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Suspension of Oil Lifting from Marine Terminal Due to Weather Conditions

In November 2023, storm restrictions on transshipment were repeatedly announced at the Novorossiysk seaport, which CPC strictly followed.

As a reminder: oil is lifted from CPC Marine Terminal via Single Point Moorings (SPM) 5 km away from the shoreline with strict compliance with the industrial and environmental safety requirements. The SPM design allows for loading during adverse weather conditions when traditional onshore oil lifting systems are forced to suspend their operation.

Currently in the area of Novorossiysk, there are extremely unfavorable weather conditions: wind up to 22-24 m/s (79.2-86.4 km/h), wave height 6-8 meters.

Novorossiysk seaport master announced a storm warning, according to which oil loading was stopped at CPC Marine Terminal and tankers were withdrawn to waiting areas. The Company's tank farms are virtually full. Therefore, crude oil is accepted from the Shippers at lower flowrates.

To be emphasized: CPC adheres to an uncompromising position on the environmental protection and safety during the operation of the Consortium’s Marine Terminal equipment in the Black Sea and the prevention of oil spill emergencies. On the basis of this attitude and following the relevant regulations, oil lifting has currently been suspended and the will also be the case in the future when similar conditions occur.

The resumption of loading to be advised.   

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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%.