Since the start of its operations in Kazakhstan in 1993, Chevron has continuously invested in developing and training its local workforce to meet the increasing demands of Kazakhstan’s oil and gas industry. Together with its partner, Kazakhstan’s national oil and gas company KazMunayGas (KMG), numerous programmes have been developed to improve the capacity of local companies and specialists, including training, delivery of new technologies and assistance to purchase technologically advanced equipment and software programmes.
As part of the technology development programme, in 2014, a group of 13 specialists from KMG and its subsidiaries visited Chevron Energy Technology Centre (ETC) offices and its laboratories in Houston, Texas and Richmond, California. During the visit, they were introduced to ETC’s worldwide technology portfolio and engaged in discussions on developing organisational capability, technology delivery models, i-field (Integrated Field) Upstream Workflow Transformation, next-generation seismic, reservoir and well productivity technologies, as well as core analysis technologies and methodologies.
Chevron also sponsored KMG’s Scientific Research Institute of Production and Drilling Technology by purchasing “INTERSECT” next generation reservoir simulation software. This advanced technology allows research teams to simulate large, complex reservoirs and highly heterogeneous systems, including Tengiz and Karachaganak.
In 2015, 19 KMG operations specialists visited Chevron’s Mid-Continent Business unit in Midland, Texas, participating in intensive overview sessions on rod pump design and optimisation and visiting Chevron operated fields and local service companies that support its operations.
Frank Cassulo, EBU deputy managing director commented on the programme saying, “The Eurasia Business Unit is extremely pleased to partner with KMG and its experts to further enhance KMG’s technical capabilities.” He added, “Chevron believes this workforce development programme will enable KMG specialists to leverage Chevron’s experience to enhance their base business operations and develop expertise in production optimisation to increase oil recovery.”