Social support of the regions of operation is an important area of activity for Transneft East.
Transneft East changes the life of towns and rural settlements lying along the corridor of the new Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean oil pipeline.
New sportsgrounds will serve as a positive impetus for development of mass sports in the cities where the Company’s units operate
For over twelve years, construction works have been going on non-stop at one of the world’s longest oil pipelines. ESPO’s Phase II, the offshoot to China, further scaling of the pipeline system – all this implies building new oil pumping stations (PSs), tanks and electric power transmission lines (ETLs). New jobs are created, and the Company adheres to the corporate policy by hiring local residents first to fill new positions. Tax proceeds to local and regional budgets are growing.
And, of course, the active social policy implemented by Transneft East wherever its facilities are located, including Irkutsk and Amur Regions, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and Krasnoyarsk Territory, leads to real changes. Meanwhile, the amount of financial aid has already achieved hundreds of millions of roubles.
Health is the Number One Value
Supporting hospitals is among the most significant charitable projects implemented by Transneft East. In 2014, the Company funded renovation of the trauma care centre of the Bratsk children's municipal hospital, which was followed by a donation that allowed to buy expensive equipment, including anesthesia apparatuses and blood transfusion equipment. This year, the Company has allocated almost 160 million roubles for the renovation of the outpatient clinic belonging to the same children's municipal hospital in Bratsk. The works were successfully completed 1 month ahead of schedule, and the freshly renovated building opened its doors for the patients in November.
“The implementation of this project has received high accolades from regional authorities and the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation. Beautification and creation of green areas, introduction of lean production principles, comfortable doctors’ offices, treatment and examination rooms, utility rooms – all this ensures excellent modern conditions for both young patients and personnel, not only bringing professional staff to the town, but also opening new opportunities for the healthcare system in the Angara region. Teaching staff physicians, sharing experience with colleagues, growing the talent pool – all this has become possible,” emphasises the minister of health of Irkutsk Region Oleg Yaroshenko. “We are proud to have such economically developed and socially-focused partners in our region. Cooperation with them helps us address the global task set by the president of our country who has declared a Decade of Childhood starting from 2018.”
Meanwhile, the Company’s charitable activities in the medical field are developing further. The management of Transneft has decided to provide charitable support to the Tayshet District Hospital, which is the only healthcare institution in the area where local residents can receive high-quality medical aid, including specialised medical treatment. The Company intends to allocate over 20 million roubles to purchase furniture and equipment for the hospital. The procedure of contract execution is currently in progress.
Yet another million roubles will be spent by Transneft East to acquire equipment for a children’s outpatient clinic being a unit of the Nizhneudinsk Central District Hospital.
The route of the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean pipeline (ESPO) passes through remote areas, and its infrastructure facilities are mainly built in small towns and settlements. Life there is concentrated around schools, which are usually old and often lack up-to-date teaching materials, so that teachers have to use what’s at hand to explain their subjects. That is why Transneft and its subsidiaries launched a three-year school education development programme in 2017. As a result of this initiative, exact sciences classrooms have already opened at 23 schools of Irkutsk and Amur Regions, Krasnoyarsk Territory and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Physics, chemistry and mathematics classrooms were outfitted with interactive equipment, visual aids and appliances for practical sessions.
“We are living in the 21st century, and children must be taught and brought up following the imperatives of the era. This is why we have set ourselves the task to provide the schools we are sponsoring with everything they need in accordance with the standards of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation. So that children will have the opportunity to master exact sciences not only by reading books but also on a practical level, by conducting experiments and doing laboratory research. This helps understand the subject better, and it is simply more exciting. This will lead to a higher chance of children getting interested enough to wish to acquire a profession in the field of engineering and finally coming to work at our Company,” explains Aleksandr Puzikov, General Director of Transneft East.
For example in Yakutia, state-of-the-art physics, chemistry and mathematics classrooms are already functioning at school No. 1 in Olyokminsk, gymnasium No. 1 in Neryungri and at schools in Aldan and Lensk. Next year, renovated exact sciences classrooms will open at seven more educational institutions of the republic.
