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Kuban legislative assembly deputies visit CPC MT

DSCF4062.jpgOn 3 February 2023 a delegation of Krasnodar Krai legislative assembly deputies visited the CPC marine terminal near Novorossiysk.  The visitors made a tour of the consortium’s facilities and were comprehensively briefed on the modern and safe technologies used to store, transport, and transship crude oil using single point moorings.

The CPC marine terminal (MT) is a sophisticated technological facility consisting of the following main elements: a tank farm (TF), an inter-site process pipeline, a shore facility (SF) with pressure control units and custody transfer meters, subsea process pipelines and single point moorings with subsea and floating hoses.

First crude oil goes from a mainline pipeline into the tank farm located in the mountains. The tank farm is one of Russia’s largest crude oil storage facilities with a total capacity of 1 mln tons. These are ten 100,000 m3 tanks equipped with automatic fire-fighting systems surrounded with robust reliable concrete containment dikes capable of holding 120% of each tank's contents.

To exclude any oil vapor emissions the tanks are equipped with specially designed floating roofs with rigid second seals. A feature of this technology is that the roof lays right on the crude oil, which prevents any volatile hydrocarbons from getting into the atmosphere.

All process and domestic effluents are taken out by closed drainage systems to high-tech treatment facilities. Wastewater is cleaned up to the level of water used for fishery but does not leave the Marine Terminal as it is used for fire-fighting.

The oil loading technology is based on gravity flow due to difference of elevations between the tank farm and the shore facility. Due to the difference in hydrostatic pressure, crude oil glows by gravity from the tank farm through the inter-site pipeline to the shore facility and then through the subsea pipelines to the single point moorings, from where it is lifted by two floating loading hoses into tankers.

The single point moorings are located far from the shore (about 5 km), allowing loading in a safe manner, including in inclement weather conditions.

The Krasnodar Krai legislative assembly deputies were briefed on environmental monitoring results in 2022 and a stationary atmospheric air monitoring system post recently launched in pilot operation in the oil loading area at the marine terminal.  The post is equipped with calibrated sensors and located on the boundary of a sanitary protection zone of the marine terminal near the Yuzhnaya Ozereevka village. In the near future, measurement results will start being published on the CPC Panorama corporate magazine website  www.cpc-online.ru in a designated section called “Eco Informer”.

Marine terminal experts also told the visitors about the results of the company’s facilities inspections and audits conducted in the Russian Federation  by regulatory and supervisory agencies in 2022 and actions completed and findings closed as follow-up.

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CPC Pipeline 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 weather conditions.

CPC Shareholders: 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%.