Gas;

  • advising a major power generation company on issues regarding reduction of rate for emissions into the environment;

  • advising a local company, which owns a large internet-marketplace, on issues regarding activities within the territory of Kazakhstan, and recognition of possible risks;

  • prepared a comprehensive legal opinion on legal liability in connection with the treatment, transportation and storage of radioactive materials for a large foreign uranium company;

  • advised a large foreign oil-and-gas company on legal liability in connection with treatment, transportation and storage of oil products;

  • advised a large oil company on issues of change of environmental requirements to gas flaring as a result of adoption of the Law of RK 'On Subsoil and Subsoil Use', and issues of liability for environmental violations;

  • prepared a legal opinion for a large oil company regarding issues of disposal of waste waters originating from oil production;

  • prepared legal opinions on issues of economic assessment of environmental damage and gave other explanations to a number of large foreign companies regarding payment for environmental emissions;

  • advising a Kazakhstani energy company on obtaining quotas for emissions of greenhouse gas, drafting a memorandum for the Kazakhstani mining company on permissive documents required for drilling;

  • advising a Kazakhstani transport company on issues related to environmental emissions;

  • drafting a memorandum for a Kazakhstani oil company on the legal consequences of an accident at a well.

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16.08.2018

Renewable energy projects – next destination for investments in Kazakhstan

Renewable energy development has recently become hot topic in Kazakhstan that is actively being discussed among market existing and potential participants, relevant state bodies including the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan (the “MoE”), international development institutions and other stakeholders.

 

15.08.2018

On the Court and Arbitration at the Astana International Financial Center: A Practical Perspective on What They Can Offer to Kazakhstani businesses

In early July this year we witnessed the opening of the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC). We have seen a large number of reports in the media on the Court and Arbitration at the AIFC, but little has been said specifically on what exactly they can offer to Kazakhstani businesses.

 

15.08.2018

China’s Belt and Road initiative in Kazakhstan and opportunities for Islamic finance

Kazakhstan has high ambitions in China’s Belt and Road initiative (BRI) as it is geographically an ideal junction between China and the west.

15.08.2018

GRATA International - leading author of Mondaq of Russian Federation in July

During the Month of July 2018 GRATA International (Russian Federation) generated the most usage from Mondaq users for the  category of commercial law.

15.08.2018

GRATA International - ведущий автор Mondaq Российской Федерации в июле

В июле 2018 года наибольшее количество обращений пользователей Mondaq по вопросам коммерческого права получила GRATA International (Россия).

03.08.2018

Что изменилось для застройщиков с 1 июля 2018 года (РФ)

С 01 июля 2018 г. вступили в силу изменения в 214-ФЗ (Федеральный закон «Об участии в долевом строительстве многоквартирных домов и иных объектов недвижимости» от 30 декабря 2004 года), которые значительно усилили требования к Застройщикам.

02.08.2018

Competition Regulation in Mongolia

The competition law regulates matters related to the creation of conditions for fair competition in the market for business entities, identification and implementation of legal and organisational grounds for prohibition, restriction and prevention of any activities impeding competition.

31.07.2018

Common market of medicines in the Eurasian Economic Union: clinical trials

On 17 July 2018, the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEС) adopted the following acts aimed at regulation of the general market of medicines in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU):

31.07.2018

Cancellation of duties for state registration of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs

Federal Law No. 234-FZ of July 29, 2013 amended the Tax Code of the Russian Federation providing for the cancellation of the state duties for state registration of:

27.07.2018

Statute of Limitation under Kazakh law: A Practitioner’s Perspective

Rules relating to statute of limitation contained in the Civil Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan (the “Civil Code”) may seem relatively straightforward. However, in our practice we frequently encounter situations where rules relating to the calculation of the statute of limitation are erroneously applied or where their applications to relevant facts create disputes. In this article, the author has attempted to provide a practical perspective on some of the most frequently encountered questions relating to the statute of limitation under Kazakh law and express views on the interpretation of certain rules.

27.07.2018

GRATA International held a Business Breakfast with Members of the CCI France- Kazakhstan

Yesterday, 26 July 2018, GRATA International and the CCIFK held a breakfast meeting with the Chamber members.

23.07.2018

Shaimerden Chikanayev was a speaker at the International PPP Finance Summit in London

On 3-4 July 2018, an International PPP Finance Summit 2018 took place in London, UK.

20.07.2018

Multilateral convention to implement tax treaty related measures to prevent base erosion and profit shifting

By the end of June of this year Kazakhstan signed the Multilateral convention to implement tax treaty related measures to prevent base erosion and profit shifting (MLI).

20.07.2018

Astana International Financial Centre's Law - what is it about?

Modeled on the Dubai International Financial Centre, the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) was officially launched on the 5th July this year, established with the aim of bridging the gap between the world’s major fi nancial centers and a regional gateway for capital and investments.

11.07.2018

GRATA International and IQanat Education Fund

On June 20, 2018, GRATA International Law Firm signed a memorandum on cooperation in the area of education with IQanat Public Education Fund.

04.07.2018

GRATA International приняла участие в Kazakhstan Global Investment Roundtable 2018

3 июля 2018 года, в отеле Ritz Carlton Astana под председательством Премьер-министра Республики Казахстан Бакытжана Сагинтаева прошел круглый стол по глобальным инвестициям.

04.07.2018

Yerbolat Yerkebulanov was a speaker at the Astana Legal Forum

On 29 June 2018 Yerbolat Yerkebulanov, Partner of GRATA International (subsoil use practice (Almaty)) was a speaker at the Astana Legal Forum 2018. 

