Transneft Upper Volga has reviewed its efforts to prevent criminal tapping and fuel theft from trunk pipelines in the regions of the Company’s operation in 2018.
Year-to-date, 62 illegal tappings into oil and petroleum products trunk pipelines have been detected within the area of responsibility of Transneft Upper Volga (13 constituent entities of the Russian Federation). 41 intruders have been arrested on suspicion of the criminal offense, and criminal cases have been initiated against them by law enforcement agencies. This year, the materials of 11 criminal cases concerning 30 accused persons have been brought into court. By now, 7 trials have resulted in guilty verdicts, with 23 persons prosecuted, among them 17 sentenced to jail time.
Transneft Upper Volga in cooperation with law enforcement agencies is taking comprehensive measures on an ongoing basis to prevent, detect and discontinue criminal tappings made to steal petroleum products from trunk pipelines. Such acts of crime result in significant damage to the oil pipeline industry in view of ensuring reliable and continuous transportation of oil and petroleum products to consumers. Such thefts also lead to a higher probability of unauthorised oil release and contamination of the environment.
For reference: In accordance with the new edition of Art. 215.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation effective since August 2018, the penalty for illegal tapping and damaging of pipelines shall be increased. Now a repeat offender may be liable to a fine of up to RUB 200 thousand, mandatory punitive works for up to 360 hours or an imprisonment term of up to four years. In the event of serious consequences of illegal tapping, offenders are liable to an imprisonment term of up to 8 years.