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Caspian Pipeline Construction Under Way.

Laying of the first line pipe in November marked the start of construction on the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) project that will connect Western Kazakhstan to the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk.

The Caspian Pipeline will allow maximum development of the Tengiz field, which holds potential reserves of six to nine million barrels of recoverable oil and is planned to reach peak production of 700,000 barrels per day in 2010.

CPC, owner and operator of the pipeline, currently has an 835 km (518-mile) pipeline originating in Tengiz, Kazakhstan, and routed around the northern end of the Caspian Sea terminating at Komsomolsk, Russia. The pipeline will be extended 745 km (462 miles) from Komsomolsk to the new marine terminal shore facility being built northwest of the Port of Novorossiysk, Russia, on the Black Sea. Once completed, the pipeline will traverse approximately 1,580 km (981 miles) of Kazakhstan and Russian terrain, and will be the primary export facility for Kazakhstan oil to the west.

Chevron holds a 15 percent equity interest in the CPC and a 45 percent interest in Tengizchevroil, operator of the Tengiz field.

According to a Chevron spokesman, the project also involves renovation of some existing pipeline assets, connecting Kazakhstan's Tengiz oilfield to the Black Sea.

Felix Mukhamedov, Managing Director of the Starstroi Consortium, the prime contractor on the project, said the CPC project is to be built and operated in strict compliance with all Russian and international quality and safety standards. He said, "We will adhere to these standard and will comply with every requirement set forth by regulatory entities, especially those that deal with environmental protection issues. We are proud to have been awarded this highly competitive contract and we're confident we will successfully complete this project on schedule."

The Strarstroi Consortium includes Kubanneftegasstroi (Krasnodar), Stavropoltruboprovodstroi (Stavropol), Bouygues Offshore and Spie Capag, both of Pads, France. About 90 percent of the overall scope of work is being implemented by local construction organization. The Starstroi contract includes the installation of 749 km (465 miles) of new pipe and refurbishment of 300 km (185 miles) of existing pipeline.

To expedite the project, new pipeline construction has been divided into four separate spreads and will be completed simultaneously by Starstroi's four main Russian subcontractors, including: Volgogradneftegasstroi (242 km), Stravropoltruboprovodstroi (211 km), Kubanneftegasstroi (173 km) and Vostoknefteprovodstroi (119 km). Refurbishment of the existing pipeline will be implemented by Volgogradneftegasstroi.

Mukhamedov indicated in mid-November that about 1,300 construction workers were active on the Caspian Pipeline project. At that time, double jointing of 17,000 linear meters (55,774 feet) of pipe and 32,00 linear meters (104,986 feet) of soil stripping and right of way clearance had been completed.

Construction is also under way at the marine terminal location and the Russian pipeline site. Further, Sage Systems Division of Neles Automation, Baltimore, MD, had been awarded a contract to provide an integrated SCADA and pipeline simulation system for the Caspian pipeline in both Russia and Kazakhstan.

According to Neles officials, the company will provide turnkey monitoring, control and leak detection using its revolutionary full-scope pipeline management system comprised of the S/3 SCADA and SimSuite pipeline products. S/3 Scada and SimSuite will be installed at the operations control center located at the new marine terminal shore facilities and at the secondary control center in Kropotkin. The project also includes the installation and commissioning of five initial pump control stations and 100 main line block valve PLCs.

This portion of the project will be executed in partnership with Neles Automation's project office in Moscow, ZAO Valmet, whose experience with industrial automation projects in the former Soviet Union is critical to the proper transfer of technology required for the project. According to SAGE Division President Dave Jardine: "The CPC project marks a significant milestone for Neles Automation as it represent our first combined undertaking involving the three North American, the Finnish and Russian offices."

The pipeline portion in Russia is expected to be completed in December, with the deliver of first-oil through the marine terminal at Novorossiysk in mid2001, with an initial export capacity of 560,000 barrels per day. By adding pumping stations along the line, the capacity will ultimately reach 1.5 million barrels per day.
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Date:Jan 1, 2000
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