Karachaganak Field Development

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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.


On Tuesday 9th February 2021, we announced an agreement to acquire the oil & gas business of SNC-Lavalin’s Resources Division.

This business includes people and assets brought together through their acquisition of the Kentz and other energy services businesses. This transaction marks an exciting, ground-breaking development for Kentech to reinforce our position as a leading integrated energy services provider and introduces us to the renewable / clean power marketplace. We now move forward together with a global network of more than 10,000 professionals united by a commitment of common values and strong partnerships with clients from across the world.

By investing now, we are strategically positioning the company to take advantage of the next cycle of growth.

Our complementary businesses will join forces, creating a stronger offering across the full asset life cycle – from consulting to design and build, commissioning and start-up, through to maintenance, modification and turnaround, as well as decommissioning services.