TCO Forum for FGP-WPMP Craft Skills Assessment and Training

On June 1st Tengizchevroil LLP held a forum in their Atyrau Headquarters for the Future Growth Project and Wellhead Pressure Management Project.

The Future Growth Project and Wellhead Pressure Management Project (FGP-WPMP) are being constructed simultaneously to realize significant efficiencies and cost savings. 

The FGP, based on TCO’s highly-successful Sour Gas Injection-Second Generation Project (SGI-SGP) expansion project, will expand production by approximately 12 million tonnes per year (260,000 barrels per day); the WPMP will keep the existing Tengiz plants full by lowering the flowing wellhead pressures and boosting the pressure to the six existing processing trains. 

The main FGP-WPMP equipment will be fabricated in Kazakhstan, South Korea and Italy and pre-assembled into modules for transportation to Tengiz and final assembly. 

The forum agenda consisted of:
• Overview and progress of TCO FGP-WPMP;
• FGP-WPMP Craft Skills Assessment and Training Process;
• FGP-WPMP Craft Skills Assessment and Training Requirements;
• FGP-WPMP Pre-Qualification Process; and
• Round Table Interactive Session.

Presently there are over 900 Kazakhstani companies that have completed the pre-qualification process, while over 1800 Kazakhstani companies are supposed to be on the job once the project gets on its way. 

The current figures for local content are at an average of 30%, with TCO aiming to increase the level to 58% when the project gets on it ways. 

The massive scale of the projects will create jobs for over 20,000 Kazakhstani employees, with the need for Educational Centres also being very high to successfully transfer skills to Kazakhstani workers, and create a more skilled Kazakhstani workforce. 

The FGP-WPMP Deputy Project Director Aidar Dosbayev and Senior Project Manager Jorge Calvo spoke about the need to train skilled local labour, not only for the future of the company but also for the future of Country. 

The forum then proceeded with a description of the project’s pre-qualification systems, and a detailed overview of the most common mistakes made by the suppliers during the process of pre-qualification.

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