Per the drills script, at CPC MT Shore Facilities, after a direct lightning strike to RVSPK-9500 multipurpose tank shell “the gas-air mix exploded with a further tank fire”. The OCC Dispatcher received a “fire” signal, activated the loud siren, stopped the tanker loading in simulation mode and performed actions simulating the tanker sailing from the single point mooring.
Per the drills concept, the multipurpose tank automatic fire suppression system was actuated, but due to the floating roof flooding the fire extended to full surface - 638m2. Thus, “the fight against fire” was joined by the mobile fire machinery and CROSSFIRE monitors that promptly arrived to the scene and were used for a series of three foam attacks.
During the event, work arrangement techniques and procedures were successfully trained for brigades management during fire extinguishing at trunk crude pipeline facilities, the tank fire protection systems performance and external fire water supply sources operability were checked. CPC and the Federal Fire-fighting Service of the EMS of Russia representatives demonstrated full interaction during a simulated fire response at MT Shore Facilities.
In 2018 there were two exercises and 76 drills completed at CPC MT. To verify the event participants’ readiness a wide range of abnormal situations is always simulated, including those developing under non-standard scenarios.
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: Russian Federation (represented by Transneft – 24% and CPC Company – 7%) – 31%; Republic of Kazakhstan (represented by KazMunayGaz – 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%.