NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Oil and gas companies, which are operating in Kazakhstan, have allocated more than nine billion tenge (around $21.3 milllion) to help the country fight COVID-19, Kazakhstan’s Energy Ministry said on August 3.

Despite the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the oil and gas industry, production companies remain the country’s largest taxpayers. For example, 2.5 billion tenge was spent on aid to health authorities by the NCOC consortium (North Caspian Operating Company), which is developing the world’s largest Kashagan field.

“The company provided multifunctional beds, defibrillators, ECG machines, an ultrasound machine, beds, various analyzers, monitors, a freezer for storing blood, thermal imagers and ventilators. Among other things, NCOC invited a British doctor for consultations in the Atyrau region,” the ministry said.

According to energy ministry, Tengizchevroil LLP allocated about 3 billion tenge and conducted more than 47,000 PCR tests in Tengiz.

“In addition, the company purchased 46 oxygen concentrators, 2 PCR laboratories, an ambulance and two ambulances, and also organized 2 aircraft for the delivery of medicines,” the Kazakh Energy Ministry said.

The company also purchased medical equipment and protective equipment for healthcare institutions in the Atyrau region.

The central office of the national company KazMunayGas purchases 600 oxygen concentrators, which will be distributed across all regions of Kazakhstan.

Karachaganak Petroleum Operating BV (KPO) has completed overhaul of the city polyclinic No. 7 in Uralsk. Modern equipment for intensive care, including ventilators and PPE, was transferred to the Central District Hospital of the city of Aksai. In the near future, KPO plans to donate thermal imagers, equipment and test systems for PCR analyzes, rapid test kits, bedside monitors, ECGs, syringe pumps, laboratory analyzers and other anti-infection controls, as well as two ambulances.

Italian energy major ENI, through its unit ArmWind, donated 400,000 medical masks to the Health Department of the Aktobe region.

US energy giant Chevron, together with ICAP, donated 70,000 respirators to medical institutions in Almaty. For 71.8 million tenge, the company purchased and installed several ventilators, and also invited COVID specialists from China. In July, Chevron hosted online seminars for healthcare professionals recruited into a new COVID-19 hospital. The company also helps labour migrants who cannot return to their homeland, doctors who are fighting the virus and low-income segments of the population.

“A group of foreign investors operating in Kazakhstan, including Shell Kazakhstan, ENI, INPEX North Caspian Sea, France’s Total, Russia’s LUKOIL, Cameco Kazakhstan, Air Liquide, Takeda, Freeport-McMoRan, Rio Tinto, as well as the Representative Office of the Association Kazakhstan Council of Foreign Investors purchased and donated to the Multidisciplinary Medical Center (MPMC) in Nur-Sultan modern equipment for intensive care, as well as individual protection in order to facilitate the treatment of patients with coronavirus infection COVID-19. The total cost of the equipment was more than 200 million tenge,” the energy ministry said.

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