Kazakhstan: KMG associated petroleum gas disposal has reached historical maximum

NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — The level of disposal of associated petroleum gas (APG) in Kazakhstan’s national oil and gas company KazMunayGas (KMG) reached 93% in 2018. This is the highest figure in the history of the company, KMG said in a press release. The data is provided in KMG’s 2018 Sustainable Development Report, which provides information on KMG’s activities in the social, economic and environmental areas.

According to the Report, the rate of gas flaring is 6 tons per 1,000 tons of hydrocarbons produced, which is almost 50% lower than the global average of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (the average is 12.1). The result has become possible thanks to the installation of an integrated gas processing plant at the Prorva group of fields. The volume of direct greenhouse gas emissions from the flare in connection with the launch of the Prorva field plant decreased by 80% and amounted to 41.5 thousand tons (211.6 thousand tons in 2017). By 2030, the group plans to completely stop the practice of regular APG flaring.

Every year the company builds new disposal facilities, reconstructs the existing production facilities, and invests in the construction of pipelines and infrastructure. For example, the integrated gas processing plant commissioned at the Kozhasay field in the Aktobe Province will reduce gas flaring from 173 million m3 to 50 million m3.

In addition, the company allocates the necessary resources for environmental protection, in particular environmental costs, including the payment of taxes for regulatory emissions, environmental protection action costs, insurance, compensatory measures for environmental protection, and investments in the prevention of environmental impact, KMG said.

Sergey Kwan