Emergency management

Operations at the Karachaganak Oil and Gas Condensate Field (KOGCF) are associated with process safety hazards.  As the KOGCF Operator, KPO has a special focus on the emergency response and prevention.

KPO is responsible to ensure personnel’s readiness to respond to any potential emergency in the short and long term. It is also important to monitor the Company’s effectiveness in implementing the business contingency planning.

KPO has a robust 3-level Emergency Response system in place required to undertake prompt actions in case of any incident, accident or emergency situation, and to assess their scale, work out solutions for their containment and control. Description of levels of response is presented below.

KPO Emergency Response System

Every year, the system is tested with the various exercises as per the KPO’s Level I, II and III Emergency Response Training and Exercise Plan.  In addition to regular onsite emergency response drills, there were four larger scale exercises conducted in 2018 with the involvement of different level of emergency response organisation.

In the year, weekly table top exercises with the Incident Management Teams were held both in the Field and Aksai, where various emergency scenarios were discussed.

Monthly theoretical sessions were conducted by Emergency Response Team specialists at KPO units: Unit-2, Unit-3, KPC, Gathering, Eco Centre and wells. Subjects of the sessions were selected based on the annual training session plan.

According to the annual Drill Schedule, theoretical sessions and practical drills have been performed on a weekly basis with engagement of the KPO Emergency Response System teams, including Fire Fighting Service, Gas Rescue Team, Voluntary Gas Rescue Team and medical staff.

Throughout the 2018, KPO continued training of staff on civil protection via an e-learning system, as required by the RoQ legislation.  The KPO management team and leaders of emergency rescue teams and units passed training on civil protection at the WQO Department of Emergency Situations and had refresher courses at the Emergency Situations Committee’s training centre under the RoQ Ministry of Internal Affairs. In addition, 36 members of emergency management teams have passed specialised training on major emergency management during the year. The list of emergency response activities is provided in detail in the table below.

Emergency response exercises conducted by KPO in 2018

Exercise type / name

ER Levels involved


Description of activities

KPO Unit Drills



126 Unit Drills were conducted during the year according to the Emergency Response Drill Plan and targeting response to scenarios identified in the Unit’s Emergency Response Plan

Practical drills for donning Escape and Evacuation Breathing apparatus

Unit’s personnel

February, March, April, May

Theoretical and practical training of escape sets donning procedure

Steppe fire extinguishing drill



Steppe fire extinguishing drill was held at well 347 aimed at practicing interaction of Fire Service personnel, Plough tractor drivers, ECC Operator, checking availability and condition of the grass fire-fighting equipment prior to the fire hazardous season.

Table Top exercises at Unit-2, KPC, Unit-3

II and III

April, June, September

Table Top exercises aimed at practicing interaction between Incident Control Team and Field Incident Management Team. Scenarios were selected from the Units’ Emergency Response Plans.

Casualty rescue from confined space Emergency Rescue Drills

I, Emergency Rescue Services

June, July, September

The drills were held at the well site and targeted at practicing emergency rescue operations from confined space, and interaction between Well Ops, Gathering, ECC Operator, Emergency Response Services, including Voluntary Gas Rescue Team.

Special tactical training exercise ‘Oil Spill at the crossing of Ural river and KATS Pipeline’



Oil spills elimination in the waters of the Ural river, at the points of its crossing with Karachaganak-Atyrau pipeline by deployment of booms and equipment for oil gathering

Multilevel Integrated Exercise ‘TITAN’

I, II, III and Operator Companies


Simulation of Rig 249 blowout, loss of well control that leads to explosion. The exercise involved Crisis Management Teams of the Parent Operator companies, KPO Crisis Management Team, the Field and Aksai Incident Management Teams, Well Operations Incident Control Team, fire-fighting, gas-rescue and medical services. The aim was to exercise all teams’ response to a major incident in the field.

Table Top exercise ‘URANUS’

I and II


Table Top exercise simulating KATS export pipeline rupture, which mostly offered team members the opportunity to think their way through a series of problems, identifying issues and proposing solutions to them.

Table Top exercise ‘VENUS’

II and III


The scenario of this table top exercise postulated a series of, escalating terrorist incidents within the RoQ culminating in the need for KPO to commence planning for, and evacuating Expat staff within the company, at Aksai, Astana and Uralsk.

Emergency Management

With the view to maintain continued readiness of the public address stations in the settlements around the perimeter of the Karachaganak Field, KPO emergency response specialists were running monthly test of the alarm signals throughout the 2018. Maintenance and technical services of diesel generators and infrastructure were conducted.

Furthermore, KPO specialists held a number of meetings with the officials of the rural districts located in vicinity of the Field and the KATS pipeline. Beyond that, KPO has regular engagement with the local authorities in the periods of high water, fire hazard and in winter. The details of engagement are given in the table.

KPO engagement on emergency response in 2018



Engaged community groups


Raise awareness of the emergency response system, roles and purposes of the village alarm stations and emergency actions to be taken in case of activation of the alarms

37 meetings with engagement of 214 people in total

Akims and employees of the Rural District Akimats, responsible persons and officials, residents


Operation of the village alarm stations, communication order and actions of residents upon alarm activation, including evacuation of the residents in case of an emergency in the Field.

6 training sessions with engagement of 64 people in total

Akims and employees of the Rural District Akimats, responsible persons and officials, community members, residents


Meetings with the officials of settlements located along the export pipeline Karachaganak — Bolshoi Chagan — Atyrau (KATS), about interaction procedure in case of an emergency on the KATS export pipeline.

10 meetings with engagement of 68 people in total

Akims and employees of the Rural District Akimats, responsible persons and officials