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Transneft Kama Region Organises Emergency Response Drill (ERD) to Eliminate Simulated Oil Spill in Boggy Area

Date of publication: 10 December 2018 Print

   Transneft Kama Region has held an emergency response drill to eliminate a simulated oil spill in a boggy area at the line part of the Surgut – Polotsk oil trunk pipeline (OTP) located within the area of responsibility of Perm Regional Oil Pipeline Directorate (RPD).

   Emergency line maintenance divisions (ELMD) of Lysva and Mostovaya oil pumping stations (PS), employees of Lysva, Osa and Osentsy maintenance sections (MS) as well as of the oil pump-out section of the central maintenance division, the nondestructive control laboratory and the environmental analysis laboratory of Perm RPD took part in the event, along with Svyaztransneft’s employees and the Permsky squad of the North-Western Interregional Directorate of Departmental Security (NWIDDS) of Transneft Security Services. Also involved were the forces and resources of Transneft Kama Region’s non-regular emergency rescue team (NRERT).

   Members of the emergency prevention and response committee (E&FSC) of Perm RPD, Transneft Kama Region, Transneft, also took part in the drill. The drill was supervised by Deputy Director General of Transneft Kama Region Vladimir Reshetnikov.

   A total of 188 employees and more than 74 specialty vehicles were engaged. 

   According to the drill scenario, the operator of Lysva LODS of Perm RPD registered a pressure drop within the line part of the Surgut – Polotsk oil trunk pipeline and promptly notified the dispatcher of Perm RPD of the emergency. By agreement with the management of the Company, a decision was made to perform a simulated suspension of the oil pumping process by closing the line gate valves in order to disconnect the damaged section.

   The patrol crew of Lysva LODS of Perm RPD immediately left for the site of the simulated emergency and confirmed the simulated loss of containment of the pipeline and an oil “release” onto the boggy surface.

   The staff acted in a prompt and well-coordinated way and eliminated the simulated oil spill within the appropriate period. Perm RPD Division for Environmental Safety and Rational Nature Management confirmed that no pollutants were found behind the enclosure of the emergency site. The ERD was assessed as satisfactory.