Tengiz is an oil and gas field located in Atyrau province of Kazakhstan, 350km to the south-east of Atyrau. It relates to the shores of Caspian Sea of oil & gas province. The field was discovered in 1979.
Tengiz Oilfield Pioneers are: Zhldaskali Dosmukhambetov, Bulekbay Sagingaliyev, Bulat Yelamanov, Assabay Khismetov, Kumar Balzhanov, Valentin Avrov, Makhash Balgimbayev, Oryngazy Yeskaziyev who were prized with State Prize of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Tengiz oil & gas plant and field were commissioned on April 6, 1991 that laid the foundation of commercial production on this field.
In 1993 Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan established "Tengizchevroil" LLP jointly with "Chevron" Company for development of Tengiz oil flied. At present, there are already four partners: "NC KazMunaiGas" JSC (20%), "Chevron Overseas" (50%), "Exxon Mobil" (25%) and "LukArco" (5%).
Tengiz is the second largest oil field in Kazakhstan (after Kashagan field).
The recoverable resources of the field are estimated 750 million up to 1 billion 125 million tons of oil. Forecasted capacity of in-place reserves is 3 billion 133 million tons of oil. Produced gas reserves are estimated as 1.8 trillion m³.
Kulsary village is the Central Production Complex.
In 2001 oil from the Tengiz field is primarily routed to Novorossiysk through the Caspian Pipeline Consortium project, the first Kazakh brand of Tengiz oil has been emerged since that moment. Starting from November, 2008 Kazakhstan for the first time began to export the Kazakh oil through Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, as well as proceeded with sending the small capacities of oil by train "Baku-Batumi" after August, 2008.