The Karachaganak-Uralsk gas pipeline connects community settlements along the route from the Karachaganak Processing Complex in Aksai to Uralsk city. This gas pipeline is an important social infrastructure project that will ensure stable supply of environmentally clean fuel to more than one hundred thousand residents of five districts of the Western Kazakhstan Oblast. The project of more than 300 kilometre pipeline in length represents a total investment of some $300 million.
The Karachaganak-Uralsk gas pipeline will support the development of Kazakhstan’s domestic gas market, as well as encourage further industrial growth by delivering much needed energy to communities within the Western Kazakhstan Oblast. This project is significant both from economical and social perspectives since not only does it represent the tangible result from the co-operation between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Karachaganak partners, but it is also a powerful incentive for the continued development of the region.
Construction of the pipeline was agreed by the Karachaganak partners, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Western Kazakhstan oblast authorities, and a Memorandum of Intent was subsequently signed in the presence of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbaev.
The construction of the Karachaganak-Uralsk Gas Pipeline was divided into three start-up complexes with the intent to supply gas, first of all, to those populated areas where no any gas supply system had been before. Special effort was put into improving reliability of gas supply. Construction was conducted by a local company.
First start-up complex of the Gas Pipeline going from Uralsk City to the village Novopavlovka, including new gas distribution station (GDS) for supplying gas to the populated areas of Terekta District of WKO was completed in December 2009.
Second start-up complex, including 116 km 10” gas pipeline and GDS in the village Zhympity and supplying gas to the populated areas of Syrym and Karatobinsky Districts of WKO, was completed in June 2010.
Third start-up complex, including new GDS and gas lines to supply gas to Uralsk city and Aksai town and also the populated areas in Burlinsky and Zelenovsky Districts of WKO has been completed in September 2011.
The project team, together with the constructing contractor, in August 2011 surpassed 5 million man hours without a lost time injury. This is a significant achievement on such a project.
The entire Project was completed in September 2011 including the necessary integrated commissioning stage of all the three start-up complexes. The handover to a local owner has been finalised in 2012.