21.06.2018

Yerbolat Yerkebulanov gave a speech at the 25th World Mining Congress

Yerbolat Yerkebulanov, Partner, Head of Subsoil Use department (Almaty) of GRATA International was a speaker at the 25th World Mining Congress (WMC).

20.06.2018

Shaimerden Chikanayev will speak at the PPP seminar

On 19-20 July 2018 a seminar on "Practical aspects of the application of public-private partnership mechanisms for infrastructure development" will be held in Astana.

Why Islamic finance fits well in Kazakhstan’s PPP projects

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07.06.2018

Yerbolat Yerkebulanov will speak at the 25th World Mining Congress

On 19-22 June 2018 the 25th World Mining Congress (WMC) will be held in Astana.

14.06.2018

Compensation is not limited with the damage amount, according to the Turkish competition rules

In Civil Law and Common Law System, the fundamental of the compensation are separated from each other. In Civil Law System, the punishment of person or persons who cause harm and the prevention of similar behaviour are the adopted remark in determining the compensation of competition law. Meanwhile in Common Law, the logic of compensation for damage, adopted comment in the determination of compensation. 

29.03.2018

Yerbolat Yerkebulanov translated Subsoil Code 2018 into English

Yerbolat Yerkebulanov translated the New Code on Subsoil and Subsoil Use for mining companies into English..


12.06.2018

Shaimerden Chikanayev gave a speech at the Renewable Energy Summit

On 8 June 2018 a Renewable Energy Summit was held in Astana.

11.06.2018

Shaimerden Chikanayev will speak at the International PPP Finance Summit in London

On 3-4 July 2018 an International PPP Summit 2018 will take place in London, UK.

08.06.2018

Gulnur Nurkeyeva took part at the 5th meeting of the Kazakhstan-China Business Council

On 8 June 2018, Gulnur Nurkeyeva, Head of GRATA International's China Desk, took part at the 5th meeting of the Kazakhstan China Business Council in Beijing.

06.06.2018

Implementation of Foreign Court Decisions In Turkey

Recognition and enforcement, which is one of the legal terms, is regulated in International Private and Civil Procedure Law. The point of this regulation is how the decision given by the Foreign Court will be valid in the Turkish Courts.

06.06.2018

Ancillary restraints in the mergers and acquisitions within the scope of Turkish law

Ancillary restraint is frequently one of competition restricting agreements in case of accepted as illegal it can damage market. Because mergers and acquisitions sometimes lose its importance without ancillary restraints.

30.05.2018

Gulnur Nurkeyeva took part at the 100th Anniversary of Azerbaijan's Republic Day

The event was held by the Embassy of Azerbaijan to China to mark the National Independence Day.
The event brought together Azerbaijanis living in China, representatives of various state organisations and companies from Azerbaijan and foreign states.


30.05.2018

Mining Law: 2018 Kazakhstan

The well-known and free-accessed ICLG (International Comparative Legal Guide) series provides current and practical comparative legal information on a range of practice areas, including Mining Law.

The Mining Law 2018 – Kazakhstan with 43 specific issues addressed by GRATA International in view of the then-acting subsoil use legislation was initially published on September 2017.

As the mining legal environment will substantially change after the new Code on Subsoil and Subsoil Use dated 27 December 2017 comes into force on 29 June 2018, GRATA has updated the Kazakhstan chapter accordingly.


29.05.2018

GRATA International on the 5th Caspian Energy Forum in Tbilisi

The 5th Caspian Energy Forum Tbilisi-2018 (www.caspianenergyforum.com) has been held on May 8th, 2018.

24.05.2018

New stage of cooperation between business circles of Uzbekistan and Germany: the proposal to create a German industrial zone in Tashkent

During an IV meeting of the German-Uzbek Business Council which was held in Tashkent, Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov invited the largest German companies to open their business in the Republic of Uzbekistan.

24.05.2018

In Uzbekistan small tourist zones will be created

The authorities of Uzbekistan are planning to create three small tourist zones in the Surkhandarya region. Relying to the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Basnoi, Sariasiy and Sherabad zones will be established for the development of tourism in the region.

24.05.2018

Incentives for leather and footwear industry in Uzbekistan

In Uzbekistan, it was adopted Presidential Decree, "On measures to further stimulate the development and growth of export potential of leather and footwear and fur industries”.

24.05.2018

SkyPower Global invests US$1.3 billion in solar energy in Uzbekistan

SkyPower Global (Cayman Islands) will invest US$1.3 billion in a project to build photovoltaic solar energy facilities.

24.05.2018

The procedure and rules for the operation of non-governmental non-profit organisations will be significantly simplified

On May 4, 2018, it was signed the Presidential Decree, "On measures to radically increase the role of civil society institutions in the process of democratic renewal of the country", which will amend current regulating system of NGOs, specifically:

 

24.05.2018

World Bank Group President pledges $940 million financing for Uzbekistan’s reforms

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim met with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to discuss Uzbekistan’s social and economic transformation and to reaffirm the World Bank Group’s support for reforms to accelerate economic growth and boost shared prosperity, the World Bank reported.

24.05.2018

The companies of Uzbekistan and the US signed a number of agreements in the oil and gas sector and energy

The companies of Uzbekistan and the US signed a number of agreements in the oil and gas sector and energy within the framework of the visit of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Washington.
Uzbekistan and leading US companies signed agreements worth about US$5 billion.


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