Oil spill prevention and assets integrity

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Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Constant readiness to oil spill response (OSR) is absolute priority for us.

Our offshore operations

The Caspian Sea is unique natural object, whose fragile ecosystem is particularly sensitive to oil contaminants due to its completeness. We impose high requirements to environmental safety during performance of marine oil operations: we conduct baseline environmental studies in contract areas and assess our potential social and environmental impacts before start of any type of works and carry out impact monitoring, emission monitoring and emergency monitoring – during and after operations.

We ensure constant readiness to liquidation of all possible oil spills before start of drilling operations at sea. We perform continuous environmental monitoring of liquidated wells upon completion of works. Environmental monitoring programme in marine areas also includes diver inspections of wells. Monitoring of liquidated wells on contract areas includes monitoring of: air quality, sea water pollution and bottom sediments, biodiversity status, as well as laboratory and analytical works, photo and video shooting of well heads of abandoned wells.

We strictly adhere to the following principles during maritime operations:

  • Strict adherence to design decisions;
  • “Zero discharge” principle – all waste and waste waters are taken on shore;
  • Provision of all floating crafts with fish protection devices and lack of bilge waters;
  • Prohibition on production operations during spawning period – from April 1 to July 15;
  • Prohibition on fishing from production vessels;
  • Prohibition of well tests and burning of raw hydrocarbons at night;
  • Adherence to special mode of utilization.

There is a system on insurance of operational and effective response to emergencies, including oil spills and implementation of appropriate operations on liquidation of their consequences. We conduct regular practical and theoretical exercises, various trainings and drills in order to improve practical skills of the staff and in order to improve level of readiness to OSR.

We drilled a marine exploratory well on Satpayev area during the accounting period, for which a special program on sea pollution prevention was developed. The program included measures on protection of marine environment, removal of stored materials, drilling agents and other substances, which can damage the environment, lawful use of the sea and other economic activities, from flood zone.

In case of possible spill occurrence, we conduct relevant drills and conclude agreements with specialized companies on liquidation of oil spills of 1st and 2nd levels. In case of spill of 3d level, an agreement is concluded with the international association “Oil Spill Response Limited”, specializing in accidents eliminations on maritime oil and gas fields.

Our subsidiary KMG Systems & Services LLP (hereinafter KMG S&S) owns the North Caspian Environmental Response Base on Oil Spills (hereinafter referred to as NCERB) in Atyrauskaya oblast, the only specialized facility in the RoK, intended for OSR.

There is a zero level of oil spills on waters during the accounting period.

Case history

Kazmortransflot conducted drills on oil spill response (OSR) in offshore of port Bautino.

Drills, performed on June 27, 2017, were successful.

National Maritime Shipping Company “Kazmortransflot” LLP, a member of the KMG Group of companies, provides OSR during exploration drilling at Satpayev area in KSCS. Kazmortransflot conducted drills on oil spill response before drilling. Four vessels participated in drills: two specialized multitask vessels for support of maritime operations, as well as a tow and barge. Situation of potential oil spill, closer to real conditions, was simulated, where vessels shall liquidate oil spill, using special equipment. Crews of ships and offshore personnel of Kazmortransflot demonstrated high level of training, qualification and competence.

Oil spill response services are integral part of maritime operations during exploration and production works. Their purpose is non-admission and prevention of possible emergency situations at the sea, related to possible leakage or subsequent oil spillage to sea surface, which can lead to drastic consequences for ecology of the sea, as well as life and health of people.

Onshore facilities

Ensuring of pipelines integrity is one of priority areas of the Company’s policy in the area of provision of industrial and environmental safety.

Accident rate is the key efficiency indicator of measures in the area of industrial safety and efficient system work in this area. Total number of oil spills decreased by 81 % in 2017 as compared with level of the previous year, volume of spilled oil in 2017 was 1,749.65 ton, which is slightly higher than indicator of the last year. These results are consequence of programmes implementation on improvement of reliability of field pipelines in SDEs of the business company “Exploration and Production”, aimed at replacement of worn out pipelines and pipelines protection against corrosion by means of inhibition.

Successful implementation of these programs directly impacts on reduction of number of oil spills, and as a consequence, reduction of the area of soil contamination.

Volume of oil spill (onshore facilities), tons

41 923,492 km of worn out field pipelines were replaced during the accounting period (3,219.7715 km in 2016). Replacement of pipelines involves use of pipes of higher quality, particularly pipes with improved corrosion resistance, armored and non-metallic (fiberglass) pipes.

There were no accidents because of technical state of pipelines in “KazTransOil” JSC from 2012 to 2017 (total length of oil pipelines of “KazTransOil” JSC is 5,377.3 km).

Statistical data, confirmed by inspections of the authorized bodies, confirm service reliability of pipeline system of “KazTransOil” JSC.

An important part of accident-free operation of pipeline system is timely diagnosis of its technical condition. In-pipeline and external diagnosis of 4,874.07 km of oil pipeline (91 % of the total length), using modern diagnostic equipment, was performed for the purpose of identification and quickly removal of pipeline defects from 2012 to 2017.

Effectiveness of anticorrosive protection means, used in “KazTransOil” JSC, is confirmed by the absence of corrosion failures on main oil pipelines within the period from 2012 to 2017.

“KazTransOil” JSC has reversed the situation with criminal illegal tappings in pipelines of the company in close cooperation with law enforcement agencies since 2012. In 2013, it was possible to reduce number of unauthorized tappings from several dozens or even hundreds per year to 17 facts; according to the results of 2014, 12 unauthorized tappings were discovered; 14 tappings in 2015; 3 unauthorized connections in 2016 and 6 illegal tappings in 2017.

Periodic minor deviations in operation and maintenance of pipeline system of “KazTransOil” JSC are not systemic violations; they are eliminated promptly, without tangible consequences for pipeline system and population of the republic.

Reconstruction (replacement) of field pipelines, km

Illegal tapping