The total funds to be allocated for the implementation of the programme in Sakha exceeds 76 million roubles, because simply buying equipment is just half the battle. Before installing new desks and hanging visual aids on the walls it is essential that the buildings are fixed. Construction teams are painting walls and ceilings, overhaul is carried out where necessary, including reflooring and replacing doors and windows.
Such advanced exact sciences classrooms sponsored by the Company have opened in other regions as well, including Angarsky Settlement (Krasnoyarsk Territory), Tayshet (Irkutsk Region) and Skovorodino (Amur Region).
Next year, Transneft East will provide support to renovate and equip classrooms in schools located in Nizhneudinsk, Vikhorevka and Angarsk as well as in the settlements of Rechushka and Yantal. New classrooms will open at a school in Tynda.
The Company has recently launched yet another charitable programme: outfitting special classrooms for teaching robotics. In Irkutsk Region, this project will cover schools in Zheleznogorsk-Ilimsky, Bratsk, Kirensk and Vikhorevka as well as the settlement of Yantal. As for Yakutia, schools in Aldan and in Neryungri will be provided with new equipment. One set of such equipment costs almost a million roubles. However, Transneft East believes that these expenses will pay off in spades. Robotics develops one’s logical thinking and spatial intelligence; in fact, it is a tool for bringing up future engineers and designers.
Children Are an Earnest Business
We would like to note that caring for the younger generations is one of the priorities for the Company. This year, the Company has allocated over 20 million roubles for construction of children’s playgrounds and sportsgrounds.
“On 12 October, Transneft East held a ceremony during which a new multipurpose sportsground was granted to young city residents suitable for playing football and basketball. It has a special coating, a protective net, basketball hoops and goals – everything you want to see if you love these sports”, said Deputy Head of Skovorodinsky District Yury Zaikin.
This year, four more sportsgrounds have opened in Neryungri, Aldan, Lensk (the Republic of Sakha) and Bratsk (Irkutsk Region).
The oil pipeliners have no doubt that the new yard-sized athletic fields will facilitate development of mass and kids’ sports in the cities where the Company operates.
“The launch of ESPO’s construction gave a boost to Skovorodinsky District. I would like to express a special gratitude to Transneft East for their active participation in charitable events. For example, there is a number of families with many children as well as economically disadvantaged families who can’t afford to arrange a proper New Year celebration. Every year, Transneft East sponsors purchasing sweets gifts to give to such families as well as to children with disabilities and children under custody. The Company has also rendered support to the municipal authorities in organising the celebration of the 90th anniversary of our district,” notes Yury Zaikin.
The opinion of the Company itself is that an active social attitude is essential for a serious enterprise intending to work and develop for many years ahead.
“Social support of the regions of our operation plays an important part in the strategic development of Transneft East. Consistent philanthropic activity is an attribute of a responsible company seeing its future connected to the regions and their residents”, stresses Aleksandr Puzikov.
In April 2006, the first joint of the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean oil pipeline was welded in Irkutsk Region, not far from Tayshet. In the end of December 2009, the oil pipeline was officially put into operation by the president of Russia Vladimir Putin. The task set before the Company by the state, namely, to ensure transportation of Siberian oil to ports in the Russian Far East and to China, has been accomplished. Moreover, the throughput capacity of the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean pipeline system will achieve the planned capacity of 80 million tonnes of oil per year not by 2030, as initially planned, but as early as by 2020.
The total length of the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean oil pipeline is 4,740 kilometres. The pipeline system consists of two phases: ESPO-1, from Tayshet (Irkutsk Region) to Skovorodino (Amur Region) and ESPO-2, from Skovorodino to the oil port in Kozmin Bay (Primorye Territory).
Transneft East operates phase I of ESPO. The Company’s staff has grown to 6.5 thousand people since 2006.