Alik Aidarbayev: KazMunayGas is Mindful of its Obligations
On 22 July 2020, Alik Aidarbayev, Chairman of the Management Board of JSC NC “KazMunayGas” (KMG), made a working visit to Atyrau Region. During the meeting with Makhambet Dosmukhambetov, Akim of the region, the KMG CEO discussed the epidemiological situation at the KMG enterprises based in the region as well as the sponsorship support provided to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our subsidiaries in the region actively cooperate with the akimat and give significant funds to support the population and healthcare facilities. For example, Embamunaigas has allocated 300 million tenge. These funds have been used to purchase medical equipment and medicines required for the region's population as well as foods, consumer electronics, hygiene products, and personal protective equipment for quarantine hospitals. We believe that everyone has a duty to render every possible assistance in these times that are challenging for all of us,” A. Aidarbayev said.
Additionally, the KMG CEO held a teleconference with the heads of subsidiaries in the region to discuss daily operations, implementation of the anti-crisis strategy, fight against the pandemic, and strict adherence to the sanitary and epidemiological rules. Alik Aidarbayev expressed his condolences to the families and next of kin of the employees who died of the coronavirus disease and pneumonia, and wished quick recovery to the colleagues who got sick.
The Chairman of the KMG Management Board also visited the Atyrau Refinery, where he had a look at the progress of the scheduled repair and inspected the building of a new healthcare centre set up as a public private partnership based on the Atyrau Refinery health post. The healthcare centre is provided with modern medical equipment, so the employees will receive quality medical care right at the refinery premises. It should be noted that the centre has an isolation zone where the employees will be delivered directly after they show COVID-19 symptoms.
Aidarbayev drew the attention of the refinery management to the complaints of Atyrau residents.
“The city residents have repeatedly raised grievances against unpleasant odour coming from the evaporation fields in the left-bank part of the city, which is known as Tukhlaya Balka. We are aware of this problem. But let us speak frankly. Waste water is discharged to Tukhlaya Balka from two sources: the city and the Atyrau Refinery. However, for several decades, the majority of contaminations have been due to the city sewage drains that undergo no treatment, while the refinery installed mechanical and biological treatment facilities which meet all necessary standards and specifications a long time ago. Moreover, they are upgraded on a regular basis. The city, on the other hand, is only now building sewage treatment facilities. As a socially responsible company, we will certainly be engaged in the reclamation of this field and take utmost care of the region's environment and population. However, people should understand how today's problem has come to exist. In this regard, I believe we should cooperate more closely with the region's public activists and regularly explain the processes that take place at the refinery,” instructed the KMG CEO.
In his turn, Sh. Danbai, General Director of LLP Atyrau Refinery, spoke about the progress of the Tazalyq project. According to him, the design and survey work for the reconstruction of the mechanical treatment facilities has been 90% completed, and an engineering survey for the upgrade of the biological treatment facilities has been performed. The design and survey work under the evaporation field reclamation project has been 60% completed.
Another facility visited by the KMG management was the construction site of the Integrated Gas Chemical Complex KPI. The project progress is currently 73.5%. Concrete works are being performed, and underground and above-ground pipelines, metal structures, sandwich panels, water storage tanks, etc. are being assembled at the facility. The construction progress is from 51% to 97% for different facilities. The manufacture of pipe spools and assembly of industrial pipelines show the least progress. This has to do with the quarantine, due to which some employees had to shift to remote working. Some foreign specialists engaged in the most complicated works and assembly of special equipment were also unable to come to the country because of the ban on flights.
The integrated gas chemical complex project was placed under management of KMG in June 2018. Since then, the construction has entered its active phase. The complex will allow producing up to 500 thousand tonnes of polypropylene annually.