In 2010, large work was carried out by KMG SDEs on implementation of the Programs for Associated Petroleum Gas Disposal, approved by the Competent Authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In most of SDEs the Programs for Disposal Of The Associated Gas have been already completed.
Implementation of the Programs by the end of 2011 will enable KMG’s SDEs to achieve full disposal of the associated petroleum gas at the fields and eliminate gas flaring. Furthermore, it would not only eliminate the penalties for gas flaring, but also allow receiving profit on sales of the saleable products.
Taking into account that the major prospects of increasing the volumes of extracted hydrocarbons in Kazakhstan are connected with the development of the Caspian shelf, KMG makes active efforts for the creation of an infrastructure for response to any possible anthropogenic emergencies.
In accordance with the State Program for Development of the Kazakhstan Sector of the Caspian Sea and the Action Plan (II stage) on Implementation of the State Program for Development of the Kazakhstan Sector of the Caspian Sea, KMG is implementing the project for construction of the North Caspian Environmental Oil Spills Response Base (NCERB) in the Atyrau oblast. This project is included in the list of KMG’s priority investment projects.
NCERB will be a Centre for Response to potential oil spills during development of offshore fields, environmental and meteorological monitoring, rehabilitation of the animal world.
The Project’s objective is to render services on urgent oil spill response in the northern area of the Kazakhstan Sector of the Caspian Sea.
The NCERB will consist of the following key infrastructure facilities: jetty and mooring basin, storage buildings for the Oil Spill Response (OSR) equipment, buildings and facilities for servicing of air-cushion vehicles (ACV), buildings of the animal world rehabilitation centre, buildings of the environmental and meteorological monitoring centre, utility structures and a helicopter pad.
The main purpose of the NCERB is to protect the Ural river mouth and the reed along the coast of the northern area of the Caspian Sea.
As it is well known, today, one of the major ecological problems is the global climate change in connection with the considerable growth in greenhouse gases emissions.
In 2010 KMG developed a corporate system for control over greenhouse gases emissions, which is based on the use of flexible economic vehicles of the Kyoto Protocol.
Besides, in 2010 KMG’s corporate Energy Efficiency Program and Action Plan on energy and resources saving and implementation of clean technologies and equipment were developed.
Within the framework of implementation of the corporate greenhouse gases emissions control system and the Energy Efficiency Program, KMG together with its foreign partners are considering the opportunity of implementation of certain projects for reduction of greenhouse gases emissions by means of “carbon” vehicles. This refers to disposal of the associated gas in the gas-transportation system and oil refining. The implementation of these projects with the carbon component is expected to attract additional investments through the sale of certified volumes of reduction of greenhouse gases emissions on the external market.
Based on the set priorities, KMG will focus on the implementation of the following strategic tasks:
- Implementation of the Company’s Comprehensive Environmental Program for 2006-2015, with adjustment of the plan of environmental actions and inclusion of new enterprises.
- Aerospace environmental monitoring and actualization of environmental database.
- Implementation of programs and events for energy and resources saving and introduction of environmentally clean technologies and equipment, as part of the corporate energy efficiency program.
- Development of the corporate greenhouse gases emissions control system, based on the use of the Kyoto Protocol vehicles, and foundation of the Company’s Carbon Fund.
- Ensuring the safety of offshore oil operations and creation of a specialized oil spill response and mitigation entity.