Transneft Far East transporting oil through Phase II of the East Siberia – Pacific Ocean oil trunk pipeline (ESPO-2), has successfully completed comprehensive testing of the pipeline at its maximum capacity under the project on increasing the throughput up to 50 million tonnes.
The comprehensive testing of process sections included their continuous operation for 72 hours in compliance with the necessary modes of oil transportation. It was carried out at the ESPO-2 sections from OPS No. 21 (Skovorodinsky District of Amur Region, the new OPS No. 23 was connected in Magdagachinsky District of Amur Region) to OPS No. 27 (Oktyabrsky District of Amur Region) and from OPS No. 27 to OPS No. 34 (Khabarovsky District of Khabarovsk Territory, the new OPS No. 26 in Seryshevsky District of Amur Region and OPS No. 32 in Smidovichsky District of Jewish Autonomous Region were connected).
The testing did not reveal any deviations at both process sections.
Currently, the capacity of the ESPO-2 pipeline is 45 million tonnes. The implementation of the project will ensure uninterrupted oil transportation for export through the Kozmino oil terminal in Primorye Territory, as well as to refineries in the Russian Federation (RN-Komsomolsk Refinery, IOGC-Khabarovsk Refinery).
OPS No. 23, 26 and 32, built as part of the project, are booster stations of the ESPO-2 pipeline. For each, a pump station with four pump units was built along with the operator’s premises, a firefighting pump station, fire water tanks and a wastewater biotreatment station.
The comprehensive testing was also conducted for OPS No. 27 in Oktyabrsky District of Amur Region, which was included in the project as a reconstructed station. The comprehensive testing was conducted at the existing OPS No. 34 in Khabarovsky District of Khabarovsk Territory and OPS No. 41 in Anuchinsky District of Primorye Territory.
All the facilities are to be commissioned in November 2019.
The capacity of the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean oil trunk pipeline is being increased in accordance with the order of the Government of the Russian Federation in two directions: expansion of Phase I of the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean pipeline system to 80 MTPA, as well as extension of Phase II of the ESPO system to 50 MTPA.
The length of the ESPO-2 pipeline (the section from Skovorodino oil pumping station No. 21 to the oil port of Kozmino (Primorye Territory)) is 2,047 km, its route runs across the territory of four Far East regions: Khabarovsk Territory, Primorye Territory, Jewish Autonomous Region and Amur Region.