Transneft Far East conducted an emergency response drill (ERD) in the area of the underwater crossing (OTPUWC) of the second phase of Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean oil trunk pipeline (ESPO-2) across the river Amur near Khabarovsk.
The main purpose of the ERD is training of coordination of actions between the enterprise’s subdivisions, responsible for the oil pipeline’s safe operation, and inspection of good condition of the equipment.
The drills are characterized with using sea multipurpose oil skimming and boom-laying boats for localization and elimination of a simulated oil spill to the river surface. They were produced by the enterprise’s order for using directly at the river Amur, which is characterized with high waves, deep water, width of many kilometers and bed variability in the area of the OTPUWC. Two floods a year are registered here.
According to the ERD legend, as the result of damage and depressurization of the oil pipeline laid along the river bottom, hydrocarbon crude in the amount of 20 cubic metres was spilled to the river surface. Training emergency mode was introduced.
The enterprise’s tactical response teams - employees of oil pump station No. 34, Khabarovsk central maintenance division (CMD), environmental analysis laboratory - started localization and elimination works. Specialists of Malyshevo and Vyatskoe navy bases of Transneft Far East , representatives of non-regular emergency rescue team and the Far Eastern subdivision of Svyaztransneft were involved. In total 62 persons participated in the ERD, 15 equipment units were used.
The participants of the training deployed a mobile booms order at the river surface and collected the “hydrocarbon crude” within the regulatory time limits using sea multipurpose boats. Leonid Stroganov, secretary of the committee for prevention and elimination of emergencies of Transneft Far East, noted well-coordinated actions of the subdivisions and high level of the personnel’s training.
According to Leonid Tuboltsev, Head of the Environmental Safety and Rational Nature Management Division of Transneft Far East, regular training provides a possibility to strengthen protection of rivers’ water areas. “It increases reliability and environmental safety of the oil pipeline, which is secured by breakthrough technology solutions used at the stage of ESPO-2 pipeline system construction,” - he said.
The second phase of Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean oil trunk pipeline crosses 41 water obstacles, more than 500 small rivers and streams. 19 OTPUWC are constructed along the ESPO-2 route. Transneft Far East pays much attention to environment protection issues. The Government of Khabarovsk Territory twice issued the award “Ecological Leader of the Region” to Transneft Far East. As of 2016 Transneft Far East has become the best enterprise among Transneft entities in the “Environmental Leader” and “Industrial Safety and Production Control” categories.