In March 2022, Caspian Pipeline Consortium has started preparing its operation facilities for the spring flood season. The scope includes comprehensively inspecting, including fully opening and closing with local and remote control, 231 pipeline valves, including 27 at water crossings. Over 1,500 process piping valves were inspected the pump stations and tank farms.
Automated fire fighting, industrial and domestic sewage systems and treatment facilities were tested for operability at all pump stations in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Krasnodar and Stavropol Regions, Republic of Kalmykia and Astrakhan Region. In particular, storm water drainage systems, the condition of lightning arresters and grounding devices as well as drain tank controls were inspected at the pump stations and the tank farms.
Crude pipeline sections, overhead power line towers, and power cable lines were inspected and some reinforced to prevent floodwater erosion.
Operational readiness was ensured of 274 units of specialized vehicles to support emergency response work, 100 units of vehicles for oil collection and re-injection, availability of equipment, resources, materials and sorbents in quantities required to contain oil spills was ensured.
To identify any threat to oil pipeline facilities in a timely manner, CPC and contractor personnel regularly inspect the condition of underwater sections of the main oil pipeline, water crossings and floodplain sections. In particular, the water level rising in Chernozemelsky channel, the rivers Ural, Emba, Volga, Emba, Kuban, Manych and some others, including mountain rivers, is monitored continuously.
The south of Russia crossed by the CPC pipeline route is among the most flood dangerous regions of the country, so such sections of the pipeline are subject to special scrutiny of the Consortium’s specialists. Currently, the river levels in the CPC host regions are normal.
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%.