Comprehensive drill held at CPC Marine Terminal
The comprehensive emergency response drill at the CPC Marine Terminal sea waters took place in Novorossiysk on 21 May 2019, CPC says in a press release. The Drill was conducted with the aim of streamlining interaction between the CPC’s own resources and third party resources mobilized for responding to the maximum estimated oil spill volume in accordance with the CPC-R Marine Terminal Oil Spill Response Plan updated in April 2019.
More than 150 specialists took part in the practical drill, 19 fleet units, 1.2 km long seaborne booms, 450 m long shoreline booms, 15 oil skimmers with total capacity of 635 cub.m / hour, as well as different types of oil spill response (OSR) equipment were involved.
At 10:07 Moscow time Alexey Pelipenko, Regional Manager, Marine Terminal, announced a scenario of simulated oil spill near the single point mooring (CPC SPM-2). The mooring master instructed the Operations Control Center (OCC) dispatcher to simulate the tanker lifting efforts. The vessels with OSR equipment immediately went to the drill location from the CPC small boat shelter and the Novorossiysk sea port. The vessels promptly grouped into six oil skimming formations.
As per the next scenario, the drill participants practiced the oil spill containment and response efforts at the shoreline. The personnel of the rescue and emergency response teams deployed onshore and coastal booms, oil skimmers, tanks for temporary storage of collected petroleum, performed simulated skimming of oil spots and demonstrated their readiness to finalize the skimming of water area and shoreline. The drill was over by 13:12 Moscow Time
CPC conducts at least 10 large-scale drills of oil spill response and fire extinquishing on an annual basis. Being a part of the Company’s industrial safety, labor and environmental protection policy, these activities are aimed at assuring the readiness of CPC and its ER Contractors’ resources and equipment for prompt emergency response and mitigation of their consequences in the Regions crossed by the trunk crude pipeline.
CPC Pipeline System is one of the major investment projects in energy sector with participation of foreign capital in the CIS. The length of the Tengiz–Novorossiysk Pipeline is 1,511 km; it transports over two thirds of all Kazakhstan export crude, as well as crude from Russian oil fields, including the Caspian Region. CPC Marine Terminal is equipped with three Single Point Moorings (SPM) that allow to load tankers safely at a significant distance offshore, also amid poor weather conditions.
CPC Shareholders: Russian Federation (represented by Transneft – 24% and CPC Company – 7%) – 31%; Republic of Kazakhstan (represented by KazMunayGaz – 19% and Kazakhstan Pipeline Ventures LLC – 1.75%) – 20.75%; Chevron Caspian Pipeline Consortium Company - 15%, LUKARCO B.V. - 12.5%, Mobil Caspian Pipeline Company – 7.5%, Rosneft-Shell Caspian Ventures Limited – 7.5%, BG Overseas Holding Limited - 2%, Eni International N.A. N.V. - 2% and Oryx Caspian Pipeline LLC – 1.75%.