Transneft Western Siberia has conducted a comprehensive emergency response drill (ERD) at the Krasnoyarsk – Irkutsk oil trunk pipeline underwater crossing (OTPUWC) over the Kan River in Krasnoyarsk Territory.
Its purpose is to check the prompt interaction of employees from different business units and their readiness to respond to an emergency within the procedural time limits.
According to the drill scenario, an emergency pressure “drop” was detected at the pipeline underwater crossing. Oil transportation was “stopped”. A patrol crew headed to examine the OTP’s underwater crossing, stated “depressurisation” of the pipeline and put up warning signs on site.
In keeping with the approved algorithm of containing a simulated oil spill, in the presence of ice it was drilled in several places of the water surface, booms were set up to the total length of 500 metres along with containers for skimmed “crude oil”. Experts from the environmental analysis laboratory conducted ongoing monitoring of the environment. The CERD scenario was complicated by three preconditions: malfunction of the mainline pump and automated equipment, electrical equipment failure, a simulated victim.
Employees of the central maintenance division, emergency line maintenance divisions of the Poima PS and the Rybinskaya LODS, utility vehicle and special-purpose machinery department of the Krasnoyarsk RPD were participating in the drill: a total of 94 people. Roughly 60 vehicles and special-purpose machinery units were involved, including ice-cutters, oil skimmers, truck-mounted cranes, snowmobiles, pipeline locators.
All activities involved in responding to a simulated emergency were carried out in full and within the set timeframe. The supervisory committee positively assessed the CERD results, noting a high level of competence, as well as the cohesive personnel interaction.
Drills is an important aspect in the sphere of industrial and environmental safety prioritised by Transneft Western Siberia.