6 Jul 2023 11:30

CPC restarts Kurmangazy pump station, continued to accept oil during power restrictions

MOSCOW. July 6 (Interfax) - The Caspian Pipeline Consortium continued to receive crude oil from shippers during the power restrictions in Kazakhstan this week.

The CPC press service said the Kurmangazy pump station went back into at 9:10 Moscow time on July 6 after a forced shutdown.

"Prior to this, oil was transported in a combined mode of operation using the main pumping units at the Tengiz, Atyrau and Isatai pump stations amid the restrictions on power generation by external suppliers," it said.

"There were no restrictions on the acceptance of oil from suppliers, all the volumes proposed by shippers were accepted for delivery," it said.

The equipment of the CPC facilities is intact, at present all oil pumping stations are operating normally," the consortium said.

The CPC connects the oil fields in the west of Kazakhstan and the Russian fields on the Caspian shelf with the sea terminal in Novorossiysk. The system is the main export route for Kazakhstani oil, accounting for more than 80% of the volumes pumped through the pipeline from the republic.

In 2022, the company shipped 58.7 million tonnes of oil for export; the forecast for 2023 is about 61 million tonnes.

The CPC shareholders are: Russia (24% via management of Transneft, 7% on the balance sheet) with 31%; Kazakhstan (represented by KazMunayGas - 19% and Kazakhstan Pipeline Ventures LLC - 1.75%) with 20.75%; Chevron Caspian Pipeline Consortium Company 15%; Lukoil International GmbH 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 with 1.75%.

As reported, on July 3, due to an emergency shutdown of the Mangistau Atomic Energy Complex's power unit No. 1, a power surge occurred on the Aktau - Atyrau - Uralsk - UES of Russia 220 kV transit power line, the result of which was the emergency automatic shutdown of the 220 kV Tengiz-Beyneu lines. As a result, the Mangistau region switched to isolated operation with a decrease in frequency and disconnection from consumers. Then, the accident affected the Atyrau power junction, forcing the isolated operation (from the 220 kV transit transmission line) of power plants for Tengizchevroil (the operator of the development of the Tengiz field), NCOC (the operator of Kashagan), the Atyrau Heat and Power Station, the Atyrau Oil Refinery, the CPC-K pipeline, half of the city of Atyrau and other districts in the region.

A number of industrial facilities in the Atyrau region were transferred to backup power sources, and Mangistau region industrial facilities received electricity with restrictions.