Transneft Volga Region has summed up its work in the field of ecology and environmental protection in 2018. More than 635 million roubles were allocated for the implementation of a set of measures designed to ensure environmental safety over the specified period.
The Company pays much attention to environmental safety, compliance with the requirements of environmental regulations and formation of responsible attitude to nature.
The key activity areas include revamping of treatment plants, purchase of equipment for containment and elimination of emergency oil spills, along with holding environmental campaigns.
Most of the funds were allocated for activities under a technical upgrading programme for Transneft Volga Region’s facilities. Production, utility, waste and storm water treatment plants of Krasny Yar line operation dispatcher station (LODS) of Volgograd Regional Oil Pipeline Directorate (RPD) were revamped, a stormwater drainage system was built at Popovka modular group pumping station of Buguruslan RPD.
8,230 meters of booms and 7,100 kg of sorbent were purchased for more than 23.7 million roubles in order to outfit the Company’s operational facilities with specialty vehicles and materials for environmental remediation after emergency oil spills.
In 2018, Transneft Volga Region released 32.6 thousand wild carp young fishes, 107 thousand sterlet juveniles and 8.5 thousand silver carp fingerlings into the waters of the Volga and Caspian and the Azov and Black Sea fisheries basins within an aquatic biological resources reproduction programme.
Specialists of four certified environmental analysis laboratories (branches of Buguruslan, Samara, Saratov and Volgograd RPDs) performed continuous monitoring of the condition of groundwaters and surface waters in the area of operational facilities, selected and analysed harmful atmospheric emissions, monitored the condition of land resources at oil trunk pipelines and adjacent facilities. In total, laboratory specialists performed more than 58 thousand analyses in 2018.
Air pollutants emissions coming from operational facilities went down 3%, as compared to 2017, as a result of environmental activities performed by the Company during 2018.
Transneft Volga Region has an environmental management system (EMS) in place, whose compliance with international standards is annually confirmed by surveillance audits. In 2018, an audit for compliance with the ISO 14001:2015 criteria was held at Volgograd RPD’s executive office and at Yefimovka LODS. Experts from the Russian department for certification of management systems of DQS noted that Transneft Volga Region’s environmental management system is effective, that it complies with all the applicable requirements and is constantly being improved.
Many environmental charity projects of Transneft Volga Region have become part of corporate volunteering within the 25 Good Deeds programme, timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Transneft. Specialists of the divisions for environmental safety and rational nature management of Samara and Volgograd RPDs and of the Central Production Service Shop planted saplings of birch, mountain ash and acacia in the Tolyatti forestry and at the alley of the Park of Friendship between Volgograd and Baku, as well as in the Nash Dom square in Novokuibyshevsk.
Environmental safety and rational nature management continue to be one of the priorities for Transneft Volga Region in 2019. It is planned to revamp the production wastewater and storm water treatment plants of Bavly LODS of Buguruslan RPD, revamp water supply and drainage systems of Samara RPD’s oil blending station, replenish aquatic biological resources of rivers and water reservoirs and organise environmental clean-up events. In April, certification audits of environmental management systems will be held at the executive offices of Transneft Volga Region and Buguruslan RPD, as well as at Buguruslan MGPS.