The construction of №26 oil pumping station in Seryshevsky District has entered its final stage. The station is to be commissioned this autumn. Now №26 oil pumping station of the Eastern Siberia — Pacific Ocean (ESPO-2) oil trunk pipeline phase II is more than 90% completed.
The final stage presupposes the construction of a 220 kV substation. It is planned to connect the station to the electric power transmission line in May. Outdoor improvement is also close to completion: reinforced concrete slabs are being laid at internal passages. The main buildings and facilities of the station are finished. The brigades have completed the laying of process pipelines and their hydraulic testing, the testing of mainline pumps and fire pipelines and the hydraulic testing of fire water tanks.
A new oil pumping station is being built to expand the capacity of the ESPO-2 system to the project capacity of 50 million tonnes of oil per year (in 2018 the capacity of the OTP was 44 million tonnes). The large-scale investment project is being implemented simultaneously in four territories of the Far East — in Amur Region, Jewish Autonomous Region, Khabarovsk Territory and Primorye Territory. It presupposes revamping of existing ESPO-2 stations and construction of new booster PS. These are oil pumping stations without a tank farm; their task is to ensure the pipeline’s internal pressure necessary for pumping oil.
Three PS are to be built on the left bank of the Amur river under the project. One of them, №29, located near the Arkhara village, was commissioned in 2017. The construction of №23 PS in Magdagachinsky District and №26 PS in Seryshevsky District began simultaneously in November 2017. The pace of construction turned out to be quicker for PS-26. This station is designed to be very compact due to the placement of the majority of utilities in the same pipeline right-of-ways.
Transneft Far East, a Transneft subsidiary, will operate the PS. At the beginning of the year, ten workers were employed at the station under construction, now there are as many as 27 employees.
“It is very valuable that you can monitor the construction of the PS directly. To see the whole process at the facilities from the very beginning, personally monitor the quality of each unit and every detail of the station where I’m planning to work,” said Ruslan Vagin, Head of the station.
Most workers of PS-26 are locals. For example, four people — a processing units repairman, a heating networks equipment repairman and two electrical equipment repair and maintenance fitters — are residents of Seryshev.
Immediately after signing employment contracts, the working staff were trained at corporate professional educational organisations — Tomsk Technology and Humanities College, Tyumen Oil Pipeline Professional College and Amursky Multifunctional Professional College. Four others who are future pipeline corrosion protection fitters and electric fitters are now studying at Kanash Transport and Energy Technical College. In total, the station’s personnel includes 78 employees, and Amur residents make up 85 percent of the staff.
Brain and Heart of the Station
At each booster oil pumping station, a complex of operating facilities is constructed: a mainline pump house (the heart of each PS) with four pump units, mud-trap filters, fire water tanks, tanks for storing oil and fuel, impounding reservoirs for wastewater. The “think tank” of each station is its control centre; outdoor and indoor switchgears, a packaged transformer substation and a diesel power plant are responsible for the power supply of the PS. The complex also includes pump stations for domestic water supply and firefighting, indoor parking with a repair unit, a boiler house, an area maintenance building with a communications centre.