TCO Completes Turnaround Ahead Of Schedule Despite Pandemic

27 September 2021

September 27th, 2021, ATYRAU – Tengizchevroil LLP (TCO) is pleased to announce that despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, the company has completed its maintenance turnaround at its oil facility in Tengiz, four days ahead of schedule, and production has safely resumed.

The turnaround activities, which are aimed at maintaining the reliability and safety of the facilities’ equipment, commenced on August 1, 2021. This year the activities were focused on the Sour Gas Injection (SGI) unit and Second-Generation Plant (SGP) in Tengiz. 

“The strong partnership between TCO and its contractor business partners, contributed to the safe delivery of this important maintenance activity. We also appreciate the support we received from the Republic of Kazakhstan’s authorities,” said Kevin Lyon, TCO General Director. “I am impressed by the tremendous skills of our workforce who safely completed a total of 1.4 million workhours during this turnaround.”

The turnaround required extensive planning by various technical and sanitary experts, in order to protect the workforce and safely execute the activities under COVID-19 conditions. Throughout the pandemic, TCO has continued to implement a number of protection safeguards, including a robust vaccination program for its workforce, podding activities which involves separating staff (in accommodation, transportation and at worksites), PCR-testing and isolation protocols. 

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

The Future Growth Project-Wellhead Pressure Management Project (FGP-WPMP) are two integrated projects implemented by TCO simultaneously. FGP-WPMP implementation will allow an increase in Tengiz crude oil production capacity. 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.