Transneft Upper Volga has conducted emergency response drills (ERD) at the Starolikeyevo line operation dispatcher station (LODS) of the Gorky Regional Oil Pipeline Directorate (RPD) in Nizhny Novgorod Region.
The goal is to train workers of the Gorky RPD to respond to and eliminate emergencies, incidents, failures leading to maximum volume of oil spill and its consequences at the facilities of oil trunk pipelines (OTP).
The emergency response drills programme included: elimination of failure due to destruction of the longitudinal joint on a supply pipeline of the Surgut – Polotsk OTP offshoot, and elimination of stop valves malfunction.
According to the drill scenario, the simulated oil release occurred on the process pipeline of the Starolikeyevo LODS (a supply pipeline of the Surgut – Polotsk OTP offshoot). After receiving a notification of the simulated spill, the station’s operational personnel made the necessary technological switching to prevent further spills. The Gorky RPD emergency division promptly arrived at the site. The ERD participants carried out work on cutting out the damaged section, cleaning and sealing the pipeline inner surface, welding and mounting. The final stage included filling the section with oil, backfilling the operating pit and land rehabilitation.
The ERD involved employees of the Gorky Central Maintenance Division, emergency line maintenance division, power equipment servicing site, automation and telemetry equipment operation unit, and mechanical process equipment servicing site: 56 people and 11 units of special-purpose vehicles in total.
The emergency response drill showed the operational readiness of all divisions to contain oil spills.