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Transneft Western Siberia Holds Emergency Response Drill at Oil Pipeline Underwater Crossing via River

Date of publication: 18 December 2020

Transneft Western Siberia has conducted the emergency response drill (ERD) at the oil trunk pipeline underwater crossing via the Zolotoy Kitat River in Kemerovo Region.

The goal was to verify readiness of the Novosibirsk Regional Oil Pipeline Directorate business units’ employees for prompt containment and elimination of emergencies’ consequences.

According to the ERD scenario, at the underwater crossing of the Anzhero-Sudzhensk – Krasnoyarsk oil trunk pipeline (OTP), the pressure dropped below the permissible level. The Novosibirsk Regional Oil Pipeline Directorate (RPD) dispatcher “stopped” the oil transportation remotely. A patrol crew upon arriving at the site, confirmed the “oil release” onto the water surface. The site of the emergency was cordoned off, marked by warning signs, the territory was enclosed using barricade tape.

Employees of emergency line maintenance divisions (ELMD) of the Anzhero-Sudzhensk LODS, the Mariinskaya PS, the Anzherskaya Central Maintenance Division participated in the “oil spill” collection. Considering the presence of ice cover on the river, the ice was cut to install booms, special holes in the ice were arranged. All oil “released” into the river was collected into special tanks for subsequent disposal with the use of oil skimmers. Laboratory assistants carried out continuous ecological and analytical monitoring of air, soil and surface waters at the site of the simulated oil release.

38 employees participated in the ERD, more than 30 units of motor, snow removal vehicles, special-purpose equipment were used. The employees confirmed their readiness to eliminate the emergencies’ consequences in winter conditions. The supervisory committee also highly appreciated the coherence and effective interaction of the personnel, which allowed to complete the tasks set to contain the emergency within the standard time frame of 4 hours.

Transneft Western Siberia Press Service