Tengizchevroil Suspends Some Work Because of COVID-19

The Future Growth Project will not be affected, the company says

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The Tengizchevroil Company temporarily stopped some types of work at the Tengiz oil field due to COVID-19. This measure will stay in place until the epidemiological situation starts to improve, the Interfax news agency reports.

According to the latest data, 73 Tengizchevroil employees were infected with new coronavirus, as well as 1194 personnel of the company’s contractors.

“We just suspended some work at the oil field. Actually, these are very small projects that do not have any impact on the production cycle. The Future Growth Project has been implemented by 77%; for now, only very critical projects are under operation,” Tengizchevroil said.

As of June 15, 2020, there were 41065 COVID-19 cases reported in Kazakhstan with 13558 recovered and 188 dead. In the Atyrau region (where the Tengiz oil field is located), the number of infected is 4133 with six dead.

Earlier on June 15, Tengizchevroil had made personnel rotation for the first time since the beginning of the state of emergency in March. During that period of time, 1200 workers became infected.

Since then Tengizchevroil has downsized the number of personnel on the site to 13700 people including the company’s own staff as well as its contractors’ employees. Because work on the Future Growth Project was suspended, about 26000 workers in total were evacuated from the site. 

The first case of coronavirus on the Tengizchevroil oil field was reported on April 8. In the middle of that month, the company decided to suspend some work and slowdown its activity on increasing oil output.



Apple Pay Starts to Work in Uzbekistan

Now the popular application is available for Uzbek users

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According to the GSAdigital Telegram channel, popular Apple Pay payment service is now available in Uzbekistan through terminals of the Humo local payment system. 

As Shukhrat Kurbanov, director of the National Interbank Processing Center (Humo payment system emitter) told Kursiv in an interview, the service will be available only for cards that were issued in the countries where Apply Pay already works. There is no opportunity to connect Uzbek cards to the international payment system right now because Apple has not included Uzbekistan in the list of states where an application is officially supported.

“We have talked to Apple and the company responded that it doesn't plan to work in Uzbekistan in 2020, but they were interested in our offer. We will keep in touch with Apple to facilitate service entry to the local market. The situation is the same with both Google Pay and Samsung Pay. The market is ready. All infrastructure needed is available and for foreign partners, this is a key point,” – Shukhrat Kurbanov said.

The Apple Pay payment system allows consumers to make payments using their iPhones via special terminals in the shops. Until recently in the Central Asian region, Apple Pay was available only in Kazakhstan.