Emergency response drills have been held at Omsk and Novosibirsk Regional Oil Pipeline Directorates (RPDs).
The staff of Omsk RPD’s business units, including Omsk line operation dispatcher station (LODS), Moskalenki LODS, Omsk LODS, Tatarskaya LODS, Tatarskaya oil pumping station (OPS) and the central maintenance division, have practiced the Elimination of an Emergency at a Pipeline Facility response protocol. The employees’ readiness was tested at the underwater crossings of the Omsk – Irkutsk oil trunk pipeline and the Omsk – Sokur petroleum products trunk pipeline of the Om River.
Three scenarios were implemented as part of the ERD. Specialists of operational and maintenance divisions were to detect, contain and eliminate a simulated oil release onto the water surface. Personnel of the chief power engineering section restored the oil trunk pipeline's protective potential and repaired a failed cathodic protection station. The plant control systems section searched for faults in the pipeline’s telemetry system.
Omsk RPD’s staff involved in the ERD coped with all the assigned tasks, and the supervisory commission issued a positive opinion concerning the results of the drill. The employees demonstrated a high degree of interaction and applied their knowledge of technical rules and regulations in a correct, smooth, and rational way. Technical means available to the Company's divisions and departments in accordance with the oil spill elimination plan were also checked.
Overall, 75 employees of Omsk RPD’s business units participated in the ERD, with 18 vehicles and floating crafts involved. Special equipment was also used, including oil skimmers, oil collection tanks, flotation booms and sorbents. During the entire ERD, samples of air, soil and water were being taken at the site of the ‘emergency’ by an environmental analysis team.
A firefighting and tactical drill (F&TD) has taken place at Anzhero-Sudzhensk LODS of Novosibirsk RPD. The goal was to check the fire protection level at a major hazard operational facility. In addition, the emergency readiness of the forces and means of the Anzhero-Sudzhensk rescue brigade was assessed as part of the F&TD.
According to the scenario, an explosion of vapor and air mixture occurred inside a tank when oil was being pumped out of it. The roof of the oil tank was partially damaged, and the automatic fire extinguishing system went out of order. A risk of the three nearest tanks catching on fire arose. The operator stopped the tank farm’s technological processes as quickly as possible and turned on the irrigation system. Fire crews arrived at the site of the simulated fire and conducted a foam attack using the subsurface injection method. Forty minutes later the simulated emergency was eliminated. The management of the firefighting headquarters summed up the results of the F&TD, noting the consistency and the high degree of coordination of all the forces and means involved. A total of 68 people and 14 special equipment pieces took part in the F&TD.
Dmitry Khrychev, Acting Chief Engineer of Transneft Western Siberia, commented that such RDs and F&TDs served as a good practice of personnel’s actions in emergency situations. “The drills have demonstrated a high degree of employee readiness to eliminating emergencies in compliance with all industrial, environmental and fire safety standards, and, therefore, to facilitate safe operation of the Company's facilities,” he stressed.