Chevron and Partners Unanimously Approve Caspian Pipeline Key Commercial Terms
Caspian pipeline expansion to significantly increase transportation capacity
MOSCOW, Dec. 18, 2008 - Chevron Eurasia, an affiliate of Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) announced today that the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) shareholders have unanimously approved the key commercial terms for an expansion project that will more than double the capacity of the pipeline. CPC provides an important transportation outlet for the export of crude oil from Kazakhstan and Russia to the Black Sea. The Shareholders' approval also authorizes $50 million funding of additional detailed engineering work required for a final investment decision.
Expansion of CPC is expected to increase the annual design capacity of the pipeline from 28 million tons to 67 million tons, or 1.4 million barrels per day). The project plans to use the existing 935 miles (1,505 kilometers) of pipe and expand throughput capacity by the addition of 10 new pump stations (for a total of 15), six new 100,000-cubic-meter storage tanks at the Marine Terminal near Novorossiysk, and additional offshore loading facilities. The project also calls for 55 miles (88 kilometers) of new pipe to be added in Kazakhstan.
"Caspian production over the next 10 to 15 years is forecasted to grow significantly, and this pipeline expansion will help enable that growth." said Jay Johnson, Chevron managing director for Chevron Eurasia. "The scope of this project is equivalent to adding a new export pipeline in this important region and will boost TCO's ability to transport Tengiz crude to markets on behalf of its partners," added Johnson.
Chevron is a leading crude oil producer in the Caspian region, primarily through its 50 percent ownership in the Tengizchevroil (TCO) partnership, a joint venture formed in 1993 to develop the Tengiz and Korolev fields in Kazakhstan over a 40-year period.
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Published: December 2008