Emergency response management

Emergency preparedness and response addresses how to identify possible emergencies and accidents, to prevent them from happening and to reduce the effect of emergencies on people and the environment.

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

The company’s emergency response system is validated through participating in various emergency drills and exercises in line with the Company’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 2019 with the involvement of emergency response groups of different level of responsibility. Also, table top exercises were held on weekly basis both in the Field and Aksai where the various emergency scenarios were discussed by Incident Management teams based on the requirements of Emergency Response Plan.

In addition, within 2019 in line with the 2019 approved annual schedule, Emergency Response team conducted monthly theoretical training sessions with the personnel of Emergency Control Centre at the KPO Emergency Coordination Centre. The training was attended by KPC, Unit-2, Unit-3, Eco Centre, Gathering and Well operations departments’ specialists. Throughout the year, 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 teams;
  • Voluntary Gas Rescue teams;
  • Medical staff

In 2019, KPO continued with 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 2019

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

Field Emergency Rescue Services


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 Kushum river and KATS Pipeline’



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

Tactical special exercise ‘WADE’



The exercise scenario involved the blowout imitation from manifold at KPC during the preparation for the piston launch, which subsequently led to ignition and a gas cloud production, as well as numerous injured of KPO and contractor employees

Multilevel Integrated Exercise ‘FOUNTAIN’



The exercise simulated the rupture of 2-inch bypass line before the pressure control valve of injection well with gas blowout to the atmosphere under the 400 atmospheres

Community preparedness

KPO specialists held regular meetings with the officials of the rural districts located in the vicinity of sanitary and protection zone of the Field and along the Karachaganak — Atyrau (KATS) pipeline to provide clarifications on the importance of export pipeline KPC — Bolshoi Chagan — Atyrau, emergency response system, community interaction procedure in case of an emergency on the KATS export pipeline.

In 2019, 32 meetings were held in 28 settlements with engagement of 131 people.

In 2019, in accordance with the approved Emergency Response Drilling Plan, the evacuation exercise of the residents of settlements with engagement of 78 people was conducted. More than 10 meetings with the residents of settlements located along the perimeter of the field were held, attended by 103 people in total. Among the meeting’s topics there were issues on fire safety, danger of wild animals.

The activities undertaken helped to promote the awareness among all residents of settlement regarding the response to procedure in case of emergency at KOGCF.

Within the year, KPO Emergency Response specialists together with contractor company representatives have performed monthly testing of the alarm signals to maintain continued readiness of the public alarm stations located in the settlements around the perimeter of the Karachaganak Field.

In 2019, KPO has initiated and finalized a project to enhance the public alarm system in the villages of Priuralnyi, Zhanatalap, Zharsuat and Uspenovka by installing additional loud speakers in order to enable communication of verbal instructions to village residents.

The Company continues its close engagement with local authorities in the periods of high water, fire danger and winter periods. The details of engagement are given in the table.

KPO engagement on emergency response in 2019GRI 102-44



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

12 meetings with engagement of 103 people in total

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


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 78 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.

28 meetings with engagement of 131 people in total

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