On 16 February 2016, Sredne-Volzhsky Transnefteproduct Held an Emergency Response Drill

Date of publication: 18 February 2016 Print

On 16 February 2016, Sredne-Volzhsky Transnefteproduct held an emergency response drill, pursuant to the Oil Product Spill Elimination Plan (OPSEP) and in-situ testing for OPSEP verification at the Volga river. The main target of the emergency response drill:
- to maintain permanent readiness of the forces and means intended for eliminating emergencies, incidents, failures at OPTP underwater crossings and resulting consequences;
- training employees of SVTNP business units in response to, containment and elimination of emergencies, incidents and failures at OPTP underwater crossings and resulting consequences; preserving staff lives and health; reducing damage to the environment and financial losses.
The ERD (OPSEP in-situ testing) engaged 60+ persons, inter alia emergency repair service (ERS) staff of Kovali, Mikhailovka, and Tingovatovo pump stations, Sredne-Volzhsky TNP professionals, plus some 23 special vehicles and process equipment units: ice cutters, diesel power plants, power saws, oil skimmers, tents, blow heaters, winter booms and oil product collection tanks.
The following tasks were solved during in-situ testing for OPSEP verification:
- checking parameters and environment at verification site, adopted in OPSEP calculations; 
- checking deliverability of forces and means to the boomed sites within the timeframe given in the OPSEP; 
- checking accuracy of selecting locations and layout of booms as per the OPSEP; 
- checking the time the staff consumed to complete separate work stages and altogether to contain an oil product spill for compliance with the standards given in the OPSEP; 
- checking compliance of the forces and means included in the OPSEP with those actually available at the ERS and employed in the verification; 
- checking sufficiency of organizational and technical arrangements aimed at oil product spill containment at OPTP underwater crossings defined in the OPSEP; 
- checking interaction between units, services engaged in the oil product spill containment for compliance with the OPSEP; 
- checking the system of alerting officers and entities included into the OPSEP for accuracy of their telephone numbers and relevant contacts; 
- checking compliance with the industrial, fire, environmental safety, occupational health and road traffic safety regulations. 
The emergency response drill to verify the OPSEP and the OPSEP in-situ testing are closely approximate to real conditions, so the programs include the stages compulsory for practicing by all services and units engaged in the drill. These cover patrol inspection of the Volga river underwater crossing where a pressure drop was spotted, identifying the cause, making of slots and ice holes within the containment areas No. 1 and No. 2 boundaries, deployment of winter booms and oil skimmers, oil product containment and collection into tanks using booms. During the work SVTNP professionals take water and soil samples, analyze the gas content in air.
The Statement of the OPSEP Adjustment was executed based on results of the ERD and the Volga river in-situ testing.
Subject to evaluations of the SVTNP management and a representative for Transneft UW Service, JSC, the emergency response drill (in-situ OPSEP testing) at the Volga river underwater crossing proved successful, all targets were obtained. The response staff fulfilled their tasks in good time, subject to the ERD Program and the OPSEP in-situ testing at the Volga river underwater crossing, plus all process switchovers were simulated. The ERS employees in full performed all actions required to eliminate a simulated oil product spill, thus corroborating their readiness to respond to emergencies.