Caspian Pipeline Consortium Moves Record Volumes Of Crude
In 2016, the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) accepted 44 317 580 t of crude oil, which is the largest volume ever moved by CPC. That included 40 819 897 t from the Kazakhstan shippers (including 803 362 t from the Kashagan field) and 3 497 683 t from the Russian shippers (including 634 711 t from Filanovsky oilfield and 110 328 tons from Korchagin oilfield). Within the first 10 days of January 2017, CPC lifted 1 106 483 t of crude oil at Marine Terminal including 1 021 613 t of the Kazakhstan crude oil and 84 479 tons of the Russian crude oil, Hydrocarbon Engineering reported.
Last year, as a part of the CPC expansion project, the capacity of the CPC Marine Terminal Tank Farm was increased from 700 000 to 1 million t, commissioned A-PS-4, A-PS-4A was filled with crude with the comprehensive testing ongoing, while PS-8, PS-5 and ?-PS-5A were prepared for oil-in.In addition, the operation control centre (OCC) with the new SCADA system was put back in service after extensive upgrade. SCADA is a control and data collection system that provides for online monitoring of all stages of the crude oil transportation all the way from Tengiz to Novorossiysk, from acceptance via container terminal management systems (CTMs) to tanker lifting.
This year the Consortium plans on completing the expansion project and reaching the designed throughput capacity of 67 million tpy with DRA.
In 2016, CPC continued to implement the charitable aid programmes in the regions of the Consortium’s presence. The total worth of the programmes amounted to RUR337 million. The Consortium’s focus has been on providing support to the education and public health sectors. For instance, CPC financed purchasing the top-notch medical equipment to the amount of RUR80 million for the Astrakhan Oblast Children’s Hospital and the Stavropol Krai Clinical Hospital. In 2016 CPC purchased 83 school buses, 15 ambulances with the total number of donated motor vehicles reaching 113.The Consortium also continued building the social infrastructure facilities as a part of the expansion project.
Caspian Pipeline Consortium is the largest international oil transportation project with participation of Russia, Kazakhstan and world’s leading producer companies, which was established for construction and operation of the trunk oil pipeline more than 1,500 km long.
The CPC pipeline system mainly collects crude oil from large oil fields of West Kazakhstan, as well as crude oil from Russian producers.