After the Soviet Union broke up, the oil and gas wells of the Caspian Sea became strategical targets for many Western countries.

Foreign oil companies started to control gas plants in the ex-Soviet Union, among them the Italian company Agip. In 1997, when Francesco Zizola made this portrait of the oil industries in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, Agip controlled a gas plant in Kazakhstan with a potential to cover 20% of Italy’s annual gas requirement.

Kazakhstan, 1997.
Baku, Azerbaijan, 1997. Old oil sink in Baku. After the Soviet Union broke up, Caspian's wells of oil and gas became strategical target for many western countries.
Aksai, Kazakhstan, 1997.
Karachaganak, Kazakhstan, 1997. A worker from Unit 3, a gas plant controlled by the Italian oil company, Agip. This well's potential covers 20 % of the Italy's annual gas requirement.
Aksai, Kazakhstan, 1997. Children inhale cobbler's glue.
Aksai, Kazakhstan, 1997.
Black Golden, 1997
Aksai, Kazakhstan, 1997.
Aksai, Kazakhstan, 1997.