Gazprom Neft has demonstrated a high level of readiness for oil spill response in the Arctic

Gazprom Neft successfully conducted complex exercises on search and rescue of people and oil spill response in the area of the Prirazlomnaya platform in the Pechora Sea, as well as on the Varandey village shorefront protection from the oil pollution. Summer exercises of 2018 were the first after the updated oil spill response plan implementation (OSR). The event results confirmed the high level of company readiness to respond to emergency situations, demonstrated effective collaboration of Gazprom Neft rescue and emergency units, as well as of all the participants and cooperating organizations.

The complex exercises conduction involved the resources, owned by the company, including professional emergency rescue team Ecoshelf-Baltika, Gazprom Avia aircraft, and forces of oil spill response organization Varandey terminal.

The purpose of the exercise is to respond to the oil spill, occurred as a result of the hydrocarbon crude tank depressurization at the Prirazlomnaya platform. The personnel and icebreaking fleet mobilised to implement rescue and emergency work on elimination of the simulated oil spill using OSR equipment. Constant monitoring of the Pechora Sea in the Prirazlomnaya area, the Varandey village, and far islands territory were organised by the aircraft, as well as immediate boom and shore OSR equipment installation to prevent the Varandey village and Dolgiy Island shorefront pollution. The rescue team, shift camp for emergency situations and equipment came to the island by air.

For the first time, as part of the exercise, were organised and carried out activities to rescue wild birds nesting on the coast.

The exercises finished on Dolgiy Island with the protection of the shorefront, showing professional preparation and proving effective collaboration in the severe conditions of the Arctic zone. Planned activities of the exercise completed successfully.

“The technologies we use at the Prirazlomnaya platform minimize the risks of emergencies however, we must always be prepared for any abnormal situation. First of all, we must assure the full platform personnel protection and to eliminate threat of the negative impact on the Arctic ecosystem,” said Andrey Patrushev, Deputy General Director of Offshore Projects Development, Gazprom Neft.

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