Caspian Pipeline Consortium Upgrades Tengiz-Novorossiysk Pipeline

January 2013, Vol. 240 No. 1

The Caspian Pipeline Consortium’s (CPS) 1,511-km Tengiz-Novorossiysk Pipeline was shut down for 72 hours to tie-in new equipment and replace block valves in an effort to increase the pipeline’s capacity.

This was the final scheduled shutdown of the oil pipeline carried out in 2012 with the key objective of preparation for completing the initial stage of the expansion project and increasing the capacity of the Tengiz-Novorossiysk Pipeline.

The expansion included: the rehabilitation of five existing and construction of 10 additional pump stations (2 in the Republic of Kazakhstan and 8 in the Russian Federation); adding six crude oil storage tanks near Novorossiysk; and a Single Point Mooring (SPM) system at the CPC Marine Terminal. Also 88 km of pipeline was replaced in Kazakhstan with larger diameter pipe. Project investments totaled US$5.4 billion.