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JAR Government expressed gratitude to Transneft Far East for assistance in fighting forest fires

Date of publication: 29 January 2018 Print

The Government of the Jewish Autonomous Region expressed gratitude to Transneft Far East for aid in combating forest fires.

Maxim Sirotkin, Deputy Prime Minister of the JAR Government, sent a letter of commendation to the company in which he highlighted the active role of Transneft Far East in forest protection from fires in 2017.

The JAR Government noted the company’s employees for high professionalism and commitment to their duties and expressed appreciation for “assistance and cooperation in elimination of emergencies that were caused by forest fires in 2017”.

The situation with forest fires aggravated in the Jewish Autonomous Region in October 2017, with daily outbreak of up to 6 fires in remote swamped areas. To maintain control over the situation, heads of the forest administration at the JAR Government requested support from Transneft Far East.

Starting from 31 October 2017, the company assisted to the JAR Forest Protection (a regional state-funded institution) forest fire control team in delivery of firefighting personnel, equipment and fire extinguishing agents to eliminate two large forest fires in the forest area in blocks 203 and 219 of the Birobidzhan District Forestry (a part of JAR’s Leninskoe Forestry). The area covered by fires exceeded 10,000 hectares. Joint efforts enabled to eliminate the fires by 3 November 2017.

A regime of emergency was declared in the Jewish Autonomous Region during the last year’s fire season due to a drastic rise in occurrence of forest fires. Transneft Far East experts enhanced the fire prevention regime at all oil pump stations (PS) and other engineering structures of the second phase of the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean oil trunk pipeline, classified as hazardous facilities, tested the automatic fire extinguishing systems, checked the operability of hydrants and tap valves, the readiness of fire engines, and enhanced aerial surveillance. The company established mobile teams which were ready to move out to eliminate the seats of fire at remote locations adjacent to the oil trunk pipeline and the site facilities, and permanently monitored the fire hazard in concert with professionals of the EMERCOM of Russia.