It is planned to start Kashagan on October 23 - K. Bozumbayev
Official start of the field Kashagan will take place on October 23, the acting as the Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan Kanat Bozumbayev said.
"Nothing changes, official start of the field Kashagan is planned at the end of October, the real, official start is on October 23," Bozumbayev told journalists after the enlarged meeting of the government.
He has found it difficult to tell when commercial production on the field begins, Novosti Kazakhstan reports .
"Under the agreement, commercial production is 75,000 barrels a day. I think it is the end of October — the beginning of November," he added.
Production on Kashagan has been stopped in September, 2013, in two weeks after the beginning, because of a gas leak. Almost right after renewal of production in October, 2013 other leak has been found. The analysis which was carried out within several months has revealed existence of the numerous microcracks in the pipeline which have appeared as a result of impact on metal of associated gas with the high content of sulfur. KazMunaiGas, the Italian Eni, the American ExxonMobil, the British-Netherlands Royal Dutch Shell, the French Total and the Japanese Inpex take part in the project.