Promoting long-term economic development in Kazakhstan

Bechtel and ENKA, through their joint venture company Senimdi Kurylys (SK), was awarded the the Third Generation Project (3GP-West) package at the Future Growth Project – Wellhead Pressure Management Project of Tengizchevroil LLP in May 2018. Construction of the mechanical, electrical and instrumentation works, pipe fabrication and module stacking, installation and hook-up are included within the scope of the project.

In addition to the 3GP scope, SK continues to support facility upgrades including increasing crude shipment capacity, diesel and fuel storage expansion, flare header upgrade and pipeline repairs.

aerial view of project site

Workforce development

Over the past three years working on the 3GP-West package, SK has employed more than 15,800 Kazakhstani nationals, making up more than 80% of the total workforce.

Kazakhstani nationals have occupied 60% of the supervisor and higher positions on the project.

SK’s work continues to support economic growth across the country by creating jobs, upskilling the local construction and supervision workforce and providing opportunities for local companies through the supply chain.

The overall success of the program relies heavily on the skills of generations of Kazakhstanis to deliver the facilities needed as part of the expansion project, both through direct employment to build the facility and through local subcontractors and suppliers.

To ensure the workforce has the required skills and to reinforce our safety culture, a Craft Skills Center and a Safety Hazard School were developed to provide practical training across key disciplines needed to safely perform the scope of work on the project.

Over the past three years, more than 100,000 hours of skills training has been completed by the craft professionals on the project and more than 19,000 hours of capability assessment have been performed to ensure the effectiveness of the training programs.

 Areas covered in the craft training program have included:

  • Pipefitting
  • Welding
  • Insulating
  • Driver operator
  • Steel erection
  • Flange management
  • Scaffolding
  • Rigging and lifting
  • Related skills such as coating, instrument installation, concrete works, and insulation heat tracing

Building local pipe fabrication capability

Building local pipe fabrication capability

SK performs pipe fabrication through its on-site facility to support the 3GP scope, including heavy wall spools, clad pipe fabrication, structural steel fabrication and plasma cutting. The facility also includes precast concrete and insulation workshops.

The facility is one of the largest in western Kazakhstan, and works in collaboration with other local facilities which has enabled a growth in local capability to perform pipe galvanizing and clamp bending.

two workers repair a device

Long term partnership

Bechtel’s relationship within Kazakhstan began in 1993 when we secured our first contract on the Tengiz oil field in a joint venture arrangement with ENKA.

We have had a continual presence on the project for almost 30 years to support the ongoing development, upgrade and operational efficiency of the oil field. This has included debottlenecking projects to increase oil production, Sour Gas Injection project, the Second Generation Plant Project, which was completed in 2008, and ongoing capacity and reliability upgrades to the facility through to the current work on the Third Generation Project (3GP) to further expand the facility.

In Kazakhstan, as in other countries worldwide, we will continue collaborating with communities and customers to build a stable, sustainable, and prosperous future in the regions where we work.

About Senimdi Kurylys (SK)

SK was established by Bechtel and ENKA in November 2000, as a 100% Kazakh-based company.

SK’s primary mission is to be recognized as the construction and engineering contractor of choice by all customers in Kazakhstan. The company’s areas of expertise include civil, structural, mechanical & piping, electrical and instrumentation, insulation, HVAC, and turnarounds.