Agip KCO international consortium, which drills appraisal wells in the Kazakh sector of the Caspian Sea, will build a gas-processing plant in Karabatan, 30 kilometres from Atyrau. “Documents are being prepared in Atyrau for the assignment of a land lot to Agip for building the gas-processing plant in Karabatan,” Interfax quoted the head of the foreign economic department of the Atyrau regional administration, Lyubov Yevstifeyeva, as saying.
A special commission of the Environment Ministry met the Agip KCO request for assigning the land lot in the middle of September. Land in the Karabatan zone is not used for farming or flooded by the Caspian Sea. There is a motorway and a railway nearby, in addition to the Central Asia – Centre and Tengiz -Novorossiisk pipelines that may export gas the consortium will start producing in 2005.
Yet local non-governmental organisations are strongly against the construction of the plant in Karabatan, Yevstifeyeva said.
They fear a negative impact on the environment and suggest building the plant 200 kilometres away from the regional centre of Atyrau.
Agip KCO made no comments on the choice of the land lot for the construction of the gas-processing plant, but said the consortium needed to gain approval from its partners under the production sharing agreement.
Agip KCO is made up of Eni (the operator), BP, ExxonMobil, Inpex, Phillips Petroleum, Shell and TotalFinaElf. The plant Agip KCO will build will annually process 2.9 billion cubic metres of casing-head gas, 2.1 billion cubic metres of inert gas, 900,000 tonnes of sulfur and liquid oil gas.