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CPC Shareholder Representatives Visited Tengiz PS and Astrakhan PS

IMG_20221206_112146.jpgOn 5-9 December 2022, representatives of the Companies-Shareholders of Caspian Pipeline Consortium visited Tengiz Pump Station (Republic of Kazakhstan) and Astrakhan Pump Station (Russian Federation). The said PSs are the backbone for increasing the throughput capacity of CPC crude pipeline system under the implementation of the Debottlenecking Program (DBNP). The main purpose of the visit consisted in checking the work progress on the DBNP sites and assessing their readiness to commissioning.

On 6 December, representatives of Transneft, KazMunayGas, Chevron and ExxonMobil corporations, Eni visited Tengiz PS. When they walked around the station, they were shown the DBNP facilities at the stage of completed construction, including the spring-loaded pressure relief valves (SPRV) drainage tank site, expanded through construction of new crude oil quantity and quality measurement system (LACT), a new pressure control station (PCS). The representatives of CPC Shareholder Companies got acquainted with the new booster pump house (BPH), which had passed the comprehensive testing in November 2022.  The mainline pump house (MPH) was also demonstrated, the gradual replacement and comprehensive testing of new mainline pump units (MPU) in various operating modes are currently in progress in the building. The Shareholder representatives assessed the degree of readiness of the new tanks (SVRFT-20000) hydrotested not long ago.

The results of the walk-through were reviewed in the Administration building at Tengiz PS with participation of the DBNP team and CPC Operations Department representatives. The Shareholder representatives assessed the high degree of readiness of the new DBNP facilities. The DBNP team leadership confirmed the intent to notify the Shareholders before the end of 2022 of the mechanical readiness of CPC pipeline system for increase pumping volumes. The Shareholders representatives were also shown the existing and future work plans for all DBNP facilities in the Republic of Kazakhstan and Russian Federation, the plans were discussed with them.


On 8 December, representatives of Transneft, KazMunayGas and Chevron corporation visited Astrakhan PS. When they walked around the station, they were shown the completed DBNP facilities, which had passed all necessary tests, including the new Indoor switchgear building (ISG), Packaged Transformer Substation (PTS) building and Potable water treatment unit (PWTU). The following facilities were also shown: mud strainers site, cut-off valve site, variable frequency drives (VFD) in operation and a new mainline pump house. The Shareholder representatives were not only impressed by the new equipment, but also by the high quality of the work done and the improvement of the new site of Astrakhan PS. CPC Operations Department’s representatives commented on the positive aspects of the VFD technology implementation at the PS - smooth start and stop of the pump units, smooth switch from one pumping mode to another, resistance to voltage fluctuations and power saving. 

The results of the walk-through of Astrakhan PS were reviewed in the Administration building in VELESSTROY construction camp with participation of the DBNP team and CPC Operations Department’s representatives. The Shareholder representatives discussed the expected timeline on receiving a permit from the governmental authorities to put new facilities of Astrakhan PS into operation and expressed their gratitude to CPC team for the work done to ensure the PS readiness for an increase of the pumping volumes.  The DBNP team leadership pointed out that the early and safe commissioning of the new section of Astrakhan PS had been provided for by the efforts of an ad hoc working group which had facilitated prompt decision making directly at the facility.

In the course of the meeting held in the presence of the Consortium’s Shareholder representatives, CPC-R and VELLESTROY employees were awarded for their contribution in development of the Safety Culture. The Shareholders noted the high involvement of CPC Management in assuring safe working environment at the Company’s facilities.

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CPC Pipeline 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 (SPM) that allow to load tankers safely at a significant distance offshore, also amid poor weather conditions.

CPC 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%.