Gazprom Neft is developing requriements for an industry-wide air-quality monitoring system in conjunction with the Federal Service for the Supervision of Natural Resources Usage

Gazprom Neft, the Federal Service for the Supervision of Natural Resources Usage (Rosprirodnadzor) and the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation have signed an agreement on cooperation at this year’s Russian Investment Forum in Sochi. The aim of the agreement is to undertake a pilot project to implement an ambient air quality monitoring system (AAQMS) throughout the refining industry, using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. The agreement was signed by Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov together with Artyom Sidorov, Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment of the Russian Federation and Head of the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources Usage (Rosprirodnadzor).

Pursuant to this agreement, Gazprom Neft’s Moscow and Omsk Refineries will become pilot test facilities for the development of inclusive federal requirements regarding technical solutions and design techniques in industry monitoring systems. Testing will be undertaken at two installations. Gas analysers (sensors) installed at these facilities will transmit data to supervisory agencies, in real time. The results of these pilot tests will form the basis for government regulatory standards for equipping ambient air-quality monitoring systems (AAQMS) at all refining industry enterprises.

Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov commented: «Care for the environment is one of Gazprom Neft’s key priorities, and we are open to governmental and public oversight of the environmental friendliness of our activities. We have today concluded an agreement under which AAQMS data from our refineries in Moscow and Omsk will be transmitted to Rosprirodnadzor, in real time. Gazprom Neft was invited onto this pilot project as a result of the company’s experience in establishing a cutting-edge air-quality monitoring system at our Moscow Refinery. We will be delighted if the results of our work prove useful in developing industry standards for such systems».

Artyom Sidorov, Head of the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources Usage (Rosprirodnadzor) confirmed: «We were given an insight into the work of its automated air quality monitoring system during a recent visit to the Moscow Refinery. We have agreed with Gazprom Neft that a similar system will shortly be installed at its Omsk Refinery. These pilot projects will help us formulate standards which will, in the next few years, allow the implementation of automatic emissions control systems at Russian enterprises, which should then transfer to best available technologies (BAT)».

Notes for editors

Gazprom Neft together with the specialist «Mosecomonitoring» division of the State Budgetary Environmental Agency is implementing a cutting-edge automated ambient air-quality monitoring system (AAQMS) at its Moscow Refinery. The system includes eight posts monitoring certain parameters in the operation of key production facilities at the plant. An AAQMS is also planned for the Omsk Refinery.