Pictured: a meeting of Transneft representatives with officials from the Chief Directorate of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Moscow Region, executive authorities, law enforcement and oversight bodies of the Moscow Region
On 7 December 2017 a meeting of Transneft representatives with officials from the Chief Directorate of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Moscow Region, executive authorities, law enforcement and oversight bodies of the Moscow Region was held in Moscow. The main topic was safe operation of the Company’s facilities, their anti-terrorist protection as well as counteracting thefts from petroleum products trunk pipelines located in the territory of the Moscow region.
The meeting was held within the framework of the agreement on interaction between Transneft and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The participants discussed counteracting criminal threats, security and safety issues as well as anti-terrorist protection of trunk pipelines in the territory of the Moscow region.
According to Transneft, at the Company’s facilities in the Moscow region a negative trend of the rising number of illegal trunk pipelines tappings is the sad reality.
Vice President of Transneft Vladimir Rushailo pointed to the need of taking extra measures, to enhance anti-terrorist protection of the Company’s facilities in the entire territory of Russia, given their strategic importance and location. He mentioned that right now a number of Russia’s regions are implementing special measures jointly developed by Transneft and law enforcement bodies.
Vladimir Rushailo also emphasized that heads of the business units ensuring the safety, security and anti-terrorist protection of FEC facilities bear personal responsibility. He reminded that the matters of anti-terrorist protection are relevant for all Russia and, as international terrorist activities are stepping up, it is necessary to preclude acts of sabotage and terror at strategic facilities.
Head of the Chief Directorate of the RF Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Moscow Region, Lieutenant-General of Police Viktor Paukov, mentioned the need for higher efficiency of the efforts aimed at detecting and suppressing oil and petroleum products thefts from the trunk pipelines of Transneft in the Moscow region. He proposed a task force to be created from among the workers of Transneft Security Department, the Security Directorate of Transneft Upper Volga and specialized units of the RF Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Moscow Region.
The meeting participants presented their detailed analysis of the situation in the pipeline transport of oil in the Moscow region and suggested ways to stabilize it. At the end of the meeting a long-term programme of interaction between the entities of Transneft system, regional authorities and law enforcement bodies was formulated, to provide for uninterrupted operation of trunk pipelines.
The meeting participants pointed out that to radically decrease the crime rate in the turnover of products of oil refining in the Moscow region, it is necessary to carry out, on a regular basis, joint activities for the prevention, aversion and investigation of crimes related to thefts of petroleum products; also to prepare a programme and conduct a joint training of experts from the units ensuring the security of FEC facilities.
The Moscow region is notable for high density of important FEC infrastructure. It is home to five facilities of Transneft Upper Volga protected by Transneft Security. The length of the Company’s trunk pipelines in the region is 1,496.3 km.
Last year 49 illegal tappings into OTPs and OPTPs were detected in the Moscow region (16% of total tappings registered in all 60 regions of Russia where Transneft facilities are located). From 2012 to 2017, some 234 criminal encroachments on the Company’s facilities were perpetrated in the Moscow region, which accounts for almost 8.5% of total crimes against the Company’s facilities across the country. This year alone 54 illicit tie-ins were detected in the Moscow region.
Based on illegal tappings of the Company’s trunk pipelines, 95 criminal actions were taken in five recent years, of which 22 have been suspended. In 32 cases courts refused to initiate criminal proceedings. During 11 months of 2017, 22 criminal cases were initiated to prosecute the perpetrators of 29 illegal tappings. In 21 cases of illegal tapping courts refused to initiate legal proceedings.