Chernomortransneft has conducted an integrated drill (ID) to contain and eliminate a simulated oil spill at the Tikhoretsk — Novorossiysk-2 oil trunk pipeline (OTP) in Krasnodar Territory.
The purpose was to check the readiness of warning systems at Chernomortransneft’s facilities, to improve the knowledge and practical skills of specialists in rapid containment and elimination of consequences of man-caused emergencies.
As per the drill scenario, as a result of ‘depressurisation’ of the Tikhoretsk – Novorossiysk-2 OTP in Abinsky District, there was a simulated oil release with the area of 100 thousand m2. Specialists of Chernomortransneft qualified the incident as a federal emergency; a simulated emergency was introduced in Krasnodar Territory. A total of 145 people and 57 pieces of equipment were involved in the drill.
Members of the emergency rescue teams of the Krasnodar Regional Oil Trunk Pipeline Directorate (KROTPD), representatives of Transneft Security’s Southern IDDS, subdivisions of the Federal Fire Fighting Service of the EMERCOM of Russia and the emergency rescue team of Abinsky District were involved in the “emergency” response.
The spilled oil was collected, the contaminated soil was removed and the defective section of the OTP was replaced. As part of the ID, interaction between operational and maintenance divisions was checked, and employees demonstrated their knowledge of regulatory, technical and operational documentation, as well as observance of industrial, fire and environmental safety measures.
The drill was observed by Sergey Shtrikov, the Minister of Civil Defense and Emergencies of Krasnodar Territory, and representatives of the territory’s Main Department of Emergency Situations of the EMERCOM. The Minister gave a positive assessment of the drill. The personnel of Chernomortransneft demonstrated coherent work, having ensured containment and elimination of the consequences of the simulated oil spill in a timely manner.