On 15 November 2020, in the course of the search operation in the woodlands of Yuzhnaya Ozereevka village (Novorossiysk Municipality) an explosive object was discovered - the WWII air bomb (FAB-250), as classified by a specialist of Novorossiysk UMVD TsKS. The discovered object is at a distance of approximately a kilometer from the Shore Facilities of Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC-R) Marine Terminal.
By the MChS’s estimate, the air bomb location and its warhead yield constitute no danger to CPC-R crude pipeline system or its facilities operation. CPC-R specialists also assess the situation as not posing direct threat. To prevent unauthorized persons’ access, a 24 hours a day watch attendance around the site of discovery has been arranged together with the Ministry of Internal Affairs from 03:00 p.m. on November 16 2020. Rostov Civil Defense and Emergency Division specialists are expected to arrive to remove the object to a specialized disposal area.
All CPC-R facilities keep functioning in the standard operating mode, the Company monitors the changes in the situation in coordination with the Regional competence agencies. Comprehensive actions have been taken to ensure safety of the local community and the Company’s personnel and facilities. As the discovered object is the air bomb, I. Diachenko, Head of Novorossiysk Municipality, has introduced an emergency situation regime effective 11:00 a.m. on 16 November 2020, in accordance with the MChS requirements. Territorial subdivisions of MChS, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Health Care Ministry have been engaged, actions have been envisaged to evacuate, if required, the local habitants.
The CPC Pipeline System is one of CIS largest energy investment projects that involves foreign capital. The length of the Tengiz – Novorossiysk pipeline is 1,511 km; this route moves over two thirds of all Kazakhstan export oil along with crude from Russian fields including those in 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: Russian Federation (represented by PJSC 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%.