KPO Environmental Protective Measures Plan

Aiming to minimize negative impact on the environment, to reduce environmental pollution level, and to ensure protection of environment and environmental safety, KPO develops the annual Environmental Protective Measures Plan (EPMP).

In order to obtain an Environmental Emissions Permit, KPO sends the authority an EPMP developed for the permit’s validity period, as provided by the RK Environmental Code. The Plan’s measures focus on ensuring the environmental safety, improving environmental protection methods and technologies, ensuring rational use of nature and maintaining compliance with the ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 international standards.

In 2018, KPO performed its operations in accordance with the obtained Environmental Emissions Permits and developed EPMPs. The KPO 2018 KOGCF Environmental Protective Measures Plan (EPMP) was developed for the duration of the Environmental Emissions Permit (EEP). Environmental Emissions Permits with the validity period until 2020 for the WKO Bolshoi Chagan OPS and the Atyrau Terminal OPS export pipeline facilities were received in 2015, as shown in table below. The 2016-2020 Environmental Protective Measures Plans were scheduled according to the validity terms of the received permits.

KPO Environmental Protective Measures Plans in 2018 and issued Permits


Developed and agreed Environmental Protective Measures Plans for 2018

Permits obtained and valid for 2018

Permit issued by


2018 KPO EPMP for the Karachaganak Field


Environmental Emissions Permit No. KZ02VCZ00146243 dated 22.12.2017 (validity: 01.01.2018 — 31.12.2018)

Committee for Environmental Regulation and Control of the RQ Ministry of Energy


2016-2020 KPO EPMP for the KPC-Bolshoi Chagan-Atyrau export condensate pipeline in the West-Kazakhstan Oblast (WKO)

Environmental Emissions Permit No. KZ68VDD00021755 dated 12.08.2015 (validity: 01.01.2016 — 31.12.2020)

WKO Akimat, West-Kazakhstan Oblast Administration of Natural Resources and Nature Use Control


2016-2020 KPO EPMP for the Atyrau Oblast


Environmental Emissions Permit No. KZ87VDD00021510 dated 07.08.2015 (validity: 01.01.2016 — 31.12.2020)

Atyrau Oblast Akimat, Atyrau Oblast Administration of Natural Resources and Nature Use Control

The results of the Environmental Protection Plan measures implemented by KPO in 2018:

Air emissions

  • Use of high pressure separators during the test and clean-up of 11 wells helped reduce the amount of air polluting emissions by 8,474 tonnes;
  • Use of high pressure pump for pumping oil helped reduce the amount of air polluting emissions by 245 tonnes;
  • Use of hydrocarbon-based fluid for the reservoir operations (Lamix or Deisel) helped reduce the amount of air polluting emissions by 586 tonnes.

Waste and wastewater management

  • 736.5 tonnes of municipal and production waste was sorted and sent for incineration in General Purpose Incinerator (GPI);
  • The following was sorted and sent for processing and reuse as recyclable materials:
    • 95.6 tonnes of waste paper, which is by 6.3 % less compared to 101.98 tonnes in 2017;
    • 8.5 tonnes of scrap metal, which is by 30% less compared to 12.08 tonnes in 2017;
    • 25.2 tonnes of plastic, which is by 40% more compared to 18.04 tonnes in 2017.
  • In 2018, the volume of treated wastewater reused at the KOGCF for making drilling muds, irrigation of planted trees and dust control amounted to 18,241 m3 (50,476 m3 in 2017). The volume of reused wastewater amounted to 4.4% of the total consumption of fresh technical water, which was 417,232 m3.
  • In 2018, the total volume of treated liquid waste amounted to 7,004.62 tonnes, wastewater — 7,960 m3
  • In 2018, the transfer of accumulated waste from the Solid Waste and Spent Drilling Mud Site to the Solid Waste Burial Landfill continued. 6,156.16 tonnes of waste was treated and disposed at the Landfill throughout the year (5,266.26 tonnes in 2017).

Land reclamation

  • In 2018, 71 ha of land disturbed because of well operations and construction activities was reclaimed.