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Chernomortransneft and Transneft-Service Conduct Joint Oil Spill Elimination Drill in Black Sea

Date of publication: 05 October 2018 Print

Chernomortransneft and Transneft-Service have conducted a joint emergency response drill (ERD) to contain and eliminate an ‘oil spill’ at the water area of an operational facility of Sheskharis Transshipment Complex (TC).

It was the third training event held jointly with Transneft-Service this year. The goal was to improve interaction between the emergency rescue teams of Chernomortransneft and Transneft-Service, as well as to increase the readiness of Sheskharis TC’s employees to prevent and eliminate oil and petroleum products spills.

According to the ERD’s scenario, a process pipeline in the area where metering units of the Oil Quantity and Quality Metering System (OQQMS) are located was damaged as a result of an earthquake, which led to 430 cubic metres of ‘oil’ spilling. The initial task was complicated by an additional condition — there was a simulated spill of 312 cubic metres of oil into the sea because concrete barriers at Sheskharis TC were ‘destroyed’.

After receiving the emergency signal from Sheskharis TC, emergency operations and dispatching units of the TC, as well as the dispatching personnel of Transneft-Service, were notified. An emergency response centre headed by Sergey Kolodin, Chief Engineer of Sheskharis TC affiliated with Chernomortransneft, was established by an emergency & industrial safety committee. In addition, fire crews of the FRS-18 of the squad of the Krasnodar Territory Federal Rescue Service No. 8 of the EMERCOM (Emergencies Ministry) of Russia and SIDDS of Transneft Security Services took part in the drill.

The simulated oil spill at Sheskharis TC was isolated by a non-regular emergency rescue team that collected and pumped out the ‘oil’ and repaired the damaged section of the process pipeline. Two squads of Transneft-Service’s professional emergency rescue team consisting of 8 sea vessels crews were also involved in the collection of 'oil' from the sea surface. The collection was carried out using a special device (skimmer), the simulated mixture of oil and water was loaded into a storage vessel and transported to the port.

In total, 117 people took part in the drill.

The ERD helped check the interaction between emergency response teams and maintenance divisions and employees’ knowledge of regulatory, technical and operational documentation as well as to verify compliance with industrial, fire and environmental safety regulations. The organisers also assessed the correctness of the use of devices, mechanisms and special equipment.

Following the event, Chernomortransneft’s representatives noted the high efficiency of the ERD and confirmed the readiness of the divisions and the personnel to respond to emergencies quickly in order to isolate and eliminate consequences of possible accidents. The ERD was considered satisfactory.