On December 13, 2019 lecturers and students of Novorossiysk Polytechnic Institute visited CPC Marine Terminal facilities. Alexey Pelipenko, MT Regional Manager, held a tour for the guests from the Institute, a branch of Kuban State Technical University. Lecturers and students studying construction were shown Consortium’s Marine Terminal Tank Farm and Shore Facilities.
The Tank Farm located in the mountains consists of 10 tanks 100,000 m3 each. This is one of the largest oil storage terminals in Russia. All the tanks have floating roofs preventing contact with atmosphere, automatic fire suppression systems and are located inside strong concrete dikes that can hold 120% of each tank volume. The tanks are located 250 m above the sea level. From the Tank Farm oil flows by gravity via a 56 inch oil loading pipeline to the Shore Facilities. The flow is routed via a pressure letdown station to custody transfer meters and then via a subsea pipeline goes to the tanks with the help of one of the three Single Point Mooring units (SPM).
With the capacity increase of Tengiz-Novorossiysk pipeline system following completion of Expansion Project in 2017, throughput capacity of CPC system reached 67 million tons of crude oil per annum. Debottlenecking Program currently implemented by the Consortium will help bring this figure to almost 80 M tons of crude oil per annum in 2022.
From 2001 to 2019 the Marine Terminal has loaded over 6 thousand tankers. The maximum deadweight of the vessels that CPC oil loading terminal can receive is 300 thousand tons.
Other topics discussed during the student tour were: SCADA system; environmental, seismic and industrial safety measures; general CPC approach to operational efficiency and reliability; redundant systems to guarantee that any leaks are prevented, minimized and eliminated, as well as other topics.
CPC specialists answered additional questions from students and lecturers. After the event, the participants thanked the receiving party and noted that the tour was interesting and informative. Guests also said they would like to participate in an event like this again.
CPC Pipeline System is one of the major investment projects in energy sector with participation of foreign capital in the CIS. The length of the Tengiz–Novorossiysk Pipeline is 1,511 km; it transports over two thirds of all Kazakhstan export crude, as well as crude from Russian oil fields, including the Caspian Region. CPC Marine Terminal is equipped with three Single Point Moorings (SPM) that allow to load tankers safely at a significant distance offshore, also amid poor weather conditions.
CPC Shareholders: CPC Shareholders are Russian Federation (represented by Transneft – 24% and CPC Company – 7 %) – 31%; Republic of Kazakhstan (represented by KazMunayGas – 19% and Kazakhstan Pipeline Ventures LLC - 1,75%) – 20,75%; Chevron Caspian Pipeline Consortium Company - 15%, LUKARCO B.V. - 12,5%, Mobil Caspian Pipeline Company - 7,5%, Rosneft-Shell Caspian Ventures Limited - 7,5%, BG Overseas Holding Limited - 2%, Eni International N.A. N.V. - 2% and Oryx Caspian Pipeline LLC - 1.75%.