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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13.12.2017

GRATA International organised a practical seminar: Roadmap to Profitable Small Hydro Power Plant Development in Bishkek

On 30 November 2017 in Bishkek GRATA International organised a practical seminar: Roadmap to Profitable Small Hydro Power Plant Development, together with international engineering firm  ILF Consulting Engineers.

13.12.2017

GRATA International organised a practical seminar: Roadmap to Profitable Small Hydro Power Plant Development in Almaty

On 28 November 2017 in Almaty GRATA International organised a practical seminar:  Roadmap to Profitable Small Hydro Power Plant Development, together with international engineering firm  ILF Consulting Engineers.

11.12.2017

Stepanov and Aksuk Law Firm Associate office of GRATA International is Recognised by Право.ru-300 Ranking 2017 in 4 Nominations

On 7 December 2017, the results of the national law firms rating – ‘Право.ru-300’ were announced.

07.12.2017

Drinks reception was held at the residence of the British Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan

On 6 December 2017 the drinks reception was held in Astana, Kazakhstan. 

06.12.2017

Yerzhan Yessimkhanov, partner of GRATA International, spoke at the International Conference "PPP Projects in International Context"

On 5 December 2017 the International Conference "PPP Projects in International Context" was held in Frankfurt-on-Main, Germany.

Yerzhan spoke on key questions of PPP projects implementation in Kazakhstan, particular issues of national legislation, basis PPP models in Kazakhstan, issues relating to regulation of PPP projects and key trends of development of PPP in the near future.

04.12.2017

Nurlan Kyshtobaev conducted a guest lecture on “concession agreements”

On November 28th, 2017 Nurlan Kyshtobaev, partner of GRATA International Bishkek office conducted a guest lecture on “concession agreements” and “how law firms operate”. The lecture was read to the students of International Business Law department of the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) within the course “Investment Law and Sustainable Development”. Earlier this year, GRATA International in Bishkek signed a MoU with AUCA on cooperation. 

28.11.2017

4th Downstream Caspian & Central Asia conference

4th Downstream Caspian & Central Asia conference was held in Baku, Azerbaijan on November 28.

28.11.2017

Chamber Annual Networking Reception took place in Azerbaijan

On 22 November 2017 Dubai Chamber Annual Networking Reception took place in Azerbaijan, Baku with the aim of highlighting achievements, discussing plans, and reward most active companies. 

28.11.2017

Amcham November Luncheon

On November 16, 2017, American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan (AmCham Azerbaijan) organized its monthly members’ luncheon.

28.11.2017

Amcham Legal & Compliance Working Group’s November Meeting

AmCham Legal and Compliance Working Group hosted its regular meeting on November 1, 2017.

28.11.2017

Railway “Baku-Tbilisi-Kars” was opened in Azerbaijan

The opening ceremony of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway (BTK) was held on October 30, 2017 in Baku.  

28.11.2017

Extension of PSA for Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli Oil Field

On October 31, 2017, MilliMajlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan ratified a new production sharing agreement. 

27.11.2017

PPP Law in Kazakhstan (unofficial English translation)

Since 1991, Kazakhstan, Central Asia’s largest economy and oil producer, has had to rely on the deteriorating infrastructure it inherited from the Soviet Union. As a result, nearly every piece of public infrastructure (e.g., roads, hospitals, power plants, kindergartens, sewerages) in Kazakhstan requires a different degree of upgrading or expansion. It is expected that proper PPPs and project finance deals will finally take off in Kazakhstan in the near future, firstly because proper legislation on PPPs has been put in place in 2015 and, secondly, after decades of neglect, the government of Kazakhstan has finally not only declared, but seems to confirm its readiness to improve the investment climate and to attract private investments through PPPs (including into the housing and utilities sector) and decided to invest at least part of the wealth from commodity exports in long-postponed infrastructure projects.

21.11.2017

Yana Dianova assisted the World Bank in preparation of the Doing Business 2018 annual report on Russian Federation

Yana Dianova, Director of the Corporate and Commercial Law Department of GRATA International (Moscow office), took part in the preparation of the Doing business 2018 annual report by the World Bank on the Russian Federation.

