The Karachaganak field was first discovered in 1979. In 1998 the Kazak government established a PSA (Production Share Agreement) with KIO for the development of this field.
Karachaganak presented a large number of development challenges due to its remoteness, size and composition. In addition, the region is characterised by extreme climatic conditions with cold winters (-40C), hot summers (+40C) and short springs and autumns.
Since Karachaganak was already partially developed during the Soviet era, the development plan required the complex refurbishment and improvement of existing facilities as well as the construction of new operations.
Kentech’s initial involvement at Karachaganak included:
- Upgrade of the Unit 3 Gas Processing Unit
- Decommissioned the existing pneumatic system and installed and commissioned the new process automation and control system for Unit 3.
All of this work was carried out while the plant was in a continually live gas processing state. Kentech did not have a single plant trip or outage during the complete works period.
With the expansion of the field, Kentech was involved in a number of other contracts including; the EPC (Engineer, Procure and Construct) for HVAC in over 50 buildings across the site and providing electrical services for the 24” condensate export pipeline.
More recently, Kentech has supported KPO directly on a number of projects including an electrical and instrumentation commissioning contract on Train 4 as well as various other electrical and instrumentation support services across the Karachaganak field.