Tengizchevroil (TCO) was awarded the prestigious Excellence in Flaring Reduction Award at the 10th Global Gas Flaring Reduction Conference in London on October 24.
The World Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR) recognized TCO as a global leader in flaring reduction due, in part, to the success of TCO’s Gas Utilization Project (GUP) which helped TCO deliver on its commitment to end routine gas flaring. The company has reduced its flaring emissions by more than 94 percent since 2000; while increasing crude oil production 147 percent in the same timeframe.
“Thanks to the support of our partners and the Kazakhstani government, TCO was able to successfully complete our Gas Utilization Project on schedule, while at the same time significantly increasing production with the start-up of the new Second Generation Plant and Sour Gas Injection facilities,” said Tim Miller, Tengizchevroil general director. “The Gas Utilization Project demonstrates TCO’s commitment to world-class environmental performance and is part of our overall environmental investment program, totaling more than $2.2 billion since the year 2000.” To reduce flaring, TCO had to make changes to existing operations and major facilities with minimal production disruption; create and implement technological and engineering solutions; and devise solutions compatible with the vast scope and scale of its facilities.
“TCO demonstrated that flare reduction, gas utilization and increased production can be achieved simultaneously,” said Bekbolat Amangeldin, deputy project manager of the TCO Gas Utilization Project. “Today, the only flaring at TCO is some purge and pilot flaring, without which oil and gas facilities cannot be operated safely, and occasional flaring for maintenance, repairs and process safety.”
The GUP project was also a success in achieving high utilization of in-country workforce and other capabilities.
“GUP achieved $129 million in Kazakhstani content,” said Anuar Jakiyev, TCO deputy general director. “Additionally, nearly 900 local contractors worked on the project daily during peak construction. More than 50 percent of the construction work was carried out by Kazakhstani companies.”
Tengizchevroil LLP is a Kazakhstani partnership that explores, develops, produces and markets crude oil, LPG, dry gas and sulfur. We pride ourselves in conducting our operations in accordance with world-class safety and environmental standards. The Tengiz field in Western Kazakhstan was discovered in 1979 and now is one of the world’s deepest producing super giant fields. In April 1993, Tengizchevroil was formed between the Republic of Kazakhstan and Chevron Corporation. Current partners are: Chevron, 50 percent; KazMunaiGas, 20 percent; ExxonMobil, 25 percent and LukArco, 5 percent.