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Shell evacuating its staff from Kazakhstan's Kashagan field

Oil&Gas Materials 3 July 2020 13:42
Shell evacuating its staff from Kazakhstan's Kashagan field

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jul.3

By Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend:

Royal Dutch Shell has taken a decision to send non-essential business personnel from Kazakhstan to home-countries given current developments related to COVID-19, Shell representative told Trend.

Shell operates Kazakh Kashagan and Karachaganak fields in the country through its Kazakhstan-based subsidiaries.

“Health and safety of our staff is the highest priority for Shell. The company confirms to have taken a decision effective 1st July to send non-essential business personnel and their families from Atyrau city where North Caspian Operating Company (NCOC) operates to home-countries given current developments related to COVID-19 in Kazakhstan and Atyrau region,” the company official said.

He emphasized that these Shell secondees will continue to perform their NCOC duties remotely, which will not impact NCOC’s operational performance.

North Caspian Operating Company is a Kazakhstan-based Kashagan Field operator.

Developed with an estimated investment of $55 billion, Kashagan phase one represents the biggest international investment in Kazakhstan to date. Developed in harsh offshore environment, it is also considered to be one of the world’s most technically challenging oil and gas project completed so far.

Karachaganak is one of the largest oil and gas condensate fields in Kazakhstan. Karachaganak Petroleum Operating produces oil and gas from the Karachaganak field. The shares in the consortium are as follows: Eni - 29.25 percent, Royal Dutch Shell - 29.25 percent, Chevron - 18 percent, Lukoil - 13.5 percent, and KazMunayGas - 10 percent.

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