Effective from 1st January 2018, a new estimated Sanitary Protection Zone (SPZ) was established within the Karachaganak Field.
In 2020, it was intended to take inventory of forest stands within the Field and SPZ. However, due to the introduction of quarantine limitations the access to the Field was restricted. Therefore, the project had to be postponed to 2021-2022.
In 2020, as part of the KOGCF SPZ Enhancement Plan for 2018-2026, KPO commenced the phase 2 of the Project for the development and upgrading of the Estimated SPZ in the Karachaganak Field. In order to implement the Project, KPO identified a list of required documents (regulatory legal acts, technical regulations, guidelines, etc.) and analysed collected data and information. Due to the quarantine, completion of the project was postponed until 2021.
In 2020, KPO completed the relocation of three environmental monitoring stations (EMS) Nos. 6, 9, and 12. Despite COVID-19 quarantine restrictions imposed by WQO local state authorities within the Oblast and Burlin district, relocation of the three EMS’s was completed without an incident and ahead of schedule. Relocation of the remaining stations Nos. 5 and 15 was postponed to 2021. The SPZ map is shown in figure below.
Map of the Karachaganak Field with SPZ marked as of end 2020
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