Krasnoyarsk Regional Oil Pipeline Directorate (a branch of Transneft Western Siberia) has held an emergency response drill (ERD) on accident elimination at the Omsk – Irkutsk oil trunk pipeline’s underwater crossing over the Kan River in Krasnoyarsk Territory.
The goal was to train employees of different business units to respond to and eliminate emergencies, incidents, failures and their consequences at operating facilities.
According to the drill’s scenario, a pumping station’s operator registered a simulated emergency pressure drop below the permissible level at the Omsk – Irkutsk OTP’s underwater crossing over the Kan River. The dispatcher of the district control centre of Krasnoyarsk RPD, who was notified of this fact, “suspnded” oil transportation. A patrol crew arrived at the site to determine the causes. The survey revealed a “damage” of the oil trunk pipeline caused by the laying of a cable in stream bed part of the river near the OTP’s underwater crossing. These works were carried out by a third party without the consent of Transneft Western Siberia.
The patrol crew determined the location of the simulated oil release to the surface of the river and cleared up the scale of damage. Air was monitored, and samples of natural water were taken. Primary safety measures were taken.
The teams from among the employees of Central Maintenance Division of Krasnoyarsk RPD, emergency line maintenance divisions (ELMDs) of Poima oil pumping station (PS) and Rybinskaya line operation dispatcher station (LODS) deployed two lines for the containment of the simulated oil release, installed booms and oil collecting equipment. 75 persons participated in the ERD, 16 units of automotive and specialty vehicles, 900 metres of booms, 7 oil skimmers and 6 oil collection tanks were used.
All stages of the drill for the detection of oil release, containment and elimination of the accident were completed within the prescribed time limits. In the course of the ERD, an additional training on the rescue of a man who fell into water was also successfully conducted.
As noted by Sergey Bereznyak, Deputy Chief Engineer – Head of the Occupational Safety and Operational Control Directorate of Transneft Western Siberia, the drill is aimed at maintaining a high level of environmental and industrial safety at Transneft’s operational facilities. The drill is also designed to maintain the readiness of emergency response teams of operational facilities for prompt response to emergencies and to improve the tactics of interaction of all divisions and business units. During 2019, it is planned to conduct 911 emergency response drills on various topics at Transneft Western Siberia’s branches.