On December 2022, the oil spill containment and
response drills at the trunk pipeline segment were conducted in Astrakhan
Oblast. 20 professionals and 10 vehicles were engaged in response operations at
KP548 of the Tengiz-Novorossiysk trunk oil pipeline.
According to the scenario, the on-duty A-PS-4A
shift received a call from a local resident about oil spill at the trunk
pipeline between the Bolshoy Ashuluk river and the Gryazny yerik. The Shift
Supervisor reported this information to the PS Head and the OCC Pipeline
Dispatcher. The latter conditionally shut down the emergency segment and
launched the mobilization of professional rescue teams. Government authorities
and regulators were also notified promptly.
Representatives of CPC and STARSTROI, a contractor,
arrived on site within the established timeframe and conducted reconnaissance
that defined areas of high-priority protection and high-risk zones. Further,
they deployed 120m of special retainer walls, installed dams, used oil skimming
equipment with the total capacity of 345 m3/h.
In the course of operations, the area of drills
was conditionally fenced, oil skimming and pipeline repairs with practical
exercises of individual operations were simulated. The fire department squad
performed a test foam run. Three dump trucks with the capacity of 10 m3 each
were used to practice the removal of oil-contaminated soil and waste for
disposal.Drill results were evaluated by the Commission,
including representatives of the municipal administration, EMERCOM of Russia,
Rosprirodnadzor, Rostekhnadzor, etc. The Commission in its assessment confirmed
the feasibility of the new regional CPC-R Oil Spill Response Plan (OSR Plan)
and sufficiency of resources and equipment the Company has to contain and
respond to the maximum possible oil spills in Astrakhan Oblast.
CPC conducts at least 10 large-scale oil spill
response and fire extinguishing drills annually. Large-scale exercises are
conducted on a regular basis, allowing to assess the readiness of CPC pipeline
operation teams, Security and dispatchers of the Consortium to emergencies.
Thirteen scheduled drills were conducted in 2022 along the entire
Tengiz-Novorossiysk crude pipeline route.
System is one of the major investment projects with foreign capital in energy
sector in the CIS. The length of the Tengiz – Novorossiysk pipeline is 1,511
km. This route transports over two-thirds of all Kazakhstan export crude, as
well as crude from Russian oil fields, including those in 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
Federal Agency for State Property Management represented by Transneft (trust
management) – 24%, CPC Company – 7%, KazmunayGas – 19%, Kazakhstan Pipeline
Ventures LLC – 1.75%, 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. S.ar.l. – 2% and Oryx Caspian Pipeline LLC – 1.75%.