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Back To Vidyya Mysterious Heart Ailments And Sudden Death At Kazakhstan's Top Oil Firm

Health Probe Into The Company Has Been Launched

Deaths due to heart ailments among workers employed in Kazakhstan oil giant Tengizchevroil have prompted a health probe into the company. Tengizchevroil has denied any occupational health hazards are present at the company.

The head of the regional health authority, Khalel Sagin, reported that seven Tengizchevroil employees died due to heart problems from May to June at their work place in the Atyrau region of western Kazakhstan. Regional health authorities were now examining the oil giant's workers.

Tengizchevroil spokeswoman Maria Karazhigitova said: "The reports are not true." Three full-time Tengizchevroil employees and two contract workers had died of heart attacks since January 1999, she said, adding the deaths had been investigated and documented and no suspicious causes of death were uncovered.

"We have regular medical health evaluation programs. We have a very good pay structure, health program, quality housing and food for employees at the work location," Karazhigitova said.

Tengizchevroil taps the vast Tengiz oil field, which has estimated reserves of six to nine billion barrels, in western Kazakhstan, and is considered one of the most successful ventures in the resource-rich country.

The joint venture unites U.S. oil company Chevron, which has a 45% stake, Exxon Mobil with a 25% share, LUKARCO with a 5% share, and Kazakhoil state with a 25% share.

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