During the period of 4-7 October 2021 the pipelines of the new lease automatic custody transfer system (LACT) still under construction were connected to the operating pressure control valve (PCV) inlet header at the Caspian Pipeline Consortium Marine Terminal Shore Facilities. The construction of three new LACT (aka oil metering units) is being performed as part of the Debottlenecking Program implementation.
The connection of the LACT pipelines was performed during the planned shutdown of the Tengiz-Novorossiysk oil pipeline. The connection was preceded by the preparatory work including assembly of pipelines and hydraulic testing thereof. The tie-in to the PCV inlet header and welding of joints were conducted during the shutdown. The work was done by 46 specialists of CPC and its contractors.
Thanks to highly efficient planning, preparatory work and well-coordinated actions of specialists the connection was performed before schedule in compliance with all technical requirements despite adverse weather conditions. As the work was done ahead of schedule, the duration of planned pipeline shutdown was reduced by 24 hours. Oil pumping and lifting processes at the Marine Terminal and other CPC facilities are performed as per the schedule.
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), allowing tankers to be loaded safely at significant distance offshore, including in poor weather conditions
CPC Shareholders: Federal Agency for State Property Management represented by Transneft (trustee) – 24%, CPC Company – 7%, KazMunayGas – 19%; Kazakhstan Pipeline Ventures LLC – 1.75%, 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%.