Gazprom Neft is expanding its environmental monitoring system using state-of-the-art ecological monitoring stations in the Orenburg Oblast.
Gazprom Neft has commissioned four environmental monitoring stations and more than 100 air-quality monitoring sensors in the Orenburg Oblast. Total investment in this project will reach RUB2.3 billion by 2023.
Gazpromneft-Orenburg’s environmental monitoring system tracks air quality at one of the region’s most important oil-and-gas-condensate assets — the Orenburg field’s Eastern Block.* Data are transmitted to this facility’s control room, and to the Orenburg Oblast Integrated Environmental Monitoring System (accessible to all local people) in real time.**
Gazprom Neft will have installed two further environmental monitoring stations, as well as commissioning about 50 control sensors, by end-2021. This integrated eco-monitoring system will include more than 900 sensors, and 16 stations, in total, by that time. Air quality is also monitored by three mobile laboratories, equipped with gas-analysis and weather monitoring equipment.
A further 20 control posts will be commissioned over the next two years. Total investment in environmental protection initiatives under this project*** — which is due to be complete by 2023 — is expected to reach RUB2.3 billion.
“In developing the Eastern block of the Orenburg field we have been relying on Russian and international state-of-the-art best practices, both in oil and gas production and drilling, and in environmental monitoring. The innovative environmental control system developed by Gazprom Neft allows environmental monitoring round the clock, ensuring full efficiency as well as a high level of environmental and industrial safety in developing one of the most geologically challenging fields in the Volga-Urals region.”Victor Sorokin Head of Operations Management and Industrial Safety Systems Deployment, Gazprom Neft
“Gazpromneft-Orenburg is a centre for developing new technologies both in drilling, in bringing hard-to-recover reserves into production, and in digital production management, as well as in industrial safety. We have developed an innovative environmental monitoring system, meeting the latest international standards, and which is allowing us to develop one of the most environmentally challenging fields in the Orenburg region not just efficiently, but in harmony with the local ecosystem.”Evgeny Zagrebelny Director General, Gazpromneft-Orenburg
* This equipment monitors air’s nitrogen oxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and sulphur dioxide content, as well as the presence of hydrocarbons. In the event of maximum permissible contaminant concentrations being exceeded, the appropriate agencies are immediately informed through the system.
** Gazpromneft-Orenburg signed an agreement with the Orenburg Oblast’s Ministry of Natural Resources, Ecology and Property Relations on information sharing (data-interchange) through its Integrated Environmental Monitoring System in 2020. Information on air quality around the field is transmitted to the system, which collates data from observation points belonging to the Ministry of Natural Resources, resource-extraction enterprises in the region, and the Orenburg Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring Centre.
*** All of Gazpromneft-Orenburg’s environmental control initiatives at the Orenburg Oil and Gas Condensate Field’s Eastern Block are managed under the company’s SHIELD project. The company is using the latest equipment and materials, manufactured using special technology to be hydrogen-sulphide-resistant. Concurrently with this the company is also developing an air-quality monitoring system.