On a mirror-smooth road through the Caspian desert at a speed of 5 km per hour, a powerful towing truck pulls something futuristic. A day later, this cargo will be delivered to its destination – the Tengiz field, which hides about 3.2 bln tons of proven oil reserves of the highest quality in its depths. And the cargo is one of the massive production modules intended for the construction of the Future Growth Project-Wellhead Pressure Management Project (FGP-WPMP), which should increase the volume of oil production at Tengiz from the current 27 mln tons per year to 39 mln tons.
Before getting to the field, the production module has come a long way. it was manufactured in South Korea, then loaded on a ship that sailed to the Baltic Sea, further along, the internal waters of the Russian Federation to the Caspian Sea, and finally, through a specially created channel on the Prorva Peninsula, it got to the Tengizchevroil cargo unloading, acceptance, and storage terminal, from where it went to the field, to the installation site.
The channel is an artificially created waterway with a length of 71 km and a depth of 4.8 meters. About 18 mln cubic meters of soil were extracted and removed during its construction. Unique heavy-duty gas turbine generators, which are currently being assembled in Italy specifically for the Tengiz project, will use the same waterway later. And at the production sites of the domestic company Ersai, pipe racks with a length of about 70 meters and a height of 20 meters are ready for shipment.