Kazakhstan: Agip KCO (part of Eni) uses drinking water for its operations, dumps contaminated water in Atyrau sewage system, says local journalist

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Company response
6 December 2012

Response by Eni: Agip KCO (part of Eni) accused of using drinking water for its operations, dumping contaminated water in Atyrau sewage system.

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Article
20 June 2012

[DOC] [North Caspian Operating Company response regarding alleged water contamination by Bolashak facility]

Author: North Caspian Operating Company (NCOC)

[Summary translation of the original Russian language response provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre] Since January 2012 Agip KCO, an NCOC agent company, has arrangements in place for removal of the conditionally clean water from Bolashak OPF Utilities Area. This water originates from commissioning, start-up and operation of units. These processes do not produce any hazardous waste water. This water do not contain toxic substances, such as methanol or mercaptan. Transportation and disposal of water is maintained by a licensed company which is responsible for waste water treatment. Every vehicle leaving Bolashak OPF Utilities Area for the water transportation has a supporting document and is registered at a dedicated checkpoint. NCOC receives information about the volumes of transferred water from the monthly environmental reports.

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Company response
13 June 2012

Response by AGIP (part of Eni): Agip (part of Eni) accused of using drinking water for its operations, dumping contaminated water in Atyrau sewage system.

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Company response
13 June 2012

Response by North Caspian Operating Company (NCOC): NCOC accused of using drinking water for its operations, dumping contaminated water in Atyrau sewage system.

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Article
12 June 2012

[Eni response regarding alleged water contamination and environmental harm by Agip KCO operations in Kazakhstan

Author: Eni

Since January 2012 Agip KCO has arrangements in place for removal of the conditionally clean water from Bolashak OPF Utilities Area. This water originates from commissioning, start-up and operation of units. These processes do not produce any hazardous waste water. This water, because of the process nature, do not contain toxic substances to create concern. Transportation and disposal of water is maintained by a licensed company...In line with the RoK laws, the responsibility for compliance with regulatory requirements in performance of these activities is exclusively responsibility of the licensed company. Agip KCO carry out regular internal HSE inspections...[E]very vehicle leaving our area of competence for the water transportation has a supporting document, i.e. a Transportation Note, and is registered at a dedicated checkpoint. Volumes of transferred water are provided to the Operator as part of the monthly environmental reports.

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Article
31 May 2012

Secret dumping [Kazakhstan]

Author: Artur Shakhnazaryan, Respublika Newspaper

[Title translation and summary translation of the original Russian language article provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre]
Since August 2011 Agip KCO has been conducting hydro testing as part of its North Caspian project on industrial development of the Kashagan field. This includes testing and washing of pipes at the gas processing plant "Bolashak" in Karabatan. Every day 300 to 600 cubic metres of drinking water are used for the testing which constitutes almost one third of the daily drinking water consumed by the 220,000 residents of Atyrau city. Residents of Makatskyj district are already experiencing a critical shortage of drinking water. However, Agip KCO does not have a permit to use drinking water. According to Kazakh law, oil companies should use service (industrial) water because, during hydro testing, a lot of toxic chemicals are added to it. According to our source, the company had been dumping toxic water in local salt steppe lakes at night for five months. This directly threatens the health and lives of Atyrau residents. Having already dumped 120 thousand tonnes of contaminated water in the lakes, the company later began to dump the contaminated water in the city’s sewage system during the daytime. We sent an enquiry to the company regarding these issues, including a number of specific questions related to the hydro testing and toxic water dumping, but did not receive a response. [The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Eni and North Capsian Operating Company (joint venture ConocoPhillips, Eni, ExxonMobil, INPEX, KazMunaiGaz, Shell & Total] to respond. The companies' responses are below.]

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