Transneft Far East has begun testing the systems and equipment for the production infrastructure of the pipeline offshoot that connects Komsomolsk Refinery to the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean (ESPO) pipeline system.
The ongoing work in Khabarovsk Region was preceded by filling the offshoot facilities with crude oil for 20 days, without interruption, from early April 2018.
The 1st stage saw the filling of the line portion with crude oil from phase II of the operational Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean pipeline system linked to oil pumping station No.1 (PS No. 1) as well as its process pipelines and the tank farm. The 2nd stage saw the filling of more than 186 kilometres of the line portion with crude oil at sections from PS No.1 to PS No.3, including oil trunk pipeline underwater crossings at the Alkan, Khevchen, Selgon, and Kharpi rivers, and process pipelines at PS No.2 and 3. The final stage included filling the final section of the more than 100 km-long line portion with crude oil.
The work, performed around the clock, engaged 112 persons and 51 pieces of equipment. About 65,500 tons of crude oil were used to fill the entire ESPO-Komsomolsk Refinery facility.
The offshoot includes a line portion with 14 linear and 6 onshore stop valve units, and 3 oil pumping stations in Amursky District: No.1 Komsomolskaya, No.2 Selgon, and No.3 Amurskaya. The initial pumping station (IPS No.1) encompasses four floating roof tanks, with a total capacity of 80,000 m3.
The systems and equipment testing ensures that the offshoot production infrastructure is fully ready for crude oil transportation to the refinery.
The offshoot to Komsomolsk Refinery was built using the latest achievements in oil pipe design, construction and operation in line with both best manufacturing practices and environmental safety requirements. The facility is unique in its high level reliability and minimal environmental impact. The pipeline offshoot runs through the Amursky, Komsomolsky and Solnechny districts of Khabarovsk Region. The route length is 294 km with the pipeline diameter of 530 mm, and its capacity will be 8 MTPA.