В Каспийском Университете прошли гостевые лекции с GRATA International

С 10 по 16 ноября 2017 года Каспийский Университет принял юристов GRATA International в качестве лекторов по актуальным темам.

15.11.2017

GRATA International has been recognised as an ‘outstanding’ law firm according to Asialaw Profiles 2018

We are proud announce that GRATA International has been ranked as an Outstanding Law Firm by Asia Law Profiles 2018

14.11.2017

GRATA International organised a Doing business in Kazakhstan seminar in Atyrau

On 13 November 2017, in celebration of 20 years of GRATA International in Atyrau, we organised a Doing business in Kazakhstan via a Joint Venture and Consortium seminar.

14.11.2017

GRATA International in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

As a further step in GRATA International’s strategy designed to provide a comprehensive coverage in the Eurasian region, we are pleased to announce the expansion of our Mongolian desk into a significant presence in Ulaanbaatar.  Absolute Advocates, a full-service law firm, has started operating as an associate firm of GRATA International with effect from November 10, 2017.

13.11.2017

Shaimerden Chikanayev Took Part in the Round Table ‘Strategy 2025’

On 7 November 2017, a round table ‘Strategy 2025’ was held in Almaty.

13.11.2017

GRATA International Took Part in the Kazakh Forum of Corporate Lawyers

On 2-3 November 2017, the XII Forum of Corporate Lawyers was held in Almaty. GRATA International took part in the Forum as speakers.

13.11.2017

Doing business in Kazakhstan seminar

On 13 November 2017, in celebration of 20 years of GRATA International in Atyrau we are organising a DOING BUSINESS IN KAZAKHSTAN VIA JOINT VENTURE AND CONSORTIUM seminar.

25.10.2017

Arzinger & Partners Associate office of GRATA International in Belarus “Climbed up” in the Rating IFLR 1000

And again October, and again the time of the rating IFLR1000.

In the company section of IFLR 1000 Financial & Corporate we have gone up and take a worthy place in Tier 2! Similarly, we are located in the section Project Development, which replaced Energy & Infrastructure.

25.10.2017

Associate office of GRATA International in Samara RBL became a partner of the large industrial park of the Samara region

Associate office of GRATA International in Samara RBL law office became a partner of the large industrial park of the Samara region

10.11.2017

Bakhyt Tukulov: "It's awesome to be a lawyer!"

On 10 November, Bakhyt Tukulov, Partner, Director of the Litigation Practice, will speak at the Caspian University.

24.10.2017

Tax Advising

Preparations are being made in Belarus for the introduction of a new institute in the consulting sphere - tax advising. Edict of the President adopted on September 19 serves this purpose by approving the Regulation on the activities of tax advisers in Belarus.

18.10.2017

GRATA International hosted a Termination of employment agreement seminar in Atyrau

On 13 October 2017, in Atyrau, at the Renaissance Hotel, GRATA International hosted a Termination of employment agreement seminar devoted to labour law regulation of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

17.10.2017

Проверка российского контрагента перед сделкой

Статья управляющего партнера Ассоциированного офиса GRATA International в Новосибирске (Россия) USCONSALT Евгении Бондаренко о проверке российского контрагента перед сделкой.

17.10.2017

Как предъявить иск в суд к российской компании

Статья управляющего партнера Ассоциированного офиса GRATA International в Новосибирске (Россия) USCONSALT Евгении Бондаренко о соблюдении ряда обязательных требований при принятии процессуального обращения арбитражным судом Российской Федерации. 

17.10.2017

IFLR 1000 2018 recognised Shaimerden Chikanayev as a Highly regarded lawyer for Financial & Corporate law

GRATA International is delighted to confirm that Shaimerden Chikanayev has been endorsed as a Highly regarded lawyer for Financial & Corporate law following client and peer recommendations during IFLR1000's research process.

16.10.2017

GRATA International participated in the 19th German Economy Day in Kazakhstan

On 6 October 2017, the Union of German Economy in the Republic of Kazakhstan and Representative Office of the German Economy in Central Asia held the 19th Day of German Economy in Kazakhstan.

16.10.2017

GRATA International visited Almaty Invest - 2017

On 5 October 2017, the International Investment Forum - "Almaty Invest" - was held. The Forum platform annually incorporate about 500 high-ranking participants. 


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