Baby fish Saving Campaign

Aug 25, 2017
In Atyrau city, in the limits of Yntymak Community Development Program, was held a Baby fish saving Campaign in cooperation with the Fishery Inspection of the Makhambet District and Tengizchevroil LLP’s support.


In spring, the River Ural expands and fills numerous lowlands with water in the Makhambet and Inder districts and forms up to 40 shallow water bodies which serve as "birth centers" for spawning fish. In June, the river levels fall, and most of the adult fish, along with the baby fish at low tide, manage to return to the river. But some of them become stranded and are held captive in these ever-shrinking ponds. In the heat, the amount of oxygen in the water of these ponds also decreases dramatically and the fry that have hatched are subsequently threatened by oxygen starvation and imminent death. The only way to give these tiny fry a chance of survival is to catch them and then release them into the River Ural.

The campaign was held on the Leskhoz site near the Petrushkino Reservoir in the Makhambet District, 35 km from the City of Atyrau. 59 volunteers including Youth House residents managed to rescue and release 18 000 fry into the River Ural. Many species of juvenile fish such as carp, vobla, crucian and bream were released.

This is the second such campaign this year. On July 22nd in the Makhambet District, 65 km from the City of Atyrau near the Petrushkino Reservoir 64 volunteers very released 10 000 baby fish back into the Ural river. 

Baby fish saving Campaign is an annual event, which began in 2012 and each year the number of baby fish that have been rescued has grown. Over the lifetime of the campaign, 320 volunteers, mainly TCO employees and their families, have taken part in the project and in total, 86 000 baby fish have been rescued and released into the Ural.

Tengizchevroil LLP is a Kazakhstani partnership that explores, develops, produces and markets crude oil, LPG, dry gas and sulfur. TCO conducts its operations in accordance with world-class safety and environmental standards. In April 1993, Tengizchevroil was formed between the Republic of Kazakhstan and Chevron Corporation. Current partners are: Chevron Overseas Company, 50 percent; KazMunaiGas NC JSC, 20 percent; ExxonMobil Kazakhstan Ventures Inc., 25 percent; and LukArco B.V., 5 percent. 


The Future Growth Project-Wellhead Pressure Management Project (FGP-WPMP) are two integrated projects implemented by TCO simultaneously. FGP implementation will allow to increase Tengiz crude oil production capacity by approximately 12 million tonnes per year or 260,000 barrels per day and the overall Tengiz crude oil production capacity will be approximately 39 million tonnes per year or 850,000 barrels per day. While FGP implementation will expand production, WPMP will keep the existing Tengiz plants at full capacity by lowering wellhead pressure and boosting the pressure of the six existing processing trains.