During the tour, students looked around the station’s tank farm, the district control centre, the oil pumping station and the chemical analysis laboratory. The students learned that Omsk LODS was among the largest operating facilities of the Company. The station operates a tank farm with the total capacity of 450 thou m3. The tank farm is equipped with aluminium floating roofs to minimise environmental effects. They drastically reduce the evaporation area and cut noxious air emissions of oil and petroleum products vapours.
During their visit to the chemical analysis laboratory, the students learned about various types of oil surveys performed at the laboratory. The students also found out at which institutions they could obtain the necessary education to become a chemical analysis laboratory assistant.
At the district control centre the students observed how Omsk RPD performed round-the-clock automated monitoring of the condition of the line portion of the oil and petroleum products pipeline. The centre controls a multitude of crucial parameters, including oil pressure and condition of stop valves (gates). During the tour around the operating facility, the lyceum students learned how the Company carried out dedicated integrated measures that pursued reduction of power consumption during oil transportation. These included optimising oil and petroleum product transportation processes, upgrading electric motors of main pump units and replacement of cathodic protection stations with more efficient equipment.
The main objective of the tour was to promote the attitude of social commitment to environmental safety and care, sustainable use of natural and energy resources among the youth. Visits to large production enterprises was a programmed goal of the project, said Elena Nuriakhmetova, a co-author of the Ecopark project and a teacher at Lyceum No. 64 of Omsk. “We know that Transneft Western Siberia places emphasis on environmental culture in the regions where it is present and imposes high requirements for environmental safety of its operations. This is why we were interested to see an operating facility with our own eyes and understand the environmental features of the processes,” Elena Nuriakhmetova noted.
Leonid Ostapenko, a 9th grade student of Lyceum No. 64 and an attendee of the Ecopark school of project-oriented journalism, noted it was his first visit to an oil pumping station. “Our goal was to see how industrial enterprises care about nature. I’d be very glad to visit this place over and over again,” the student shared his own opinion.
The students’ tour to operating facilities is a crucial component in implementing the School – University – Enterprise programme meant to arouse the interest for technical professions among school students. This July, freshmen of the Oil and Gas Business, Standardisation and Metrology department from Omsk State Technical University will pay an introductory visit to Omsk LODS as part of their first summer internship.