LUKOIL AND GAZPROM NEFT PRACTISE OIL SPILL RESPONSE IN ARCTIC
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
LUKOIL and Gazprom neft ran joint exercise "Arctic-2017" to simulate oil spill response in ice conditions in Arkhangelsk region. The exercise took place in the Barents Sea, near the Varandey fixed ice-resistant offloading terminal and Prirazlomnaya ice-resistant platform.
The exercise was
initiated by the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment as part
of activities held under the Year of Environment in Russia. Emergency rescue
teams of the Ministry of Emergencies, Sovkomflot, Sea Rescue Service of the
Russian Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport,
LUKOIL-Trans, Gazprom Neft Shelf and other organizations also participated in the exercise. The exercise involved over 15 units of equipment, 2 specialized vessels and more than 100 employees from LUKOIL entities.
The exercise scenario called for participants to respond to a simulated oil spill in ice conditions near the Prirazlomnaya platform and protect the shore line near the Varandey village from oil pollution resulting from a collision between an oil tanker and a support vessel.
Results of the emergency response exercise have demonstrated that LUKOIL and Gazprom neft have sufficient manpower and resources to prevent and respond to oil spills in ice conditions of the Arctic seas.
The terminal features three levels of oil spill protection in case of any situation, including emergencies. The entire system operates automatically and guarantees safety of the environment. The terminal operates in line with the zero discharge principle adopted by LUKOIL meaning that not a single drop of production or household waste is discharged into Arctic waters.
Varandey terminal facilities also include a shore-based tank farm and two subsea pipelines. All tanks have a double wall design to prevent any oil leaks or spills.