Innovations in manufacturing help preserve the environment
Modern economy needs a huge amount of energy mainly derived from oil. Just yesterday, however, environmental problems were usually overlooked. Yet today nature protection is coming to the fore. And everyday practice shows that manufacturing industries, including oil transportation, can be environmentally safe. Over the years, this has been demonstrated by Transneft Urals, the largest republican enterprise. Its activities are not only aimed at raising the efficiency, but also at ensuring high environmental safety of operating facilities in the territory of seven Russian regions and in Northern Kazakhstan.
Sustainability as Industrial Demand
The requirements of ecologists are borne in mind at the stage of the technical specifications in the course of overhaul or facilities renovation, with state-of-the-art engineering solutions and innovations applied. For example, oil and petroleum products storage tanks are equipped with special floating roofs.
“This kind of floating roofs bring down hydrocarbon evaporation and therefore polluting emissions almost to zero. In recent years we’ve installed almost two dozen of such floating roofs,” says Head of the Environmental Safety and Rational Nature Management Section Sergey Lamtyev. “Boiler houses providing our facilities with heat are switched to more environmentally friendly and safer fuel: this August, for example, we’ve commissioned a new gas-driven boiler house at Chernushka station in Perm Territory.
Part of the company’s motor fleet also uses the same “clean” fuel, namely comprised natural gas (CNG), therefore emitting fewer pollutants into the atmosphere.
The oil pipeliners constantly monitor the condition of the air, water and soil in the territory of their operating facilities. During 9 months of 2020, specialists from accredited environmental analysis laboratories have examined around 37,000 samples which showed that there’s nothing to worry about, since all environmental safety standards are strictly observed. The external environmental management audit results also testify to the fact that Transneft Urals is a “clean” company. Experts have corroborated its compliance with stringent requirements of the international standard ISO 14001:2015.
Permanently on Alert
Transneft Urals is doing its best to prevent accidents and emergencies at the oil and petroleum products pipelines whose length reaches 8,300 km. It is impossible to foresee everything, and in case of any accident an emergency rescue team equipped with everything necessary to eliminate the consequences arrives at the site in no time. In fact, there are two teams like that at the company: non-regular and professional. The former is staffed with more than 400 workers of various specialties. They are trained and certified to perform emergency rescue and other urgent works on the water and on the ground regardless of the season. The professional team is staffed with 29 experts who specialise in eliminating the consequences of accidents on the pipelines, illegal tappings being their most frequent reason.
The rescuers work fast and well-coordinated due to their regular training sessions. For less than a year Transneft Urals has conducted almost 1,500 emergency response drills to eliminate oil spills.
Rationally Means Expertly
Caring for the environment is closely related to the rational use of any resources. It’s hard to find a person nowadays who has not heard anything about separate waste collection. Transneft Urals has launched this approach to waste collection at all of its facilities. Paper, cardboard, wood, various types of plastic, scrap metal that can be recycled are separated. In fact, the process does not stop at waste collection. The company has purchased two special waste transportation vehicles, having redrafted its license to cover waste collection, transportation, treatment, recycling, decontamination and disposal, including I-IV hazard class waste.
The oil pipeliners actively participate in clean-up events, being the role models of environmental friendliness. In this context the World Cleanness Day on 19 September 2020 was a success: the company’s employees planted trees, cleaned republican nature parks and streets and the shores of local reservoirs.
Let Living Creatures Live!
Every year Transneft Urals takes compensatory measures to artificially breed juveniles of the precious fish species including the sterlet of Kama origin entered into the Red Book of Bashkortostan. This is part of a special programme implemented by Transneft. The reservoirs are “refilled” on a regular basis: in 2019, more than half a million sterlet juveniles were released into the Belaya River and its tributaries, as well as into the Pavlovsk and Lower Kama reservoirs, in addition to another 40,000 young species released into the Tobol River in Tyumen Region and 10,000 sterlet and wild carp juveniles released into the Saratov reservoir. In 2020, almost 420,000 sterlet juveniles have been released into the Belaya and the Tobol Rivers, as well as into the Pavlovsk reservoir. The release of fish juveniles is witnessed by representatives of Territorial Directorates of the Russian Federal Agency for Fishery.
Reference by RG
The oil pipeliners help developing environmental tourism. In 2019, activists from the regional section of the Russian Geographical Society carried out the landscaping of a spring located near the relic Askyn Ice Cave, using the charitable funds of Transneft Urals. This is a great contribution to heritage and culture preservation of ethnic groups inhabiting the Republic of Bashkortostan. The spring has been granted a water body certificate and included in the register for further creation of an interactive map.