Karachaganak-Bolshoi Chagan-Atyrau Pipeline Nearly Complete

Karachaganak Integrated Organization will launch the Karachaganak-Bolshoi Chagan-Atyrau oil pipeline during the second quarter of 2002. The 635-kilometer pipeline has entered the final stages and an internal check has been carried out on the entire pipeline. Control and management systems are currently being installed. The pipeline will be able to transport 7 million tons of liquid hydrocarbons per year.

The pipeline will provide access to the world market for oil produced at Karachaganak, via the Caspian Pipeline Consortium's Tengiz- Novorossiisk pipeline. Reserves at the Karachaganak field are approximately 1.2 billion tons of oil and condensate and 1.35 trillion cubic meters of gas. KIO produced over 5 million tons of condensate at the field last year and plans to increase production of liquid hydrocarbons to 7 million tons this year. Karachaganak produced 44 million tons of condensate and 3.75 million cubic meters of gas in 2001.

The 1,580-km Tengiz-Novorossiisk pipeline joins fields in Western Kazakhstan with the Russian Black Sea coast. The pipeline was officially launched in November 2001. The first stage of the pipeline has a capacity of 28 million tons of oil per annum, which will gradually increase to 67 million tons per annum. It is planned that the pipeline will reach its full initial capacity this year and next.