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Astrakhan Oblast Governor Visited Astrakhan PS

18072023A.jpgOn 18 July 2023, Igor Babushkin, Astrakhan Oblast Governor, visited Astrakhan PS, Tengiz-Novorossiysk crude pipeline operation facility, for the first time. CPC General Director Nikolay Gorban personally demonstrated the station operation equipment to the Region’s Head and told him about the main oil pumping processes.

The station managers and specialists familiarized Igor Babushkin with the staff working conditions and the activities implemented by the team aimed at improvement of industrial and environmental safety and labor protection. Anti-terrorist protection of the facility and protection of the crude pipeline line segment were in the focus in the course of the visit. 

Thanks to the Debottlenecking Program (DBNP) completed at the PS, the station operation area was upgraded by 90%. A new mainline pump building with new units was constructed, as well as a new switchgear house, a packaged transformer substation, a foam generating unit and mud strainers were installed.2_5310202100536323644.jpg

Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) were installed for the new mainline pump building as part of the DBNP. Use of the VFD significantly save both energy and equipment service life: if earlier a CPC dispatcher had to completely shut down a unit to change the crude pipeline operation mode “downward”, now it is enough to reduce the electric motor revolutions. 

Customs metering of crude oil coming from Kazakhstan is carried out at Astrakhan PS.  A new custody transfer meter with six lines was built under the Expansion Project. The capacity of the meter with ultrasonic flow meters achieves 11.5 thousand cu. m per hour.2_5310202100536323662.jpg

In 2022, Astrakhan PS mainline pumps pumped 52 M tons of crude oil. During the first half of 2023 - approximately 30 M tons.

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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%.