On March 01, 2020, Caspian Pipeline Consortium subdivisions started preparation of its operation facilities to the spring flood season. Preparatory activities include implementation of technical and organizational arrangements required prior to massive snow melting and spring flood season. Implementation of flood control activities is effected in close cooperation with the regional authorities, district administrations, Emergency Ministry subdivisions and hydrometeorological services.
At all of the Consortium’s PSs in the Republic of Kazakhstan (Atyrau oblast) and in the Russian Federation (Krasnodar and Stavropol Krais, Republic of Kalmykia and Astrakhan Oblast) automated fire fighting, industrial and domestic sewage systems and treatment facilities will be tested for operability. In particular, experts will inspect storm water drainage systems of the Tank Farms and Pump Stations, the condition of lightning arresters and grounding devices as well as drain tank automated systems.
Comprehensive inspection including full closing and opening checks for 200 pipeline valves on the pipeline line section, including 27 at the water crossings and over 1,500 valves at process pipelines of the Pump Stations and Tank Farms will be performed.
As part of anti-flood actions, additional preparation of 20 fire trucks has been accomplished, operational readiness has been ensured of 274 units of specialized vehicles to support emergency response work, 100 units of vehicles for oil collection and re-injection, availability of equipment, resources, materials and sorbents in the required quantities to contain oil spills has been ensured.
It should be noted that CPC, on a year-round basis, monitors the condition of the Tengiz-Novorossiysk trunk crude pipeline underwater crossings of water barriers and bottomland areas. To ensure timely identification of threats to the pipeline facilities, monitoring stations have been set up and outfitted with all requisite tools and equipment. Such stations ensure monitoring over water rising in Chernozemelsky channel, Ural River, Emba River, Volga River, Kuban River, Manych River and others, including mountain rivers. The river levels in CPC presence regions are currently in the normal condition.
CPC Pipeline System is one of the major investment projects in the energy sector with participation of foreign capital in the CIS. The length of the Tengiz–Novorossiysk Pipeline is 1,511 km; it transports over two-thirds of all Kazakhstan export crude, as well as crude from the Russian oil fields, including the Caspian Region. CPC Marine Terminal is equipped with three Single Point Moorings (SPM) that allow to load tankers safely at a significant distance offshore, also amid poor weather conditions.
CPC Shareholders: CPC Shareholders are Russian Federation (represented by Transneft – 24% and CPC Company – 7 %) – 31%; Republic of Kazakhstan (represented by KazMunayGas – 19% and Kazakhstan Pipeline Ventures LLC - 1.75%) – 20.75%; Chevron Caspian Pipeline Consortium Company - 15%, LUKARCO B.V. - 12.5%, Mobil Caspian Pipeline Company – 7.5%, Rosneft-Shell Caspian Ventures Limited – 7.5%, BG Overseas Holding Limited - 2%, Eni International N.A. N.V. - 2% and Oryx Caspian Pipeline LLC - 1.75%.