Gazprom Neft puts the finishing touches to its environmental monitoring system in Orenburg

Gazpromneft-Orenburg is using the latest environmental monitoring stations and modern mobile laboratories to expand its environmental monitoring system. The business’s total investment in environmental initiatives in 2019 is expected to exceed RUB1.8 billion.

Gazpromneft-Orenburg has finished putting in place a fleet of cutting-edge mobile environmental laboratories (eco-labs), with the most recent — built on a KamAZ chassis — being launched during a day shift at the Eastern Block of the Orenburg Oil and Gas Condensate Field in July. Thanks to its greater cross-country manoeuvrability, this vehicle will facilitate complete monitoring of air quality around this area — which is marked by high hydrogen-sulphide content — during the winter and post-winter seasons. A total three mobile eco-labs two of which are built on a Gazelle chassis, are now monitoring the perimeter of the field.

The new mobile environmental monitoring station is equipped with gas analysis equipment and a meteorological complex (weather station), with cutting-edge equipment measuring atmospheric air content, humidity, pressure, temperature, and wind speed and direction, round-the-clock.

Gazpromneft-Orenburg has also commissioned nine fixed environmental monitoring posts in 2019, with another due to be commissioned before the end of the year. These stations monitor air quality in those population centres closest to the Eastern Block of the Orenburg Oil and Gas Condensate Field, with each of them measuring nitric oxide, nitric dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrogen suphide and sulphur dioxide levels, as well as the presence of hydrocarbons in the air, 24 hours a day. Data from these mobile laboratories and environmental monitoring stations are transmitted automatically, online, to the business’s integrated environmental air quality monitoring service.

Gazpromneft-Orenburg will be allocating more than RUB1.8 billion to environmental programmes in 2019; the business’s key priorities here being focussed on improving usage of associated petroleum gas (APG), environmental monitoring, atmospheric air protection, land and soil protection and rehabilitation, and landscaping and land reclamation.

Irek Khabipov, CEO, Gazpromneft-Orenburg, commented: “In developing the Orenburg oil and gas condensate cluster we are drawing on domestic and international best practice in working with high hydrogen-sulphide concentration deposits. Complying with the highest standards in industrial and environmental safety is a priority for the company. The eco-monitoring system developed by us is making it possible to monitor air quality at the Eastern Block of the Orenburg Oil and Gas Condensate Field online, and to solve all production challenges in a way that ensures the safety of the environment, our employees, and the residents of the Oblast.”
Irek Khabipov
Irek Khabipov CEO, Gazpromneft-Orenburg
Notes for editors

Gazpromneft-Orenburg’s environmental monitoring system includes laboratories, fixed monitoring stations near population settlements, and more than 500 in-field sensors. These measure hydrogen-sulphide levels in the air throughout the day and night, at all key production facilities at the Orenburg Oil and Gas Condensate Field’s Eastern Block, including wellheads and well clusters.

All Gazpromneft-Orenburg environmental control initiatives at the Orenburg Oil and Gas Condensate Field’s Eastern Block are managed under the company’s SHIELD programme — an investment project directed at ensuring the full protection of all employees and local residents. This project includes both launching fixed stations and mobile eco-labs, as well as putting in place a software complex for analysing data and air quality, as well as for predicting air flows.