In recent years, environmental issues are top-priority issues on the agenda for many companies. The upgrading of production facilities to ensure environmental safety and protection is one of the challenges successfully addressed by Transneft Volga Region.
The Company’s environmental policy is targeted at the ongoing improvement of all processes and equipment upgrading. Every year, wastewater treatment plants are revamped, specific emissions of pollutants are reduced, while bio-resources in rivers and reservoirs are replenished. What’s more, the Company’s employees participate in environmental campaigns and voluntary clean-ups.
Specialists from four accredited environmental analytical control laboratories of Transneft Volga Region continuously monitor the atmospheric air, as well as industrial emissions, water resources, waste waters and land resources. Thus, 17,500 analyses were made during the first half-year alone. Laboratory analyses showed no excess of maximum permissible concentrations of controlled substances.
The Company's environmental division keeps improving its environmental management system to make the operation of oil trunk pipelines safe for the environment. The surveillance audit of the management system of the Saratov Regional Oil Pipeline Directorate’s executive office and the Krasnoarmeyskaya line operation dispatcher station was performed in spring. As one of the positives, the auditor mentioned reduction of specific air pollutant emissions by 1.25% last year compared to 2019. This was achieved due to six tanks being equipped with floating roofs at the Company's facilities in the Samara and Saratov regions, as well as the revamping of the power supply system at the Yerzovka modular group pumping station of the Buguruslan RPD.
In total, in 2020, more than RUB 400 million were allocated by the Company to implement a set of measures designed to ensure environmental safety.
In the Saratov region, as per Transneft's environmental development strategy, the domestic wastewater treatment facilities of Krasnoarmeyskaya LODS have been revamped: as part of the project, a biological treatment plant has been built with a daily capacity of 15 cubic metres. For the first time, an innovative technology has been implemented for domestic wastewater treatment using membrane bioreactors and fine-bubble aeration at the Company's facilities. The unique equipment has been manufactured by Transneft-Siberia's Tyumen Machinery and Repair Plant.
Last year, to ensure the standard level of wastewater treatment, a wastewater biotreatment station (BTS) with a daily capacity of 100 cubic metres was built at the oil blending station of Samara Region. This is the highest BTS capacity among the Company's facilities. The new treatment facilities enable domestic wastewater concurrently dumped by three production facilities - Samara-1 PS, Samara-2 PS and the oil blending station - to be properly treated to match the standards established for fishery water bodies.
The work continues this year. The revamping of production wastewater, as well as storm and utility water treatment plants is under way at the Yefimovka LODS in Volgograd Region. More than RUB 360 million will be invested into construction works.
Replenishment of Bio-Resources
Transneft Volga Region, along with all other Transneft subsidiaries, is implementing an ambitious programme targeting biodiversity conservation in the territories of the Company’s operation. This effort is targeted at the reproduction of aquatic bio-resources, among other things. Fish species and release locations are determined by specialists of the Nationwide Research Institute of Freshwater Fisheries considering the factors ensuring a high survival rate of fish juveniles.
Every year, Transneft Volga Region releases fish juveniles into their natural habitat in the presence of the Federal Agency for Fishery’s representatives. Last year, the Company released more than 126,000 juveniles of sterlet, Russian sturgeon, wild carp and silver carp into the Volgograd and Saratov reservoirs, as well as into the Medveditsa and Don Rivers. This year, more than RUB 4 million has been allocated for the release of water bio resources.
The Company's volunteers also demonstrate by example a responsible attitude towards nature. For instance, the Samara RPD staff made a voluntary clean-up effort and sowed lawn grass in the territory adjacent to Lake Lesnukha in Samara, in addition to planting pine and thuja seedlings in Progress settlement, Khvorostyansky Area of the Samara Region. Oil pipeliners make their own contribution to the improvement and landscaping of the Buguruslan Area in Orenburg Region by doing a sanitary clean-up, planting fir trees in the Buzuluk Bor National Park, and carrying out seasonal litter pick in public gardens. Saratov RPD performed voluntary community work to clean the aquatic buffer of the Volga River near Akhmat Settlement, having planted fir and linden trees in the town of Krasnoarmeysk, Saratov Region; they also conducted complex field landscape-ecological studies of the Khoper River with the Nationwide Society for Nature Conservation.
Within the Year of Science and Technology which has been decreed by the Russian President, Transneft undertook to serve as Curator for the month of August called Climate and Ecology, thus showcasing a responsible attitude towards the environmental safety.