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Archive. Results. 2012

A task-level environmental protection program was developed as part of the 2012—2021 LUKOIL Group Development Strategy. The following strategic guidelines for environmental safety promotion were identified:

  • Achievement of 95% utilization of associated petroleum gas;

  • Ending discharge of effluent into natural water bodies;

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and obtaining additional income through implementation of the mechanisms of Article 6 of the Kyoto Protocol;

  • Fully overcoming the aftermath of previous environmental damage;

  • Obtaining a ratio no higher than 1x between waste accumulation and use/recycling of waste;

  • Reduction of pipeline failures and purification of land that has been damaged as a result of such failures

LUKOIL acknowledges its responsibility to society for rational use of natural resources and preservation of the environment. The Company therefore observes the highest standards of care for the environment and of industrial safety in its operations.

Over USD 700 million was allocated for environmental safety measures in 2012. A significant share of this money (more than 50%) was spent to protect air quality, including increased levels of associated gas utilization. A further 35% of the total were spent to address the consequences of accidents.

The Company achieved reduction of per unit environmental impact indicators in nearly all business sectors during 2012:
  • Release of pollutants into the atmosphere was reduced by nearly 14%, thanks mainly to steps as part of the corporate program to increase utilization of associated gas, thereby reducing combustion of the gas at field flares;

  • The area of polluted land was reduced by 17% thanks to reclamation work;

  • The number of incidents that caused damage to the environment was reduced by 12.5%. Nearly all of the accidents were caused by pipeline failures. Major repairs to pipelines are being carried out in order to minimize such failures.

Main environmental actions by LUKOIL Group organizations in 2012 are presented in the following table:

ObjectiveMain actions in 2012
Rational use of water resources,
preventing water pollution
  • Diagnostics and major repairs to pipelines (905 km, +36% compared with 2011) and application of corrosion inhibitors to pipelines.

  • Building preliminary water-discharge systems and systems for utilization of formation water.

  • Checking the condition of pipeline crossings over water.

  • Purification of polluted ground water from drainage systems.

  • Modernization of existing purification facilities and installation of new facilities.

Reduction of atmospheric
pollutant emissions
  • Modernization and construction of facilities to increase the rate of utilization of associated gas.

  • Modernization and construction of new, more efficient combined-cycle turbines at generating facilities.

  • Replacement of equipment for the reduction of pollutant emissions: replacement of lateral seals, modernization and replacement of furnaces, replacement of pumping equipment.

  • Better use of technologies: timely regulation of combustion in furnaces, boilers, etc.

Utilization of accumulated
waste containing oil
  • Increase of sub-contractor works to neutralize waste.

  • Construction of a complex for processing of waste containing oil.

  • Construction of specialized zones for utilization of production waste.

Preventing pollution and ensuring
rational use of land
  • Reclamation of disturbed land and land polluted by crude oil (2,464 and 159 hectares, respectively).

  • Diagnostics and major repairs to pipelines, and application of corrosion inhibitors.

Preserving biodiversity
  • Financing of work to replenish fish stocks.

  • Monitoring of environmental components.