Today, on October 3, 2018, the winners of “Student Energy Challenge” competition have been announced by Shell Kazakhstan company and KAZENERGY Association at KAZENERGY Youth Conference “Energy of generations (education, employment, confidence and diversity)” held within the framework of the World Petroleum Council.

The winners are:
  1. “KBTU United” team with the project “Waste-to-energy. Generating energy from urban sewage”. Team members: 4th year students of Kazakh-British Technical University.
  2. “NU SynGas” team with the project: “Gasification of solid waste”. Team members: 4th year students of Nazarbayev University.
  3. “Association of Innovators” team with the project: “The use of resource-saving systems at large commercial facilities”. Team members: 4th year students of Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunications.
The winning team has been awarded a prize of USD 10 000 from Shell Kazakhstan, and the teams of the second and the third places have obtained cash prizes of USD 5 000 and USD 3 000 dollars, respectively.

 Over the two days, the jury members represented by K. M. Kabyldin, Deputy General Director for relations with authorities of Caspian Pipeline Consortium JSC; B. Hazelaar, General Manager of Shell Kazakhstan company; H. Sindhu, Project Manager for renewable energy of Shell Kazakhstan; L.A. Myltykbayeva, Managing Director – Director of Examination Department of Science Fund JSC; B. K. Issenov, Director of Generation and Fuel Department of Samruk-Energy JSC, have been selecting three best teams.

Commenting on the competition, Mr. Olivier Lazar, Chairman of Shell concern in Kazakhstan noted: “We hold “Student Energy Challenge” competition for the second year in a row, and consider it a necessary platform for the disclosure of the potential of students, interaction and exchange of experience with the expert community.

All participants will be given the opportunity to undergo training, which was prepared by experts from Shell concern in order to develop critical thinking skills and integrated problem solving, which will certainly help young professionals in implementing their projects”. Uzakbay Karabalin, Deputy Chairman of KAZENERGY Association added: “Student Energy Challenge” competition – is an opportunity for students to express themselves in the ability to find like-minded people, to unite in a project team, to work together and to show the first skills of professionalism. We believe that participation in such events provides an additional incentive for our young people to make new discoveries and achievements”.

We should remind that the teams of three-five students were tasked to elaborate an innovative project that would offer solutions to global energy problems.

Additional information on the competition is available at:


KAZENERGY Association has a significant experience in implementation of the projects aimed at the development of the system of education and support of talented youth. Since 2007, KAZENERGY Association has been implementing a number of educational programs, including scholarships for undergraduates, students of higher educational institutions and colleges, competitions in developing innovative projects, intellectual games, debate tournaments and other activities in order to involve and stimulate young people to reach creative and professional

Royal Dutch Shell plc. is an international concern uniting energy and petrochemical companies, headquartered in The Hague, the Netherlands. Currently, Shell is one of the largest foreign investors in the economy of Kazakhstan. Shell company has been operating in Kazakhstan since 1992 and is an active member of KAZENERGY since 2006. Being one of the largest investors in the country, Shell has invested more than USD 8 mln. in voluntary social projects to support the entrepreneurs, STEM educational programs and road safety.

In order to support innovative programs of the Government, Shell company has also made its contribution by undertaking the initiative to work with all industries and by elaborating the Roadmap of scientific and technological development of the mining sector in the oil and gas field of Kazakhstan. This collaborative industry project has built a joint vision of the technological development of this sector in order to attract new technologies in Kazakhstan, that will not only help to increase oil production, but also will facilitate the discovery of new oil and gas resources in the country.