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401 Workers Test COVID-19 Positive at Tengiz Oil Field in Kazakhstan

Gasoil News - Published on Mon, 18 May 2020

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More than 400 people have tested positive for the coronavirus at Tengiz oil field in Atyrau region of Kazakhstan as the number of infections rose by 383 on last Friday. The earliest cases occurred at a workers’ camp of the oil field on April 8. Over 1,500 workers have been identified as close contacts so far. Kazakhstan’s Health Minister Yelzhan Birtanov criticised quarantine measures at the field. He said "Dormitories for workers and canteens have common corridors, no isolation. Both at work and during rest, workers communicate with each other, making it difficult to stop the spread of infection."

General Director of Tengizchevroil Imer Bonner said a total of 17,000 employees have eeenvacuated from the oil field and return to their permanent residency. Production activities continue, though some construction work would be delayed. Demobilized workers will receive compensation equivalent to their average salary. Overtime will be paid for those who remain in production.

Kazakhstan government signed a decree to cut output from May, having pledged to reduce output by 390,000 barrels per day this month and next under a deal with the OPEC+ group of producers aimed at reviving global oil prices. Chevron-led Tengizchevroil, operator of the giant Tengiz oilfield, said that it would follow Kazakhstan's decree imposing production cuts. It said “TCO, as a law-abiding company, will follow the Republic of Kazakhstan's government decree."

Tengiz field is an oil field located in north western Kazakhstan's low-lying wetlands along the northeast shores of the Caspian Sea. It covers a 2,500 square kilometers project license area which also includes a smaller Korolev field as well as several exploratory prospects. The Tengiz field, first discovered in 1979, has recoverable reserves estimated at between six billion and nine billion barrels. The field was jointly developed in 1993 as a 40-year venture between Chevron Texaco 50%, KazMunaiGaz 20%, US ExxonMobil 25% and LUKArco 5%. The joint venture company is known as TengizChevrOil. Chevron is the operator of the TCO field. The Tengiz oil field in west Kazakhstan’s Atyrau Region produced nearly 30 million tons of crude oil in 2019.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 18 May 2020
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