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Passing Tests

Date of publication: 24 December 2020

In the midst of the pandemic, the Far East subsidiary of Transneft ensures uninterrupted and safe operation of its facilities without taking any emergency measures. Modern control methods, unique equipment, a range of new technologies – this powerful arsenal brings to minimum the very possibility of emergencies. Reliability of the system built at Transneft Far East has been proven by the lack of any accidents and breakdowns.

In 2020, specialists of Transneft Far East have conducted 1,235 emergency response drills

50-parameter Test

2020 has been declared the Year of Industrial Safety and Industrial Control at Transneft. A rather conditional name (thus could be named every year at the company as it is always very scrupulous about ensuring the reliability of its facilities), nevertheless, demonstrates how this topic is important for oil transportation specialists.

“The Company has its own emergency rescue teams – professional and non-regular ones,” comments Sergey Vigerin, Deputy Chief Engineer – Head of Occupational Safety and Operational Control Department at Transneft Far East. “Their personnel have passed the respective training, and all business units are duly equipped and certified to conduct search and rescue operations.

An integral part of the Company’s industrial safety management system is industrial control. It implies ongoing analysis of the facility reliability and incident prevention while ensuring its readiness for the containment and elimination of any emergency.

The key term here is “ongoing”. Everything is finely detailed. During the planned shutdowns of oil transportation pipeliners perform preventive maintenance of the equipment, check a multitude of systems, sensors and mainline pumps. For instance, the latter are tested for their compliance with 50 parameters. The condition of pipes is always examined. Smart inspection tools regularly inspect the oil pipeline from within, measure the internal flow area and section turning radii.

Non-stop Drills

Inspections take a special place in the action plan. They are carried out on a regular basis and at various levels. Ten operating facilities of different hazard classes are now within the responsibility zone of Transneft Far East. In line with the law, all of them are registered in the State Registry of hazardous operating facilities and are under the permanent control of the Far East Directorate of Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service of Russia (Rostekhnadzor).

In 2020, the Industrial Safety and Industrial Control Division personnel of Transneft Far East carried out 119 targeted and unscheduled inspections. The Company’s operational control commission carried out 3 inspections of facilities assigned to Belogorsk and Dalnerechensk Regional Oil Pipeline Directorates (RPDs). The same facilities have been eight times inspected by Rostekhnadzor. The commissions found no violations of technical maintenance requirements.

Another important factor is the organisation of drills. In 2020, three complex tabletop drills were held involving EMERCOM of Russia’s representatives and federal executive authorities from Amur Region, Jewish Autonomous Region and Primorye Territory. The observers praised the level of cohesion and preparedness of the business units, which is precious.

And in accordance with the master schedule, Transneft Far East has held 1,235 ERDs. Divided by the number of days in a year, it shows that we are actually dealing with non-stop drills. The drills are dead serious in conditions as close as possible to real life.

Programme Patent

During their drills, specialists from Transneft Far East use numerous developments, including their own. For instance, they have automated the activities of the Emergency Response Headquarter (ERH).

The AIS ERH software was registered at the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent).

“During the drills, this decision support system showed high efficiency in emergencies. Now it is an indispensable tool in the operations of headquarters: it allows you to visually assess the situation, arranges the engagement between sections and divisions, controls the timely submission of reporting forms,” comments Aleksandr Shkalikov, Head of the Industrial Safety and Control Division.

Yet the purpose of oil transporters is to rule out even the minimum use of this software, however wonderful it might be, in a real emergency situation. Being ready for emergencies means precluding them. One of the crucial principles in managing the industrial safety at Transneft subsidiaries is the priority of preventive measures over those aimed at accident containment and elimination. There's nothing more to add.

On a Related Note

Based on the results of the corporate contest, Transneft Far East was twice named best among Transneft companies in terms of industrial safety and control - in 2016 and 2018.

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