Future of Tengiz

01 July 2021

TCO Future Growth Project - Wellhead Pressure Management Project is the next expansion of the Tengiz oilfield. This is a project of national significance which will bring great benefits to Kazakhstan. It is expected that FGP-WPMP will increase oil production by about 12 million tons per year making the total TCO crude production to about 39 million tons per year.

In 2016 Tengizchevroil Partners announced approval for the Final Investment Decision of FGP-WPMP which became another demonstration of their commitment to further support sustainable growth of TCO production for the benefit of current and future generations of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstani Content is an integral part of FGP-WPMP. KC Target is 32% of the total Project cost. The Project provides long-term opportunities for local suppliers of goods and services, creates legacy of new production capacities and promotes formation of joint ventures by local and international companies. Starting 2013 TCO has hosted a number of forums for construction companies and suppliers to provide a platform for interaction and development of potential partnership relations between local and international companies and to share more detailed Project information. 

FGP-WPMP is a Project with global impact. The execution centres are situated in 19 different locations in 11 countries. 

Project design engineering is being executed in Farnborough, Atyrau, Almaty, New Delhi and Houston.  FGP-WPMP facilities will be built of modules that are fabricated in Kazakhstan, South Korea and Italy. Pre-assembled racks are under erection at ERSAI’s fabrication yard in Mangistau Oblast.  Work scope in Italy includes fabrication of Gas Turbine Generator modules. In South Korea process pre-assembled units are under erection.

Fabricated modules will be shipped from international fabrication sites to transhipment bases from where they will be further transported. Through the Russian Inland Waterway System, they will get into the Caspian Sea for final delivery to the Cargo Offloading Facility in Prorva peninsula near the Tengiz oilfield.

From the international fabrication yards, the modules will be shipped to the Transhipment Bases on the Black/ Baltic Sea by chartered heavy vessels. A total of 20 vessels for transportation of modules and pre-assemble racks are under construction in Vietnam and Romania. Also the tugs specially built for this purpose will be used for transportation of the modules across the Caspian Sea.

New Cargo Transportation Route is being constructed as a part of FGP-WPMP. This facility is designed for unloading of the modules shipped from the international fabrication yards to Kazakhstan via the Russian Inland Waterway System and their further transportation to Tengiz. From Prorva to Tengiz the modules will travel across new heavy haul roads.

Infrastructure construction and site execution works are well underway in Tengiz. TCO is building a new rotational village called Orken which means “prosperity”. It will accommodate up to 5 000 people.

Significant expansion and modification of the existing gathering system in Tengiz will deliver new production and gas injection multi-well-pads with dedicated metering stations and pipelines. The power distribution infrastructure will link the new and existing power generation facilities and will include substations, overhead lines and switchgear. The Third Generation Plant will include the main processing facilities, Utilities, Power Generation, Sour Water Treatment, Pipe Racks, Flare and Hydrocarbon Drains. It also includes the pressure boost facility to increase the inlet pressure to the existing facilities. FGP will not produce sulphur. Associated sour gas will be injected back into reservoir to enhance oil recovery. Third Generation Injection will include Injection Compressor Islands, associated Utilities and pipe racks.

FGP-WPMP will create a legacy of trained skilled workforce, new facilities, technology transfer and upgraded infrastructure. It is a landmark project that will help to increase Tengiz production by 12 million tonnes of oil per year and will maintain full production rates at the existing Tengiz facilities.