On 16–17 October 2019, a meeting of Transneft’s (Transneft subsidiaries’) deputy chief engineers was held on the issues of operating pipelines and developing the activities of the Company's business units. The meeting was hosted in Nizhny Novgorod, at Transneft Upper Volga.
The event was attended by the Company’s First Vice President Maksim Grishanin and Vice President Sergey Andronov, heads of departments and sections of Transneft, management of Transneft Metrology and Transneft Upper Volga, deputy chief engineers for automated control systems of Transneft subsidiaries.
The deputy chief engineers were presented with an analysis of the operation of the equipment of automated process control systems (APCS) for 2019 and the results of the work on import substitution of software. The issues of operation and development of the APCS were also considered.
The meeting’s participants visited the Centre for Industrial Automation (CIA), a branch of Transneft Upper Volga which produces modern high-tech equipment for the oil and gas industry, developed by Transneft. This equipment allows to control the process of transporting oil and petroleum products through pipeline systems in accordance with regulatory requirements.
Currently, the Centre produces telemetry cabinets, data processing systems, systems for measuring quantity and quality of oil/petroleum products, automation systems for boiler houses and treatment plants, panels for power equipment control stations, as well as specialised automation systems for equipping fire trucks and control and monitoring stations for process sections of pipelines. In 2019, the production of control systems exceeded the figures for 2018 and amounted to more than 800 systems.
During the meeting, a project was presented to create a fully functional test ground for equipment and automation systems at the premises of the Industrial Automation Centre. The current tasks and development prospects of the Centre were also discussed.
Following the meeting, the participants gave a positive assessment of the work performed by Transneft Upper Volga in the field of developing new management and production systems.