One of the largest crude oil fields discovered in the past 40 years goes into production.




Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan's giant strategic field–discovered in the Caspian Sea in 2000–is one of the most complex projects ever undertaken by the oil industry. Launched in 2004, its development under extreme conditions required the use of exceptional and unusual resources and the implementation of large-scale innovative solutions.

Total is a partner in the Kashagan project consortium under the North Caspian Sea Production Sharing Agreement (NCSPSA) and plays a leading part in the North Caspian Operating Company (NCOC). The difficulties encountered in this pioneer field have been overcome thanks to the strong commitment of the consortium’s six international member companies, the warm welcome given by the Republic of Kazakhstan to the project and the federating support of the national oil company, KazMunayGas. Its commissioning in September 2013 had to be suspended due to technical issues. 


Key figures

  • Average production (Phase 1) : 300,000 boe/d
  • Partners: Total 16.81%, Eni 16.81%, Shell 16.81%, ExxonMobil 16.81%, KazMunayGas 16.81%, CNPC 8.4% et Inpex 7.56%