An official award ceremony of the environmental awareness project “Let’s Save Our Environment” was held in the Astrakhan Region on October 1, 2020. This project has been implemented in the region already for five years by Caspian Pipeline Consortium assisted by the Volga-Caspian Branch of the All-Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (Rus. VNIRO).
As reminder, the objectives of CPC’s environmental awareness project "Let's Save Our Environment" in the Astrakhan Region are to increase the population of sturgeon fish species which are in danger of extinction in the wild, shape environmental awareness in the younger generation, and develop a careful and holistic attitude to nature in children and teenagers.
A scientific and creative contest called "Preservation and Replenishment of Valuable Fish Stocks in the Volga-Caspian Basin" was held among schoolchildren from five municipalities of the Astrakhan Region in the Kharabalinsky, Krasnoyarsky, Narimanovsky, Yenotayevsky and Limansky Districts in September. Participants presented their agitprop projects to the jury in three nominations: "Scientific Project", "Applied Art Competition" and "Illustrated Literary Art Competition". The projects were presented remotely using the Zoom platform, taking into account the current epidemiological situation and in order to ensure additional safety for all participants during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nine winners
in each category were awarded valuable prizes - tablet computers, smartphones and webcams.
By tradition, the award ceremony of the environmental education project "Let's Save Our Environment" was timed with a release of young Russian sturgeon fish. This year, 4.2 thousand Russian sturgeon weighing 350 grams each and 200 fish weighing 1 kg each were released in the Volga delta front with participation of Mikhail Grishankov, CPC Deputy Director General, Russian Government Relations, Astrakhan Region government and VNIRO representatives.
The release was watched by a special Commission ordered to be set up by the Federal Fishery Agency, including representatives of federal and regional authorities, fishery science and fishery organizations, and public organizations. The Commission measured the quantity and weight of released juvenile fish with special tools and drew up a formal report.
Environmental projects are an important part of charitable activities for CPC in its host regions. For example, a saiga population protection program has been implemented for many years in Kazakhstan and Kalmykia and there is an environmental education program aimed at increasing the population of spotted and red deer in the Stavropol Krai.
Over the five years the environmental education project "Let’s Save Our Environment” has been implemented in schools and social rehabilitation centers in the Astrakhan region, young scientists and specialists of the Volga-Caspian Branch of VNIRO have given 120 open lessons. In total, they have been attended by about 2.5 thousand people. A lot of work has been done to increase the population of sturgeon fish species. Almost 20 thousand fish (weighing from 100 g to 1 kg) - Russian sturgeon, beluga, Fringebarbel sturgeon, and sterlet - have been released in natural habitats over that period.
The CPC pipeline system is one of the largest investment projects with foreign capital in the energy sector in the CIS. The length of Tengiz-Novorossiysk pipeline is 1,511 km; more than two thirds of all export crude oil from Kazakhstan and crude oil from the Russian fields, including those in the Caspian Region, are transported by this route. CPC Marine Terminal is equipped with three Single Point Moorings (SPM) that allow to load tankers safely at a significant distance offshore, also in poor weather conditions.
CPC Shareholders: Russian Federation (represented by Transneft – 24% and CPC Company – 7%) – 31%; Republic of Kazakhstan (represented by Kazmunaygaz – 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%.