Yesterday LUKOIL had a command and staff training on oil
spill response in the vicinity of Varandey Oil Export Terminal (‘VOET’).
goals of the training are: VOET staff drills for regional oil spill containment
and response, estimation of the terminal equipment and opportunities for
attracting regional forces and facilities in compliance with the Regional
Emergency Oil Spill Response Plan in the Western sector of the Arctic.
other things, the participants faced research tasks which included analysis of
operation conditions and peculiarities of emergency oil spills response under
Arctic conditions, cleaning management of oil contaminated coastline,
feasibility study of the coastline and water area cleaning
of the Russian Marine and River Fleet, EMERCOM of Russia, State
Maritime Administration of Russia, Research Institute of Marine Fleet, ZAO
Tranzas, estimation and analysis group, attended the training.
to the training scenario, a tanker loaded with crude oil, crashed near the fixed
offshore ice-resistant offloading terminal, which is part of VOET. As the result
of the accident, the tanker had a hull damage at the waterline and an oil spill.
Oil spill in the sea may amount to 1,500 tons.
conformity with the Oil Spill Response Plan, the following steps are to be
of VOET for oil spill containment within a specified time frame, development of
forces and facilities for oil spill response offshore, deployment of onshore
forces in the area of probable oil spill at the coast;
of regional forces and facilities and their participation in the operation
according to Regional Emergency Oil Spill Response Plan in the Western sector of
of forces and facilities of oil companies operating in the Barents Sea;
of forces and facilities from Norway according to the Agreement of 1994 between
the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Kingdom of
Norway on cooperation in oil pollution control in the Barents Sea;
of EMERCOM of Russia forces in
the area of probable oil spill at the coast;
protection activities and coastline cleaning operations according to the results
of forecasted oil spill at the coast;
oil pollution at each operation stage;
of collected oily mixture and its delivery to an onshore reception
storage and management (transportation) of liquid and solid waste collected
during coast protection activities and coastline cleaning operations.
Barkov, Vice-President of OAO LUKOIL summarized the results of the command and
staff training, saying, ‘Varandey Oil Export Terminal is a unique production
facility, constructed in accordance with the most advanced technologies and
state-of-the-art environmental techniques. It is located at the Barents Sea
coast, in the permafrost area. Natural climatic conditions of the area urged the
Company to guarantee prevention of any environmental impact. The training held
today proved that LUKOIL has the experience and opportunities for safe terminal
operation under Arctic conditions’.
is used for sea export of oil produced by LUKOIL in the northern part of the
Nenets Autonomous District. The Company is currently increasing throughput
capacity of the terminal to 12 mln tn per year. The plan is to export oil via
the shortest route including to the North American market after the terminal’s
capacity has been increased.
upgraded VOET is to be commissioned during the fourth quarter of 2007.