Desalination Plant in Karazhanbas to be Launched in Q1 2021
The desalination plant in Karazhanbas is scheduled for start-up in Q1 2021. The new produced water processing plant will have a capacity of 42,500 m3/day and will use the multi-stage filtration and reverse osmosis desalination technologies. Desalinated water production will amount to 17,000 m3/day. This was announced during the press tour organised by JSC NC "KazMunayGas" (KMG) and JSC “Karazhanbasmunai” (KBM) at the Karazhanbas field.
Today, KBM consumes 17,500 m3 of Volga water from the Astrakhan-Mangyshlak water conduit. When launched, the desalination plant will supply water to the field and make a large amount of water available for the needs of the people in the Mangistau Region. In addition, up to 50 new jobs are expected to be created upon completion of the construction. The new enterprise will also contribute to the solution of a range of KBM’s process issues. For one, from 2021 to 2035, KBM intends to increase oil production at the field by at least 700,000 tonnes, to lower the number of well workovers and subsurface repairs and to reduce cratering blow-out.
It should be noted that the start-up of the plant was rescheduled from December 2020 to Q1 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic which led to delays in the equipment supplies.
The participants of the press tour were also informed about KBM’s ecological projects and environmental protection activities.
KBM is now continuing with its efforts to clean up the historical oil contamination areas totalling 350 hectares, of which 143 hectares have already been cleaned up by KBM. The company has abandoned 11 wells drilled in the late 1970s in the Caspian coastal area and has disposed of 180,000 tonnes of waste at the temporary storage site.
Every year, KBM allocates considerable funds for environmental protection, including processing and disposal of waste and waste from the temporary storage site. Whereas in 2016 these expenses were 168 million tenges, the amount budgeted for the current year exceeds 479 million tenges.
As a reminder, in 2019, KMG and the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan signed a Memorandum of Environmental Cooperation. Pursuant to this document, KMG’s subsidiaries, namely KBM, JSC “Mangistaumunaigas” and JSC “Ozenmunaigaz”, assumed the obligation to dispose of historical contaminations and to clean up the oil-contaminated lands within their contract territories as well as to dispose of and process the waste placed in unequipped sludge collectors.