Transneft Far East ensures steady operation of ESPO-2 facilities in complicated forest fire situation

Date of publication: 28 April 2018 Print

Transneft Far East, which transports oil via phase II of the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean (ESPO-2) oil trunk pipeline is ensuring steady operation of its facilities in a complicated forest fire situation.

As reported by the Forestry Department in the Far East Federal District (FEFD), since the start of the fire season the FEFD has alreafdy seen 704 natural fires that covered more than 486,200 hectares. The most challenging situation has emerged along the route of the ESPO-2. An emergency situation has been declared in Amur Region, and a special fire prevention regime has been declared in Primorye Territory and Jewish Autonomous Region.

Groups have been formed to extinguish grassland and forest fires at all the oil trunk pipeline facilities in the Primorye, Khabarovsk and Amur regions as well as in Jewish Autonomous Region. They have all the required vehicles and equipment at their disposal. Mobile teams are standing by on high alert.

Transneft Far East specialists have well in advance renovated fire lines and ensured free access to artificial and natural water sources. Unscheduled inspections of internal and external water supply and automatic fire-extinguishing systems were carried out at oil pumping stations. An inspection of firefighting appliances used for extinguishing forest fires was also completed. Transneft Far East’s facilities have enough staff and are sufficiently outfitted with specialty vehicles, as required by regulatory documents.

The onsite facilities and the line portion of the oil trunk pipeline are not endangered. The Company’s employees are monitoring weather conditions and the oil pipeline’s safety along the route of the ESPO-2 in cooperation with professionals of the EMERCOM (The Emergencies Ministry) of Russia using helicopters.