Waste management

Waste handling in KPO is focused on reducing the real and potential hazards the generated waste may impose on people and the environment. The KPO Waste Management Programme for 2018-2020 provides indicators and measures to gradually reduce the accumulated and generated waste volumes and level of hazardous properties.

The Company applies the following waste management methods:

  • waste recovery to process stream;
  • waste treatment at the Eco Centre facilities;
  • waste disposal at the Eco Centre facilities;
  • waste handover to specialized contractor organizations for further disposal, processing and destruction.

Graph below shows the dynamics of waste generation. In 2018, the volume of waste generated at KPO facilities totalled 51,096 tonnes. The volume of waste generated at KPO facilities in 2018 decreased due to the reduction of drilling volumes, if compared to 2017.

According to the Unified republican form of the waste information reporting system, the total volume of waste generated in 2018 included both waste generated and waste after its treatment. Due to the change in reporting, the volume of waste in this chart increased in comparison with the data presented in 2016 and 2017.

Waste generation dynamics at KPO facilities in 2016-2018, tonnes


In 2018, no cases of significant spill were recorded at the territory of the Karachaganak field. The definition of a significant spill is applied to an incident, which has caused contamination of the environment through hydrocarbon/chemical spills to land or water and volume of spilled hydrocarbon/chemical exceeding 1,000 litres (as per KPO Incident classification).