Testing and precomissioning works started at Kashagan oil field in the Kazakh sector of the Caspian sea, Sputnik Kazakhstan reported with the reference to the project operator North Caspian Operating Co (NCOC).
According to NCOC, hydrocarbons are being supplied to some facilities including new pipelines as a part of complex process of commissioning and testing of the field.
The consortium stressed that safety of personnel and the environment is its priority.
Official start of oil production at Kashagan oil and gas field is expected at October 23, according to Bozumbayev.
Kashagan is a large oil and gas field in Kazakhstan, located in the north of the Caspian Sea.
The geological reserves of Kashagan are estimated at 4.8 billion tons of oil. The total oil reserves amount to 38 billion barrels; some 10 billion out of them are recoverable reserves. There are large natural gas reserves at the Kashagan field - over one trillion cubic meters. The production at the Kashagan field started in September 2013, but in October, it was suspended after a gas leak in one of the main pipelines.