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Biodiversity Conservation
KMG understands the importance of preserving biological diversity in the areas of production activities.

Within its environmental policy, the company undertakes:

- not to carry out activities in specially protected natural areas that are of particular value as a habitat for rare, endangered and high value species of animals; to conduct risk assessment when operating in environmentally sensitive areas.

- when planning and implementing production activities, apply a hierarchy of measures to mitigate the impact on biodiversity, taking into account four key actions: prevention, minimization, restoration and compensation of potential significant direct impacts.

- participate in research programs and industry partnerships to further accumulate knowledge and develop innovative solutions in the field of environmental protection and biodiversity protection.

- prevent illegal hunting, fishing and other use of flora and fauna by its employees, as well as employees of contractors and subcontractors in the contract areas.

Location and extent of production activities in relation to key biodiversity areas
Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA)
Location in Relation to KBA
Contract Territory (sq. km)
Karakiya District Mangistau region
Kenderli-Kayasan Nature Conservation Area and Ustyurt Nature Reserve
Located in the nature conservation area and near the reserve
South-east of Mangistau region
Kenderli-Kayasan Nature Conservation Area and Ustyurt Nature Reserve
Located next to a reserve
10 396,9
Mugalzhar District of Aktobe Region
Kokzhide-Kumzhargan Local State Nature Reserve
Covers part of the territory
and Kozhasay
Mugalzhar District of Aktobe Region
Kokzhide Sands Kokzhide underground water
Located in close proximity
Kazakhstan Sector of the Caspian Sea, Atyrau District
Special environmentally sensitive zone of Kazakhstan Sector of the Caspian Sea, Novinsky nature reserve
Located in the nature conservation area and covers part of the territory
Central area of the KSCS, north Mangistau region
Special environmentally sensitive zone of Kazakhstan Sector of the Caspian Sea
Located in the nature conservation area

SDEs of KMG operating onshore constantly monitor the flora and fauna. In the process of collecting data on the state of natural objects, the following studies are carried out:

  • floristic research;
  • observation of land mammals.
  • ornithological research;

Monitoring of the vegetation cover is carried out by the method of periodic description of phytocenoses, indicating the species composition, abundance, general and particular projective soil cover by plants, distribution of species, their phenological development and general condition. Of particular note are:

- rare, endemic, and relict plant species;

- the presence of species whose development is stimulated by economic activity;

- signs of transformation and degradation of vegetation cover.


KMG manages potential risks of negative impacts on biodiversity in emergencies and provides animal rescue measures in its Oil Spill Response Plans.

During operations at sea, we strictly adhere to the following principles:

* Strict observance of design decisions;

* The principle of "zero discharge" - all waste and sewage is taken ashore;

* Provision of all swimming facilities with fish protection devices and the absence of bilge waters;

* * Prohibition on conducting production operations during the spawning period - from April 1 to July 15;

* Ban on fishing from production vessels;

* Prohibition on testing wells and burning hydrocarbons at night;

* Compliance with the special mode of use.

KMG engages with different stakeholders and examines their expectations.

Examples of events

Embamunaigas JSC carried out work on the installation of bird protection devices on the insulators of the overhead transmission lines. KazTransOil JSC overhauled a 6 kW overhead line using self-supporting insulated wires (SSIW) at the facilities of Umirzak-SPN 112 km (30 km) and Zhetybay-SPN 112 km section 65-112 km (57 km)), which completely prevents the death of birds when landing on overhead power lines.

In order to preserve and replenish the biodiversity of the Caspian Sea, Zhenis Operating LLP together with the Atyrau Sturgeon Fish Hatchery released 166,210 sturgeon fry into the Ural River. The place, term, method, and method of stocking were carried out following the scientific recommendations of the Scientific Production Center for Fisheries of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Sea vessels are designed and built under the supervision of the Classification Society "Russian Maritime Register of Shipping", in accordance with the International Convention MARPOL-73/78 (International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships). Bunkering of ships with fuel is carried out using systems that exclude spills and leaks of fuel. Vessels are equipped with equipment that does not allow pollution of ship decks with oil products, and discharge of polluted wastewater into water bodies. Vessels are provided with kingston gratings to prevent the entry of fish.

Every year, as part of the implementation of the Environmental Action Plan, KMG SDEs carry out work on planting trees and shrubs on the territory and the sanitary protection zone.

Specially protected natural areas
  • The Novinsky State Reserve
  • North Caspian Preserved Area
  • Ustyurt Reserve
  • Kenderli-Kayasan State Reserve Zone
  • State Complex Nature Reserve Kokzhide – Kumzhargan

The Novinsky State Reserve with an area of 45.0 thousand hectares was founded in 1967 on the islands of the same name and a water area to protect wetlands in the eastern part of the Volga Delta on the border of Kazakhstan and Russia. Rare species of plants are protected in the reserve: water chestnut, hindu lotus, astrakhan campion, white water lily, as well as spicies of animal world: muskrat, river beaver, long-tailed hedgehog, 27 species of birds (pink and curly pelicans, flamingos, whooper swan, small white heron, yellow heron, spoonbill, white-eyed duck, etc.). Currently, the territory of the reserve is almost completely under water due to rising sea levels.

North Caspian water zone is unique in terms of the biological and commercial value of the ichthyofauna, especially the sturgeon species. The Northern and Middle Caspian are one of the most valuable areas and nodal points of the annual migration of millions of waterfowl and near-water birds, and places of winter bedding and breeding of seals. At the end of the 70s, for the conservation and reproduction of fish stocks of the Caspian Sea, the Northern Caspian protected area was approved and organized.
The impact of production on biodiversity is associated with exploration works and includes noise, vibration, traffic, land relief transformation, and taking the area of the possible habitat of animals.
To reduce the impact on biodiversity, environmental monitoring is mandatory in accordance with programs approved by the authorized body in the field of environmental protection.

Ustyurt Reserve is included in the List of subsoil areas of special ecological, scientific, and cultural value, classified as specially protected natural areas of republican significance. Kendirli Spring is included in the list of hydrogeological objects of the state natural reserve fund of republican and international significance. The Ustyurt Reserve includes unique geological, paleontological, and archaeological sites, it is a key habitat for a number of species listed in the Red Books of various levels (goitered gazelle, urial, caracal, saker falcon, golden eagle, eagle owl, jack, etc.). In addition, this area is to be given the status of a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. In accordance with the environmental legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, status of State Nature Reserve allows the introduction of reserve status with complete prohibition of economic activity.

Near the Ustyurt Reserve, there is the Kenderli-Kayasan State Reserve Zone, on the territory of which geological study and exploration of minerals are allowed taking into account special environmental requirements established by the Environmental Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

There are two objects of natural reserved fund of the republican significance on the territory of the reserve Kokzhide-Kumzhargan: Kokzhide sands and Kokzhide groundwaters. The Kokzhide sands are a geological object of republican significance, which is of special ecological and scientific value. The sands are the reservoir of a unique underground water deposit;
The groundwater of the Kokzhide deposit is a hydrogeological object of special ecological and scientific value, as the largest groundwater deposit in Western Kazakhstan and unique in terms of the quality of drinking water