Transneft Central Siberia has finished preparing its operational facilities for operation in the autumn and winter of 2018 and 2019. Certificate of readiness of the Company’s trunk pipeline facilities for steady operation was sent to Transneft.
Large-scale work was done from April to August of the current year. Nine boiler houses were prepared at oil pumping stations (PSs): maintenance and repairs of boilers, process equipment, automation and fuel systems were performed. Heat supply and heating networks were prepared at 228 buildings and structures of the Company. Operability of industrial and utility drainage and treatment systems was checked.
At oil trunk pipelines (OTPs), specialists performed seasonal maintenance of more than 600 valve units, checking their full open/close operation, operability of the OTP’s oil leakage detection systems, inspected approximately 954 km of power lines. Warning signs were checked at railway and motor road crossings of pipelines. Preparation of the Company’s tank farm for autumn and winter operation involved 18 tanks; dead ends and non-flowing sections and valves were flushed with oil.
Apart from that, all operational facilities of Transneft Central Siberia have been completed with firefighting and fire safety equipment. Observation points with all the required inventory and materials to respond to an emergency were arranged at underwater crossings of oil and petroleum products trunk pipelines.
“In preparation for operation during autumn and winter, maintaining trunk pipelines is key to ensure reliability of their functioning and to adhere to the high industrial and environmental safety standards,” explained Vasily Promakhov, Oil Pipeline Operation Section Head at Transneft Central Siberia.