As part of
the scheduled maintenance and repair program and replacement of single point
moorings SPM-1 and SPM-2, Caspian Pipeline Consortium plans to perform in
addition operations related to seabed touchdown: replacement of underwater
manifolds, installation of caisson anchors, assembly and laying of chains, etc.
In the past, this coastal sea
area was a war zone more than once. In addition, due to natural phenomena the
sea bottom is exposed to displacement of bottom rocks and layers of water. In
this regard, the regulations of the ports of Novorossiysk and Black Sea Fleet
(BSF) provide for a mandatory set of measures for inspecting and eliminating
the residual mine hazard to be taken before the start of operations involving
The preliminary surveys of
the SPM-1 and SPM-2 water area found hydroacoustic and magnetic targets/objects
to be additionally surveyed and disposed, if necessary.
From June 15, 2022, Russia’s
EMERCOM is to commence the additional survey and disposal of potentially
hazardous underwater objects within the water area of SPM-1 and SPM-2.
More details will be provided
upon work completion.
Following the disposal of
potentially explosive items, CPC will receive an expert opinion of the
Headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet authorizing to carry out operations
involving seabed touchdown within the water area of transport safety of SPM-1
operation of SPM-1 and SPM-2 will be suspended on June 15-25 as part of
scheduled shutdowns. The normal operation of SPM-3 will continue to fulfill
System is one of the major investment projects with foreign capital in energy
sector in the CIS. The length of the Tengiz – Novorossiysk pipeline is 1,511
km. This route transports over two thirds of all Kazakhstan export crude, as
well as crude from Russian oil fields, including those in the Caspian Region.
CPC Marine Terminal is equipped with three Single Point Moorings (SPMs) that
allow to load tankers safely at a significant distance offshore, also amid poor
Shareholders: Federal Agency for State Property Management represented by
Transneft (trust management) – 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. S.ar.l. – 2% and Oryx Caspian Pipeline LLC – 1.75%.