During the meeting of the Government of June 14 the Prime Minister instructed to increase oil production this year from 74 million to 75 million tons, and tasked the Ministry of Energy and KMG to start oil production at Kashagan in October 2016.
Oil production at Kashagan suspended due to restoration works. The project was launched on September 11, 2013, when the first oil run from Kashagan. However, on 24 September, during a routine inspection of the pipeline coming from the island D the plant "Bolashak", a leak of gas was discovered, and therefore the oil production at Kashagan was delayed until repairs at the damaged site finishes. Oil production has been delayed. The analysis carried out by the working group has shown that the cause of the gas leak was the cracking of the pipe under the influence of sulfide compounds. To resolve this problem it was necessary to complete replacement of pipes gas and oil pipelines.
Island D is located 85 km far from Atyrau, and today about 3.5 million tons of rock has been used for its construction. K. Massimov surveyed boreholes and familiarized with the works conducted at the facility. NCOC Managing Director Bruno Zharden reported to the Prime Minister on ongoing work in the field and spoke about the implementation of the North-Caspian project.
The North Caspian Sea Production Sharing Agreement (NCSPSA) was signed by Kazakhstan and an international consortium in November 1997.
The following deposits were discovered within the NCSPSA: Kashagan - in 2000, Kalamkas-sea - in 2002, Aktoty - in 2003, Kayran - in 2003 and Southwest Kashagan - in 2003.
The NCOC company acts as operator of the project on behalf of a consortium of seven oil and gas companies with the relevant share participation in the project:
JSC "NC" KazMunayGas "(KMG Kashagan BV) - 16.88%;
ENI S.p.A. (Agip Caspian Sea B.V.) - 16,81%;
Exxon Mobil Corporation (ExxonMobil Kazakhstan Inc.) - 16,81%;
Royal Dutch Shell plc. (Shell Kazakhstan Development B.V.) - 16,81%;
Total S.A. (Total E & P Kazakhstan) - 16,81%;
CNPC (CNPC Kazakhstan B.V.) - 8,33%;
INPEX Corporation (INPEX North Caspian Sea) - 7,56%.
The Kashagan field is located in the northern part of the Caspian Sea and covers an area of approximately 75h45 km. Geological reserves of oil at the field are estimated at 4.5 billion tons.