27 March 2015
Nurlan Kapparov, the chief executive officer of KazAtomProm, passed away unexpectedly yesterday. Kapparov, who was 44, suffered a heart attack during a working visit to China, the Kazakh uranium mining company said today.
In a statement, KazAtomProm described Kapparov as "a distinguished and public figure, a well-known politician and entrepreneur, patron of arts, former minister of environmental protection of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and a prominent representative of a new generation of the country's young policy-makers."
Kapparov became CEO of state-run KazAtomProm in August 2014 and "gave new impetus" towards the development of Kazakhstan’s nuclear power industry that aimed to cover the complete fuel cycle, KazAtomProm said. Kapparov, who was also KazAtomProm chairman, took over from Vladimir Shkolnik when he was appointed head of the country's new energy ministry.