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CPC Comprehensive Drill Conducted in Krasnodar Krai

3 анонс.jpgOn 14 March 2023, Caspian Pipeline Consortium conducted a comprehensive drill at its Krasnodar Krai facilities to contain and respond to oil spills. The exercise involving in total 78 persons and 56 units of equipment took place at Kropotkin PS and at KP 1216 of Tengiz-Novorossiysk crude pipeline (river Chelbas crossing).

According to the drill scenario, as a result of an unfavorable weather forecast - drastic drop of air temperature - CPC-R and Contractors’ resources and equipment were put on high alert. According to the exercise setting, further simulated destruction of the RVSPK-50000A oil tank at Kropotkin PS site and simulated rupture of the crude pipeline caused by surge with oil getting into the Chelbas river occurred simultaneously.

In these simulated accidents, the maximum possible volume of oil spilled from the tank could be 50,000 m3 (42,000 t), the maximum oil spill in the area of underwater crossing could be 11,801.73 m3 (9,913.45 t).

The emergency sections of the pipeline were conditionally shut off with block valves. Resources and vehicles of the Professional emergency response unit (PERU) were sent to the spill location. State executive authorities and competent organizations were notified promptly. Security specialists arranged a cordon around the oil spill, controlling the access of people and vehicles to the sites of containment and elimination of consequences.6.JPG

Five hypothetically injured persons were evacuated from Kropotkin PS and received first aid. The simulated oil spill on land was contained by the construction of a barrier with retaining walls. A field trunk pipeline was laid, oil was pumped out of a pit, oil-contaminated soil and oil-contaminated waste were collected and loaded, oil was washed off the concrete surface of the dyking, and a simulated oil fire was extinguished at the PS booster pumps site.

The main containment barrier (consisting of three boom lines) was installed on the Chelbas river, completely blocking the riverbed and holding back the emergency volume of oil. The skimmer collected the oil from the water surface into a temporary storage tank, and then the oil was pumped into a tank truck with a pump and moved to the PS. The bank line in the area of the simulated spill was treated with sorbents.

The drill results were assessed by a commission consisting of representatives of Krasnodar Krai Kavkazsky District Administration, Krasnodar Krai Russia MChS, Rosprirodnadzor and Rostekhnadzor. The departmental commission’s assessment confirmed the Consortium’s readiness to contain and respond to oil spills within the timeline established by the law in accordance with CPC-R Oil Spill Prevention and Response Plan in Krasnodar Krai.7.JPG

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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%.