The Gazprom Neft Omsk oil storage facility (tank farm), Gazpromneft-Terminal, has been awarded the Grand Prix at the IV International Awards for the Best Oil Terminals and Tank Farms in Russia, the CIS and Baltic countries, held as part of this year’s 10th annual Congress on Crude Oil, LPG and Petroleum Products Trading and Transportation — Oil Terminal 2015, St Petersburg. The facility was nominated in the “Best tank farm in Russia and the CIS: innovations and safety” category.
The Omsk tank farm became, in 2014, the first to see work completed as part of an extensive refurbishment program of Gazprom Neft’s oil storage facilities. Modernisation of the Omsk tank farm has allowed significant improvements in production efficiency, lower costs in oil transhipment and storage, and better safety throughout the facility. The tank farm is fully automated, with a metering system for oil products now installed, a self-service system for drivers reducing off-loading times three-fold, and new software removing any possibility of inaccuracies in oil volumes offloaded.
Considerable attention has been paid to the safety and technological and environmental reliability of the facility throughout its reconstruction, including the installation of a high-spec emergency shut-down system, with sensors monitoring air quality and controlling fuel levels, and an automatic fire-control system. The commissioning of a vapour control unit has minimised any emission of hydrocarbons into the atmosphere, through the use of a cutting-edge bottom-loading air-proofing system.
Gazprom Neft Regional Sales Director Alexander Krylov commented: “The reconstruction of our oil storage facilities (and the construction of new ones) is a priority initiative for our company. Maintaining our own oil tanks means we can guarantee both fuel quality and volumes, as well as making operations more technological and high-skilled. The Omsk facility’s operation in its first year following refurbishment demonstrates how, through almost total automation, a facility can set new industry standards in both efficiency and safety, as well as in overall service standards. We will be making full use of the experience we have gained in revamping other oil storage facilities throughout the company.”