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P&O Maritime Logistics completes project support for Tengiz oilfield development

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P&O Maritime Logistics has completed a 3-year long project supporting the development of the Tengiz field in Kazakhstan, one of the world’s six largest oilfields, an entire season ahead of schedule.

P&O Maritime Logistics completes project support for Tengiz oilfield development

In 2016, P&O Maritime Logistics entered a consortium with Blue Water Shipping to provide a unique class of vessel that meets the specific challenges of delivering oil production equipment through the Russian Inland Waterway System (RIWS) on behalf of its client, Tengizchevroil (TCO).

The project saw the bespoke design and construction of 20 Multi-Carrying Vessels (MCVs), responsible for transporting heavy oil and gas modules from transhipment hubs in the Black Sea and Finland, to Kazakhstan. All 20 vessels were constructed within a total of 20 months.

P&O Maritime Logistics ensured the safe transportation of the modules through the RIWS, known for its series of narrow locks and passages using specialised new MCVs, which are designed to navigate complex conditions safely and efficiently. The MCVs carried approximately 200 000 MT of cargo for the project through the RIWS in water passages only 3 m deep. Once moved to the Tengiz site in Northern Kazakhstan, the modules were assembled to form a new production facility, which serves to enhance oil production capacity as part of TCO’s “Future Growth Project.”

Overall, P&O Maritime Logistics MCVs were able to deliver the modules 40% faster than would have been the case if a conventional tug and barge operation were used – making the journey faster and more cost-effective for customers.

In total, 222 modules were transported to Kazakhstan over the 3-year course of the project and all module deliveries were completed one season ahead of the original delivery schedule, with the final delivery taking place in December 2020. Moreover, zero delays were experienced due to technical breakdown or navigational issues and no ELC incidents occurred.

Martin Helweg, CEO, P&O Maritime Logistics, said:

“The end of our work on the Tengiz oilfield project is a significant milestone for P&O Maritime Logistics as it demonstrates our ability to re-shape and push the boundaries of energy logistics, using innovation in a volatile global energy market. By understanding our customer’s specific needs, and by applying a craftsman-like approach in the construction of these unique MCVs, we have been able to implement solutions that led to measurable improvements in efficiency. Completion of the Tengiz oilfield project marks a new direction for P&O Maritime Logistics, as we continue to push boundaries and empower employees to better service clients in an ever-changing environment.”

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