A huge debottlenecking programme aimed at increasing capacity and output at the giant Tengiz oilfield in Kazakhstan remains on track despite the Covid-19-related obstacles and poor market conditions.

Nikolay Gorban, executive director of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium that is carrying out the work, was quoted by Kazakh industry website KazService as confirming that, while the coronavirus pandemic had prompted the operator to “introduce some adjustments” to the schedule, construction works are set to be completed before the end of 2022, as originally planned.