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Transneft Skims 360 m3 of Petroleum Products near Norilsk with Diesel Content Standing at 97%

Date of publication: 8 June 2020

Since the beginning of petroleum products spill clean-up near Norilsk, Transneft has skimmed 360 m3 of liquid with diesel fuel content from 97% and more, said Advisor to the monopoly’s President and Press Secretary Igor Demin.

According to Mr Demin, on 7 June 2020, the Company began pumping the recovered petroleum products from temporary storage tanks of Transneft Siberia into the containers of Nornickel. “In one day, 340 m3 were pumped into storage tanks whose total capacity reaches 1,500 m3.”

He pointed out that other participants of the spill clean-up skimmed petroleum products with diesel fuel content standing at 15-30%, which may cause subsequent problems with their disposal. “There’s a problem with transporting the utilised liquid. In the lack of roads, they are going to transport 250-m3 barrels over winter roads for further disposal after first frosts strike. If there is too much moisture in these barrels, they can be torn asunder by the ice formed,” Demin explained.

“The equipment used by Transneft (developed and manufactured in Russia) allows the recovery of petroleum products with the diesel content of at least 97%, so that the products could be used as intended at a CHP plant, rather than being disposed of,” the monopoly’s press secretary underlined.

Working on the site are three emergency response teams of Transneft on three boundaries with the total headcount of 52 specialists, and four oil skimmers are recovering petroleum products. Transneft Siberia had set up four cascades of booms totaling 200 metres in length, the interviewee clarified. In his words, the relocation of special-purpose vehicles and experts of Transneft to the environmental disaster site continues.

As was reported, one of the tanks was unsealed in the territory of CHP-3 of NTEC (part of Norilsk Nickel Group) because of pile foundation’s subsidence, which caused the spilling of combustibles and lubricants to the roadway; as a result, a car ignited.

As per the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resource Usage, ca. 20,000 tonnes of petroleum products contaminated the waters of the Daldykan and Ambarnaya rivers; the latter runs into Lake Pyasino. Four criminal cases were initiated to investigate the incident, and the head of the CHP shop was arrested.

On 3 June 2020, the fuel spill in Norilsk was declared a nationwide emergency.

The Russian Energy Ministry asked oil companies and Transneft to help with the spill clean-up.

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