A factory producing breathing apparatus for the oil and gas industry opened in Kazakhstan

On August 9, the opening ceremony of a specialized factory of the Akbarysgroup of companies producingdomestic breathing apparatus was held in Nur-Sultan city.

The largest oil and gas operators — Karachaganak Petroleum Operating B. V. (KPO) and Tengizchevroil LLP (TCO) — assisted in the launch of the QHSE Akbarys Plant, which began the production of protective respirator hoods according to the British Avon Rubber plc technology for use in the course of work in a hydrogen sulfide environment.

“Akbarys” respiratory protective hoods will be produced using advanced British technology of Avon Protection system. They are intended to be used while working in the hydrogen sulfide environment and to protectemployees in the event of leakage of sulfur or sulfur dioxide on large oil and gas projects such as Karachaganak and Tengiz, Corporate Relations Department of Karachaganak Petroleum Operating B.V. (KPO) reported.

KPO and Akbarys have been cooperating for many years.  In 2014, the oil and gas operator entered into a trial contract with the Kazakhstani company aimed to localize hydrogen sulfide detection and monitoring services and later a number of other major contracts.

The launch of the plant became possible thanks to the support of QHSE Akbarys idea on localization by large oil and gas operators Karachaganak Petroleum Operating B. V. (KPO) and Tengizchevroil LLP.

“The opening of a factory in the capital of Kazakhstan is another step for KPO todeveloppromising and mutually beneficial cooperation aimed to introduce technologies and attract investment in the development of Kazakhstan’s high-tech production and service potential. This is an excellent result of the successful cooperation of KPO, the competent authority and the Department for International Trade of the UK,” says KPO Operations Director Gabriele Giona.

During the event, KPO also handed over a contract to Akbarys for the supply of 8,300 units of breathing apparatus of Kazakhstan production.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the mayor’s office of Nur-Sultan, the Ministry of Energy, the competent authority – PSA LLP, the British Embassy in Kazakhstan, as well as representatives of oil and gas companies.

According to the Department, as a result of the KPO local content development program, the share of local content in the procurement of goods, works and services increased from 48% in 2014 to 60% in 2018.

“In general, since the signing of the FPSA in 1997, the share of local content in the procurement of goods, works and services exceeded USD 7 billion”, reports the company.

QHSE-Akbarys is 100% Kazakhstan company, which provides H2S safety service, solid control service, consulting services for existing activities and also produces different kind of PPE and CPE.

Karachaganak Petroleum Operating B. V. is the operator of the Karachaganak field development project.

The KPO consortium includes Eni SpA (29.25%), Shell (29.25%), Chevron (18%), LUKOIL (13.5%) and KazMunayGas (10%).

The Karachaganak field is located in the West Kazakhstan region and covers an area of more than 280 sq. km. Its estimated hydrocarbons initially in-place are 9 billion barrels of condensate and 48 trillion cubic feet of gas, and total estimated reserves exceed 2.4 billion barrels of condensate and 16 trillion cubic feet of gas.

Phoто: kpo.kz