Igor Zaikin, Head of Department for Industrial Safety, Environment, Research and
Technology of OAO LUKOIL, spoke at the conference titled ‘New Technologies to
Solve Environmental Problems of the Fuel and Energy Industry’, which was held at
Gubkin Russian State Oil and Gas University, Moscow.
In his report, among other things he
emphasized that the implementation of corporate programs aimed at providing
environmental safety helped reduce environmental impact of LUKOIL companies
considerably. For instance, specific indices of environmental impact for the
Company are on average 1.5-2 times lower than industry average indices for the
Russian Federation. Over the last decade, the use of associated petroleum gas
has risen from 73% to 79%, over 4 mln tn of hazardous waste have been treated,
over 8,380 km of pipelines have been overhauled, 2,752 slurry ponds have been
liquidated, 3,270 ha of oil contaminated land have been resoiled.
steady trend in waste reduction has been an issue for several years now. Waste
treatment volumes outnumber waste production output by far. Thus, in 2006 the
excess amounted to approximately 120 ths tn.
Company eliminated damage caused by one of the largest accidents in the history
of global oil production, the accident which took place in 1994 at the pipeline
Vozei-Golovnye Sooruzheniya in Komi Republic (LUKOIL bought KomiTEK, the owner
of the oil pipeline, in 1999). After the target corporate program had been
implemented, Usinsk region ceased to remain ‘area of environmental
and upgrade of LUKOIL refineries
helped reduce their environmental impact considerably. Thus, in particular,
specific indices of air emission at Volgograd and Perm refineries fell by a
factor of 2.6 and 4.5 respectively. Today, average waste specific indice (1.48
kg/tn of process oil) for Company refineries is half the respective figure for
the Russian refineries (3.05 kg/tn). Starting from 2004, Company refineries have
completely ceased dirty discharge to water bodies.
indice of emissions at LUKOIL oil producing companies decreased by half (from
1.04 to 0.5 kg/tn of products sold), specific indice of dirty discharge to
surface water and land fell by a factor of 5 (from 0.05 to 0.01 cu m/tn of
products sold), specific indice of water consumption - by a factor of 6 (from
0.33 to 0.05 cu m/tn of products sold).
Starting from 1996, OOO LUKOIL-Permnefteorgsintez was the
first enterprise in Russia to launch production of unleaded gasoline only and
one of the first (since 2001) companies to commence production of diesel fuel
with sulfur content not higher than 0.035 mass %. In September 2004, following
the commissioning of a deeper conversion facility, the Company launched
production of diesel fuel with sulfur content not higher than 0.005 mass
suggests that the use of low-sulfur diesel fuel in Perm region alone will help
reduce sulfur-dioxide emissions by 950 tn per year, and by 2,700 tn per year in
Russia. By using motor fuel with reduced benzol content, a considerable
reduction of aromatics emissions into the atmosphere is
February 2006, LUKOIL launched gasoline production complying with the
requirements of the European EURO-3 standard. That became possible by
commissioning an isomerization unit of catalytic reforming at OAO
LUKOIL-Nizhegorodnefteorgsintez. New gasoline produced under the EKTO brand
(environmentally friendly fuel) provides for significant reduction of hazardous
substances in exhaust fumes.
occupational and environmental systems of the Company complying with the
requirements of international standards are fully functioning in all companies
of the LUKOIL Group. In 2001 OAO LUKOIL was the first Russian oil company to
14001 and OHSAS 18001 compliance certificates. At present, all main subsidiaries
of the Company are in possession of such certificates.
environmental risks insurance coverage of the Company amounts to 15 bln dollars.
In accordance with the new environmental program LUKOIL plans to spend about 1.7
bln dollars till 2010.