Kazakhstan's Tengiz field operator working to demobilize on-site staff
BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 6
By Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend:
Tengizchevroil (TCO) company, which operates major Tengiz oil and gas field in Kazakhstan, is working closely with relevant government authorities to safely demobilize personnel from the field, a representative of TCO’s parent company – Chevron told Trend.
The official said that TCO like many other companies in Kazakhstan and around the world continues to work through challenging circumstances and take prudent measures to protect the health and safety of the workforce, while minimizing the impact of COVID-19 on its business.
“To reduce workforce exposure to COVID-19, TCO is temporarily reducing non-essential activities and personnel based in Tengiz. The reduction is taking place in a safe, phased and controlled manner according to a previously developed and approved plan,” the official said.
The representative noted that currently TCO’s top priority remains protecting the health and well-being of its workforce and the communities where company’s staff lives and works, and thus TCO is working closely with relevant Kazakhstan’s government authorities to safely demobilize personnel from Tengiz.
“Currently, TCO production operations continue uninterrupted. TCO is taking actions to safely execute the Future Growth Wellhead Pressure Management Project (FGP-WPMP). Having implemented additional health precautions, we continue to advance the project’s key critical-path activities,” the official said.
The Tengiz oil field was discovered in 1979 and is one of the biggest and deepest oil fields in the world. The total explored reserves of Tengiz reach 3.2 billion tons, while recoverable reserves range from 890 million tons to 1.37 billion tons.
In 1993, Tengizchevroil LLP, which is the project operator, was established on the basis of an agreement between Kazakhstan and Chevron. Presently, Tengizchevroil includes Chevron (50 percent), ExxonMobil Kazakhstan Ventures Inc. (25 percent), KazMunayGas (20 percent) and LukArco (5 percent).
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