News 2013December, 2013
The Kashagan field pipes, where the leakage was found, are replaced and sent for the further examination, informs Trend.az. Currently we are preparing the pipeline survey by the special robotic devices.
The pipe sections where the leaks were found, are replaced and sent for the examination to determine the causes of the incident, -stipulates the statement. The artificial islands were built in Kashagan field in the Caspian offshore, from which the wells are being drilled.
The islands are connected with the land-based Bolashak processing plant through the oil and gas pipelines. As previously reported, the beginning of the oil production at Kashagan oil was announced on September 11, 2013 by the North Caspian Operating Company (NCOC) on behalf of the Consortium under the North Caspian PSA.
However, by end of September and beginning of October, the leakage was found in the onshore section of the pipeline, in two kilometres from the Bolashak plant. The oil production was suspended. “A further delay in the commercial production at Kashagan is possible to continue until 2015.
This is a problem for the Government of Kazakhstan, since it needs the revenues from this field. It's not that simple as to repair a pipeline in Texas, said Shamil Enikeev, Member of the Scientific Board of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, specializing in the oil and gas sector in Central Asia, while being interviewed by the Reuters.