Transneft Baltic Conducts Drills on Elimination of Oil Spill at BPS-2 Underwater Crossing

Date of publication: 26 June 2020

Specialists of the Novgorod Regional Oil Pipeline Directorate (Novgorod RPD) of Transneft Baltic have conducted an emergency response drill (ERD) to eliminate an oil spill at the BPS-2 oil trunk pipeline underwater crossing (OTPUWC) via the Mezha River in Tver Region.

According to the drill scenario, the oil pumping station (OPS) operator recorded an “emergency pressure drop” at the underwater crossing of the OTP main leg. The gate valves of the oil trunk pipeline were automatically closed. The Andreapol PS patrol team left to examine the OTP underwater crossing and establish the reasons behind the pressure drop at the incident site.

During a visual inspection of the place, simulated oil release to the water surface of the Mezha River was found. The containment and elimination of the consequences of the incident was begun by personnel of the emergency line maintenance divisions of the Andreapol PS and PS-3 of the NRPD, as well as the emergency response and restoration department of the central maintenance division. Booms were promptly installed on the river to completely block the riverbed, the working site was equipped, oil skimmers were prepared, fire stations were set up, and a parking area for vehicles and a tent town was designated.

The oil spill was contained within the established timeframe. The participants of the drill successfully coped with the tasks. The ERD demonstrated the company’s high readiness to eliminate emergencies in compliance with all safety rules. 34 people participated in the ERD, 17 units of motor and special-purpose vehicles were used, including Sprut-2 oil skimmers, Baryer-50 booms, gas analysers and sorbent material.

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Transneft Baltic pipelines have 74 underwater crossings through 25 rivers, including the Volga, Dnieper, Neva, and Volkhov Rivers.