Kazakh official talks possible Tengiz field's operations suspension

Kazakh official talks possible Tengiz field's operations suspension

BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 27

By Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend:

Kazakhstan is not planning on suspending operation of its major Tengiz oil and gas field notwithstanding great number of COVID-19 cases among field’s staff, Kazakhstan’s Minister of Energy Nurlan Nogayev said, Trend reports with reference to Kazakh media.

Nogayev made the statement during a meeting with the population held on May 27, 2020.

In his words, production shutdown at the Tengiz field due to an outbreak of coronavirus is not on the agenda.

“The main production is underway without changes. The Future Growth Project implementation continues, but non-critical types of work were postponed to a later date. As of today a total of 18,500 workers have been demobilized, sanitary and preventive work is being carried out. Operation was organized in accordance with the requirements of the chief sanitary doctor and the sanitary doctor of Atyrau region. To date, the issue of stopping the field’s operation is not on the agenda,” Nogayev said.

On May 20, 2020 Kazakhstan’s Chief Sanitary Doctor Aizhan Yesmagambetova said that operations at TCO-operated Tengiz oil and gas field may be suspended if number COVID-19 cases among field’s staff go on increasing.

The data as of May 21, said that 935 coronavirus cases of total cases countrywide account for Tengizchevroil staff.

The first two cases of coronavirus infection were detected in Kazakhstan among those who arrived in Almaty city from Germany on March 13, 2020.

The total number of coronavirus cases confirmed in Kazakhstan amounted to 9,304. This includes 4,669 people who recovered from the coronavirus, and 37 patients who passed away.

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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