December 14, 2021

SMEC assists in reconstructing a section of an international motorway in Kazakhstan

This November, SMEC was engaged by KazAvtoZhol NC JSC (Kazakhstan’s road authority) as project management consultant in reviving an international motorway.

From L – R: Kawa Baha, SMEC Country Director - Central Asia and Caucasus; Srivathsa Manjunath, SMEC General Manager - Business Development, Central Asia and Caucasus; Nargiz Navoi, Procurement Specialist of KazAvtoZhol NC JSC (SMEC’s client); and Natalia Levitskaya, Business Development Manager – Central Asia.


This November, SMEC was engaged by KazAvtoZhol NC JSC (Kazakhstan’s road authority) as project management consultant in reviving an international motorway.

Funded by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the project road section spans 217 kilometres from Atyrau in Kazakhstan and then on to Astrakhan in the Russian Federation. Our teams will work to reconstruct part of the motorway that stretches between Russia’s Southern and Northern borders.

SMEC will oversee the project’s civil works and assist Kazakhstan’s Road Authority (our client) in reporting obligations to facilitate timely and efficient project implementation.

Specifically, we will support our client’s operations by establishing fit-for-purpose procedures, along with financial and project management systems, which our teams will train our client's staff in using.

Our teams will also devise a compliance system to track covenants; warranties; and representations; and provide training for our client in using the system for record keeping and financial document preparation.

In addition, SMEC will assist in implementing measures required under the project’s environmental and social analysis and audit; stakeholder engagement plan; and E&S Action Plan. These include preparing a national Environmental Impact Assessment for the project, and public hearings in accordance with regulatory requirements.



SMEC’s team in Kazakhstan are proud to be officially engaged as project management consultant on Kazakhstan’s internationally significant Atyrau-Astrakhan road section reconstruction.


SMEC has operated in Kazakhstan since 1999, and worked on a variety of projects which have improved the country’s road networks: from rehabilitating Almaty-Gulshad Road, to upgrading the highway between Taraz and Korday in Zhambyl Oblast.

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