On 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
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
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%.