Kashagan pilot production phase to be implemented without incidents

Kazakhstan, Astana, Oct. 18 /Trend D.Mukhtarov/

The pilot production phase of the 'Kashagan' oil and gas project will be implemented without incidents, the Head of Labor Protection and Environment Department of 'KazMunaiGas' Kazakh national oil company Nurlan Sirazhev said.

"The pilot production phase of 'Kashagan' will be carried out without incidents. This is not just about environmental safety, but also about oil production. Reliable equipment with multiple degrees of protection, where each process is supervised by specialists, has been installed at the field," Sirazhev said.

He also said that an aerospace survey is being carried out, which allows monitoring of any environmental problems: oil spills or ice situations.

"Remote sensing techniques are used. There are special programs that can predict the movement of any oil spills around the 'Kashagan'," he added.

As previously reported, the largest companies developing the 'Kashagan' gas field will start commercial production in the first quarter of 2013.

Kazakh Minister of Oil and Gas Sauat Mynbayev previously told journalists that equipment is currently being tested in the field, to identify and resolve operating nuances.

Kashagan is one of the largest fields discovered in the past 40 years. According to analysts. Kashagan has the potential to unite the top five largest oil companies in the world. Kazakh geologists estimate geological oil reserves at 4.8 billion tons. According to the project operator, total oil reserves are 38 billion barrels (six billion tons), with a recoverable volume of about 10 billion barrels. Natural gas reserves are estimated at over one trillion cubic meters.

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