A new oil pump station started to operate in Arkhar. PS 29 became the first station that is built within the extension of stage II of the ESPO pipeline. The Arkhar oil pump station is a booster pump station. It provides a pressure inside the pipeline that is required to transfer the oil from Yekaterinoslavka to Obluchye.
Owing to PS 29 and the anti-turbulence additives facilities at the pump stations in Skovorodino and Oblushye, the oil pipeline capacity will increase from 36 to 38 mtpa in 2018.
Mainline pump station, stop valve unit, mud-trap filters, control room, indoor switchgear, diesel power plant, and firewater tanks are built at the oil pump station in Arkhar.
The amenity building with a canteen, production workshop, area maintenance building, enclosed parking facility for vehicles with a repair section, and modern treatment plants are also located here. One hundred and one people work at the new station; most of them are the residents of the settlement, as reported by Transneft Far East.
The throughput capacity of ESPO-2 will be increased to its maximum value by 2020 – to 50 million tons per annum. Another three new stations will be built on the oil pipeline by this year – in the Smidovichsky district of the Jewish Autonomous Region and two stations in the Amur River Region - at the Seryshevo settlement (PS 26) and near Tygda (PS 23).