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Extension with an Eye to the East: Transneft to Reconstruct an ESPO-2 Station in the Amur River Basin

Date of publication: 20 February 2018 Printable version

Oil pumping station No. 27 affiliated with phase II of the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean (ESPO-2) oil trunk pipeline is being revamped in the Amur River basin. This booster station near the Ekaterinoslavka village of Oktyabrsky District will become a pipe-end pumping station for a section with 50,000-ton oil storage tanks by the end of 2019. After the work is completed, the station territory will more than double, and the district will have some 70 new jobs.

Revamping PS No. 27 near Ekaterinoslavka is part of Transneft’s major project on ESPO-2 extension. The new facilities will help increase the oil pipeline capacity in the Skovorodino – Kozmino Port section from 30 to 50 million tonnes per year. As of now, the pipeline can transport 38 tonnes of oil per year. The builders have been performing earthwork very close to the operating PS — filling and levelling the site, ramming piles for the foundation of future extension. The area of the station in Ekaterinoslavka is expected to increase from 9 to 25 hectares.

“The tank farm with the total capacity of 110,000 m3 will be built at PS No. 27. Two 50,000 m3 tanks will be used to store oil; two extra vessels for fire protection water will be built,” Dinar Satikov,  Chief Supervisor of Construction Team No. 18 of PMC ESPO (a Transneft subsidiary) said in the clamour of pile drivers.

The weather had been problematic for the builders this year, Dinar Satikov stated. Special heating rooms were arranged during abnormal frost streaks, but sometimes the machinery broke down at the least convenient moment. Despite the harsh conditions, the builders heed the schedule — from the start of the year they have rammed more than 200 piles out of the planned 1,500.

At present, the construction site has 150 workers who employ 80 units of various special-purpose vehicles. Residents of Amur Region make up a third of the staff. In spring, when construction operations will reach their peak, they will employ 500 workers and 200 vehicles.

The PS firefighting system will likewise be upgraded within the revamping efforts. If the station was just pumping oil earlier, later it will also store it. The station will have an internal firehouse with its own tank vehicles and a foam tower by the autumn of 2019, and the firefighting pumping station will be expanded. Besides, an EMERCOM unit will be engaged on a contractual basis.

“The PS can boast an automated fire-extinguishing system. All facilities and premises are being constantly controlled by sensors that send all the information to a PC. Our firefighting professionals, the PS operator and the station security monitor the parameters together 24/7. The fire-extinguishing system will trigger in case of an emergency. For instance, a two-storey building with huge main line pumps will be filled with foam right to the roof in 10 minutes maximum,” says Alexey Konev, a fire safety division engineer at PS No. 27 of Transneft Far East.

Nowadays, the Eastern Siberian project by Transneft is one of the most demanded crude transportation directions in the Russian oil industry. The ESPO pipeline system has been fitted with cutting-edge safety solutions and equipment that minimise environmental risks.

To bring the ESPO-2 capacity to the planned figures in the Skovorodino – Kozmino section, apart from revamping Ekaterinoslavka PS, the Company has to build two new oil pumping in the Amur River basin (in Magdagachinsky and Seryshevsky Districts), plus one more in Jewish Autonomous Region (Smidovichsky District). Those new facilities will function as booster stations without any tank farm. Their mission will be to maintain pressure inside the pipeline at the rate which is sufficient for pumping of oil, the Company informs.

“Revamping of No. 27 will create some 70 new jobs in Oktyabrsky District. The lion’s share of the new personnel will be engaged in protecting the station facilities from potential emergencies,” says Vladimir Samusenko, Head of PS. No. 27 affiliated with Transneft Far East.

Increasing the ESPO-2 throughput capacity will enable to transport up to 50 million tonnes of crude hydrocarbons per year. Nearly half of the oil will be annually pumped to the Kozmino oil terminal in Primorsky Region whence it will flow to countries of the Asia-Pacific region. The rest of the oil will be distributed across refineries in the Far East.

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