Limited Liability Company «Transneft Far East» is one of the youngest entities in the Public Joint Stock Company «Transneft» (before June 30, 2016 - Oil Transporting Joint-Stock Company Transneft). An investor in construction of the second phase of the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean oil pipeline system and its operator, the company was founded in August 2009 and literally re-energized the territories of the Far East.
Construction of the ESPO-2 oil trunk pipeline started on January 13, 2010. A milestone event took place on that day: welding of the first joint on the 3,806 km of the ESPO line near the In railway station of the Jewish Autonomous Region.
At present, the ESPO-2 is a huge system of the oil pipeline with the total length of 2,047 km. Passing along Skovorodino – Khabarovsk – Vrangel, the ESPO-2 makes it possible to implement strategic plans of developing the fuel and energy sector of the Russian Federation – oil transportation to the countries of the Asian and Pacific region. However, not all the raw materials are exported. The oil pipeline to the Khabarovsk oil refinery continues to be built. It is scheduled to be completed in 2014. The ESPO – Khabarovsk Refinery oil pipeline can pump up to 6 million tons of oil annually.
At present Limited Liability Company «Transneft – Far East» controls 2 047 km of the ESPO-2, two district oil pipeline departments in Belogorsk and Dalnerechensk, eight oil pumping stations, line operational sites Skovorodino and Birobidzhan, three central repair services, two industrial maintenance facilities. The company employs about three thousand people.
Transneft Far East, LLC guarantees social stability where it operates. The Company holds target trainings for local inhabitants employing afterwards 100% of those who successfully completed training courses. The Company ensures employment of many contractors, discharges its obligations in timely manner and in full scope to regional and local budgets.
Environmental care is one of priorities of operations of Transneft Far East, LLC. The Company has an approach marked by maximum responsibility to ensuring environmental safety in places where the oil pipeline is installed by using advanced equipment and technologies only. Limited Liability Company «Transneft Far East» is strictly compliant with environmental protection regulations, organizes obligatory licensing, environmental expert evaluation and certification.
Implemented pipeline projects:
- Operation of the second phase of the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean oil pipeline system
The Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean pipeline system is an oil pipeline having no match around the world in terms of its length. The distance from the starting point (PEPS No. 1 Taishet) to the final one (oil receipt point SSOP Kozmino) totals 4,756 km. Therefore, the ESPO pipeline beat the record of the Guinness Book – North American oil pipeline Edmonton – Chicago – Montreal with a length of 3,787.2 km.
The Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean (ESPO) pipeline system was built to transport oil to the Russian Far East and markets of the Asia Pacific Region. The system is technologically connected to the existing trunk pipelines of Transneft, JSC, and incorporated in the single network ensuring operational distribution of oil flows across the territory of Russia westwards and eastwards.
The ESPO PS project was implemented in two phases. An oil trunk pipeline with the total length of 2,694 km, 7 oil pumping stations, an oil loading facility at the Skovorodino station, and the Kozmino specialized sea oil loading port were built at the first phase in the section of Taishet (Irkutsk Region) – Skovorodino (Amur Region).
Before construction of the second phase of the oil pipeline system, oil from Eastern Siberia fields was exported to the countries of the Asia Pacific Region by being transported via pipelines along half of the route only, as it was then shipped onto railway tank wagons. In order to minimize funds and time, the second phase of the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean oil pipeline started to be built in 2010.
Construction of the line section of the oil pipeline from the Skovorodino OPS (Amur Region) to Kozmino Special Sea Oil Port (Primorsky Territory), eight oil pumping stations with the total capacity of container fleets of 220 thousand cubic meters was completed under the ESPO-2 project.
The pipeline with the total length of 2,047 km passes across the territories of the Amur Region, the Jewish Autonomous Region, the Khabarovsk Territory, and the Primorsky Territory. The second phase was built at a record pace: up to 9 kilometers of welded sections of the pipeline a day. About 50% of the route went through flooded territories that could be laid in winter only.
Furthermore, OPS external power supply facilities (total length of lines: 471.8 km), fiber optic communication systems (2,232.8 km), operation and housing facilities were built and PS-21 Skovorodino and Kozmino SSOP were extended in 2010–2012.
The new pipeline system was developed by using advanced solutions in engineering, construction, and operation of oil pipelines and is characterized by a high level of reliability and minimum environmental effect.
- Connection of the Khabarovsk Refinery to the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean PS.
In 2014, the Khabarovsk Refinery is planned to be connected to the pipeline system. Under the project, Alliance OC, JSC, builds an oil pipeline branch with a length of 28 km. According to the plan, up to six million tons of oil can be pumped in 2015 via the ESPO – Khabarovsk Refinery oil pipeline branch. The oil pipeline safety is achieved with the help of the micro tunneling technology implying installation of a pipe inside a pipe at the depth of 10 meters under the surface. The other section of the oil pipeline will be laid across the Khabarovsk District by using traditional technologies.
Key lines of business of TRANSNEFT – FAR EAST, LLC, include:
- operation and technical maintenance of oil pipeline transportation facilities;
- oil transportation via oil trunk pipelines;
- oil storage;
- organization of environmental and industrial safety of oil trunk pipelines;
- environmental protection and reasonable use of natural resources;
- overhaul and maintenance of equipment, buildings, and facilities, including social infrastructure facilities;
- performance of repair and emergency recovery works at oil pipeline transportation facilities;
- installation of equipment and start-up works at oil pipeline transportation facilities;
- participation in resolving problems of scientific and technological progress relating to pipeline transportation, introduction of new types of technologies, materials of high quality;
- interaction in oil transportation matters with oil extracting and oil transporting companies of the Russian Federation, foreign states, including under intergovernmental treaties;
investment activities pursuant to the RF laws.