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technology and workers unite in Kazakhstan

1 min read | november 16, 2022

Chevron’s employees and contractors teamed up to complete a massive turnaround event in Kazakhstan to inspect and repair equipment.

Earlier this year, more than 3,900 Chevron employees and contractors descended upon a sprawling Kazakhstan oil field with a common purpose: making the region a safer and reliable place to work.

The army of workers was participating in a massive turnaround at Tengizchevroil, a Chevron-led joint venture that encompasses two world-class reservoirs. One, Tengiz, ranks as the world’s deepest producing supergiant oil field and the largest single-trap producing reservoir in existence.

During turnarounds, operations are halted so that equipment can be inspected and repaired. Turnarounds also include enhancements or improvements to equipment. The events take years to plan and are vital to facilitating a safe and effective work environment.

a modern approach

Technology helps us perform turnarounds more efficiently. The scale of our recent Kazakhstan event deployed 160 mobile devices that enabled real-time communication of data to improve decision-making and efficiencies.

“We see value in these technologies. They enable our workers to spend more time with work crews rather than having to go back to their desks and communicate from a computer.”

paul mccarley

turnaround digital initiatives co-lead

why it matters

Some of the process units inspected are nearly 25 years old, and the team's turnaround efforts are expected to keep this facility running safely and reliably until the next planned turnaround.

Paul McCarley, who helped lead digital initiatives during the turnaround, emphasized the role of technology. “It's very important that we utilize new tools and new technology to shorten the duration of this turnaround.”

safety first

Ensuring employees remain safe—both during the turnaround and once the equipment is returned to service—was the turnaround core team’s top priority over the past two years.

“When we're out there at the worksite, that's the culmination of so much planning and so many meetings,” McCarley said. “We want to make sure that we execute our work safely and return the facility to those who will be using it in the future. Because every day they will be walking out into that facility, trusting that the work we did will keep them safe.”

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