The TCO Way

The TCO Way explains who we are, what we do, what we believe, and what we plan to accomplish. It establishes a common understanding not only for those of us who work here, but for all who interact with us. It is a unifying framework for our goals, values, strategies, and initiatives. Our values define a culture that can sustain superior business performance. At the heart of The TCO Way is our mission and vision.


Our mission is to create superior value for our shareholders, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Atyrau Oblast, and our employees.


Our vision is to be the safest, most efficient and profitable oil and gas enterprise in the world. Inherent in our vision is an organization that: 

  • Possesses superior capabilities and commitment; 
  • Delivers world–class performance in Health, Safety, Environment, Reliability and Efficiency; 
  • Earns the respect of all our stakeholders, investors, customers, host government, local communities and our employees–not only for the goals we achieve but how we achieve them.


Our Company's foundation is built on our Values, which distinguish us and guide our actions. We conduct our business in a socially responsible and ethical manner. We respect the law, support universal human rights, protect the environment, and benefit the communities where we work.


We are honest with others and ourselves. We meet the highest ethical standards in all business dealings. We do what we say we will do. We accept responsibility and hold ourselves accountable for our work and our actions.


We trust, respect and support each other, and we strive to earn the trust of our colleagues and partners.


We learn from and respect the cultures in which we work. We value and demonstrate respect for the uniqueness of individuals and the varied perspectives and talents they provide. We have an inclusive work environment and actively embrace a diversity of people, ideas, talents, and experiences.


We seek new opportunities and out–of–the–ordinary solutions. We use our creativity to find unexpected and practical ways to solve problems. Our experience, technology and perseverance enable us to overcome challenges and deliver value.


We have an unwavering commitment to being a good partner, focused on building productive, collaborative, trusting and beneficial relationships with the government, other companies, our customers, our communities, and each other.

High Performance

We are committed to excellence in everything we do, and we strive to continually improve. We are passionate about achieving results that exceed expectations– our own and those of others. We drive for results with energy and a sense of urgency.

Protecting People and the Environment

We place the highest priority on the health and safety of our work force and protection of our assets and the environment. We aim to be admired for world–class performance through disciplined application of our Operational Excellence Management System.

Strategic Intents

Our Strategic Intents guide TCO's direction — where we invest to grow value and improve our financial returns. Our actions and plans are focused on achieving success in each of these strategic intents:

Be the Leader in Safety and Environmental Performance

Of primary importance is the safety of our workforce and the protection of environment in which we work. We use the Operational Excellence Management System (OEMS) and Tenets of Operation to ensure an injury and incident free operation and world class environmental performance.

Invest in our Workforce to achieve our Mission and Vision

Investing in our workforce to achieve our Mission and Vision statements, and to provide the organizational capability necessary to deliver world-class performance in operational excellence, cost reduction, capital stewardship and profitable growth is critical to our success. We do this by providing formal training programs, mentoring, challenging assignments and development plans that enable employees to contribute to their maximum potential.

Be the most Respected Company in Kazakhstan

Being respected in the Kazakhstan community supports our mission to produce superior value for the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Atyrau Oblast and our employees and shareholders. We do this through extensive use of Kazakh goods and services, impactful social, training and infrastructure programs (Egilik), vigorous implementation of our nationalization program, diligent protection of the environment and compliance with Republic of Kazakhstan (RoK) regulations.

Achieve Superior Operational Performance

Achieving superior operational performance requires continually improving the reliability and efficiency of our operations and capital projects execution from developing reserves through marketing products. We do this by implementing world class Operational Excellence (OE) and Capital Stewardship (CSOC) processes, utilizing leading edge technology and by monitoring key metrics to ensure superior performance.