In Kazakhstan, the start-up of production of the Kashagan field, in which TOTAL holds an interest of 16.81%, occurred on September 11, 2013. Following the detection of a gas leak from the export pipeline, production was stopped on September 24, 2013. Production was resumed but then stopped again shortly thereafter following the detection of another leak. Pressure tests were performed in a fully controlled environment revealing some other potential leaks / cracks. The production of the field was stopped and a thorough investigation was launched.
After the identification of a significant number of anomalies in the oil and gas export lines, it was decided to replace both pipelines.
The remedial work will be conducted according to best international oil and gas field practices and strict HSE requirements in order to address, mitigate and remedy all problems prior to the restart of production.
On December 13, 2014, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the coventurers of the consortium settled the disputes raised over the last several years concerning a number of operational, financial and environmental matters. This settlement agreement definitively closed these proceedings without a significant impact on the Group’s financial situation or consolidated results.