This year, Yamal’s first oil pumping station (PS) Kholmogory turns exactly 33 years. It lies not far from Noyabrsk and is one of Transneft Siberia’s enterprises. Today, equipment revamping and repairs are being carried out here. Our correspondent has found out what the result will be and how it will impact the enterprise's economy.
Today, this is a beautifully designed and comfortable canteen. All the utilities have been replaced completely, and a new ventilation and air conditioning system has been set up. The premises look roomy and cosy due to the new plastic windows and light-coloured walls. New equipment and furniture have been installed at the cooking areas as well as in the dining hall. The facades and roofs have been renovated and made coldproof, to facilitate energy saving.
Anatoly Litvinov, Head of Kholmogory PS of Noyabrskoye Oil Trunk Pipeline Directorate (OTPD) under Transneft Siberia, says, “In other words, all the general utilities, heating, plumbing, and lighting systems have been replaced, and a new fire alarm system has been installed. And, consequently, the building has been winterised".
Pumping of oil through the Kholmogory – Klin oil trunk pipeline commenced at the oil pumping station in 1985. Today, two 20,000 m3 tanks and their respective utility systems are undergoing repairs as part of the technical upgrading programme.
Mikhail Kara, Head of the Reservoir Operation Unit at Kholmogory PS of Noyabrskoye Oil Trunk Pipeline Directorate (OTPD) under Transneft Siberia, says: “Replacement of the tanks' bottom, wall and roof metal frameworks is being carried out. Revamping of the power supply system and the fire extinguishing system is going on.”
A modular floating roof is planned to be installed inside one of the tanks, in order to reduce the negative impact on the environment from hazardous emissions into the atmosphere, and to ensure due quality of the oil.
Mikhail Kara, Head of the Reservoir Operation Unit at Kholmogory PS of Noyabrskoye Oil Trunk Pipeline Directorate (OTPD) under Transneft Siberia, says: “Reduced negative environmental impact from noxious vapours has been achieved, along with due maintenance of the oil quality.”
In addition to that, all the bulbs at the station have been replaced with LED bulbs as part of the energy saving programme. 10 automatic temperature control units have been installed at the premises, and the system of the emergency duty officer's control panel has been replaced.
Anatoly Litvinov, Head of Kholmogory PS of Noyabrskoye Oil Trunk Pipeline Directorate (OTPD) under Transneft Siberia, says, “In 2015, revamping of the automation system was completed. The renovated automation system displays the entire workflow, all the information, messages, trends, graphs and signals.”
The chemical analysis laboratory has also been furnished with new equipment. Due to the state-of-the-art devices and chemical agents, it takes the laboratory assistants much less time to check the quality of the oil to be transported further through the oil trunk pipeline.
Yelena Khrapchenkova, Chemical Engineer at the chemical analysis laboratory of Kholmogory PS of Noyabrskoye OTPD under Transneft Siberia, says, “We determine such quality indicators as the weight concentration of chlorides, the mass fraction of water, the mass fraction of sulfur, the mass fraction of solid particles and paraffins in oil, as well as the kinematic viscosity and the fractional composition”.
Today, the works to improve the quality of transportation of “the black gold” are being carried out both at Transneft-Siberia's Kholmogory oil pumping station itself and at three oil trunk pipelines totalling 191 kilometres in length within the area of responsibility of this PS.