Gazprom Neft is collaborating with Russian research centres, leading designers, equipment manufacturers and technology providers, and using best industry practices to minimise environmental impact, prevent pipeline accidents and preserve the environment in the regions where the company operates.
Since 2009, Gazprom Neft’s integrated 'Clean Territory' programme has been in place to improve pipeline reliability. By upgrading and replacing existing pipelines this programme aims to minimise and prevent pipeline system failures.
Gazprom Neft uses efficient materials for pipeline construction, employs innovative pipeline inspection techniques and the most effective internal and external corrosion inhibitors and anti-corrosion protection methods. A constant focus on R&D efforts and improving infrastructure solutions is working to reduce accident frequencies.
Drones are used for monitoring the oil fields. Pipeline pigs are used to detect potentially unsafe pipeline sections, while full-scale corrosion inhibitor tests extend the service life of pipelines. Pilot tests of a new pipeline rehabilitation technology will make it possible to repair damaged pipeline sections without performing earthmoving operations that disturb the topsoil along the pipeline route.
In 2014, Gazprom Neft reduced air pollutant emissions, including greenhouse gas emissions, thanks to its petroleum gas utilisation programme at production facilities and the process facility upgrade and retrofitting programme. In 2015-2016, the Russian government will form a regulatory, legislative, procedural and institutional framework for implementing and supporting a greenhouse gas monitoring and reporting system in Russia and will develop procedural recommendations on maintaining an inventory of emissions from sources of greenhouse gases. In line with this, Gazprom Neft will approve solutions for developing site-specific greenhouse gas emission reduction programmes.