Transneft Far East Starts Preparation of Operating Facilities of ESPO-2 for Spring Floods

Date of publication: 18 March 2020

Transneft Far East which transports oil through Phase II of the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean oil trunk pipeline (ESPO-2), has started preparing its operating facilities for the flood period.

The works are carried out within the framework of the industrial safety management system in place at the enterprise to ensure emergency-free operation of equipment.

The plans include seasonal maintenance of 328 stop valves, inspection of 390 instrumentation and automation manholes, including inspection manholes at road and railway crossings. There are also plans to survey and additionally reinforce more than 40 km of areas vulnerable to scouring, including route power line pylons, cable power supply lines, communication lines and facilities. The performance of the intelligent leakage detection system and line telemechanics systems at all underwater crossings will be further tested.

Specialists of Transneft Far East will perform the set of works at more than 2,300 km of the line and 15 oil pumping stations of ESPO-2 and the oil pipeline offshoot from the ESPO to the Komsomolsk Refinery. The tests are held in all the territories where the pipeline route runs: in Khabarovsk and Primorsky Territories, Amur and Jewish Autonomous Regions.

In order to ensure the safety of opertions during the flood period, emergency rescue units of the enterprise are kept on high alert. At all underwater crossings, checkpoints and observation points are organised, provided with the necessary equipment and materials; there are also plans for the departure of special operational teams, which will strengthen control over the condition of pipelines, communication lines on landslides, as well as over the technical condition of power lines and power supply facilities.

Transneft Far East Press Service