Astana, Kazakhstan, Nov.26
By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:
Pipes at Kazakhstan's Kashagan field where a gas leak was detected have been replaced and sent for examination, the official Kazakhstan media outlet reported on Nov.26.
"Currently preparations are being carried out for examination of the pipeline with a special robotic device. The parts where the leaks were detected have been replaced and sent for examination to find the fault," the media outlet reported.
There were artificial islands created at the Kashagan field in the Caspian Sea where wells were drilled. The islands are connected to the land-based Bolashak facility for preparation of oil and gas by pipelines.
It was earlier reported that the North Caspian Operating Company declared the beginning of first oil production at Kashagan field on Sept.11, 2013 on behalf of the consortium within the Production Share Agreement on the North Caspian.
However, gas leaks were detected in late September and early October in the land-based section of the gas pipeline, two kilometres from the Bolashak plant and oil production was suspended.
The Kashagan field is located at the shallow part of the North Caspian Sea and stands out with its fragile ecosystem. Nevertheless, this oil and gas reservoir is unique for huge reservoir pressure, large depth and high content of hydrogen sulphide.