The measures taken by Transneft Far East to ensure stable operation during the fire hazardous spring-summer period were highly appreciated by Khabarovsk Territory Governor Vyacheslav Shport at the extensive meeting of the territory’s government.
Evgeny Sukhushin, Deputy Director General for Construction of Transneft Far East, reported on preparation for the fire hazardous period, conducted at the facilities transporting crude oil over the second phase of the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean (ESPO-2) oil trunk pipeline.
Dry grass and woodland fire extinguishing crews have been formed at all ESPO-2 facilities in the Khabarovsk and Primorye territories as well as in the Jewish Autonomous and Amur regions, Mr. Sukhushin noted. The facilities are outfitted with all requisite equipment. The mobile formations are presently operating in the high alert regime.
Fire safety commissions have been formed in all units of the Company. Transneft Far East specialists are renewing firebreaks and ensuring artificial and natural water sources are accessible. Testing of external and internal water supply systems and automated firefighting systems is underway at oil pumping stations; firefighting equipment used for forest fire extinguishing is being revised.
Vyacheslav Shport, the Governor of Khabarovsk Territory, thanked Transneft Far East. “In the Territory, the Company works in a neat and civilized manner, respecting all deadlines and showing proper understanding of all processes occurring in the region,” he noted.
The fire situation along the entire route of the pipeline passing through woodland areas is monitored on a daily basis. Transneft Far East employees together with The Emergencies Ministry (EMERCOM) of Russia personnel are monitoring the weather conditions and ensuring oil pipeline safety from Mi-8 helicopters along the entire length of ESPO-2. If needed, the Company will also use its drones to detect fire sources.