Transneft Far East, which transports oil through Phase II of the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean oil trunk pipeline (ESPO-2), has summed up its operational results in 2019.
The Company completed the implementation of a number of large-scale investment projects. A standby leg of the oil trunk pipeline underwater crossing via the Amur River in Khabarovsk Territory, which is recognised as one of the longest in the Russian oil trunk pipeline system, was commissioned. The total length of the siphon (the underwater section) laid across the main river bed is 2,785 metres. In addition, there are 8 more siphons with a length of 110 to 622 metres laid across anabranches, lakes and oxbow lakes in the river floodplain. The total length of the OTPUWC is 34.5 kilometres.
An important event in 2019 became the commissioning of a pipeline offshoot with a capacity of 8 MTPA from the ESPO-2 pipeline to the Komsomolsk Refinery. Prior to this, crude had been delivered to the refinery by rail. The offshoot includes 294 km of the line and 3 oil pumping stations (OPSs): No.1 (Komsomolskaya), No.2 (Selgon) and No. 3 (Amurskaya). The initial oil pumping station (OPS No. 1) is equipped with four tanks with floating roofs.
In late November 2019, a significant event for the development of the oil industry took place – the capacity of the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean pipeline system was expanded. Three oil pumping stations were commissioned in the area of responsibility of Transneft Far East. The capacity of the ESPO-2 system reached the planned 50 MTPA. OPS No. 23 in Magdagachinsky District and OPS No. 26 in Seryshevsky District of Amur Region were launched, as well as OPS No. 32 in Smidovichsky District of Jewish Autonomous Region. OPS No. 27 in Amur Region was overhauled; OPS No. 34 in Khabarovsk Territory and OPS No. 41 in Primorye Territory were revamped.
In 2019, the Company celebrates the 10th anniversary of its operation. Transneft Far East was established on 30 July 2009 in order to monitor the construction and further operation of ESPO-2. Oil transportation via the pipeline began on 25 December 2012. An inauguration ceremony dedicated to the commissioning of ESPO-2 was held in Khabarovsk. The throughput capacity was 30 MTPA at the time.
In the 7 years, over 221 million tonnes of oil have been pumped through the ESPO-2 system. The Company receives oil from oilfields in Western and Eastern Siberia at OPS No. 21 in Skovorodino, Amur Region. Oil is delivered to the Khabarovsk (via a custody transfer point located in Galkino Village, Khabarovsk Territory) and Komsomolsk (via a pipeline offshoot of 293 km long) refineries and the Kozmino seaport (via a custody transfer point located in Nakhodka, Primorye Territory) to Asia and the Pacific markets.
Transneft Far East is a largest taxpayer in the Far Eastern Federal District. The Company places huge emphasis on social protection, healthcare, culture and sports development in the areas where its facilities are located. From the start of oil transportation via ESPO-2 up to now, the Company assisted more than 227 non-profit entities and local administrations on the territory of its operation, having allocated more than RUB 822 million for those purposes.
Transneft Far East is comprised of two regional oil pipeline directorates located in Belogorsk (Amur Region) and Dalnerechensk (Primorye Territory), 15 oil pumping stations, the Skovorodino and Birobidzhan line maintenance sections, three central maintenance divisions and two production service shops. By 2020, the Company’s headcount will have reached 3,000 persons.