Transneft Baltic Conducts Drills at Pipeline Underwater Crossings

Date of publication: 18 August 2020

Transneft Baltic has conducted drills to contain and eliminate oil and petroleum products spills at the Surgut – Polotsk and BPS-2 underwater crossings of oil trunk pipelines (OTP), the Yaroslavl – Primorsk-2 petroleum products trunk pipeline and the Krasny Bor – Pulkovo petroleum products pipeline.

The drill measures were conducted on the Zapadnaya Dvina (Tver Region), Pchevzha, Yaschera and Izhora (Leningrad Region) Rivers.

The events unfolded according to one scenario: at the underwater crossing, the operator recorded an “emergency pressure drop”. A patrol crew was sent to the site, which, upon visual inspection, detected a simulated oil and petroleum products release.

Employees of the Velikie Luki PS, the Kirishi LODS, the Nevskaya LODS and the Krasny Bor LODS emergency line maintenance divisions (ELMD) of the Leningrad Regional Oil Pipeline Directorate (RPD) and PS-7 of the Novgorod RPD worked at the sites of the "emergencies". Having installed booms on the rivers, they contained simulated spills and collected them in special tanks as per schedule established by the standards.

A total of 122 people participated in the drills, 85 pieces of equipment were used. The personnel confirmed their high readiness for possible emergencies and the ability to efficiently interact in the elimination of their consequences.

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