Industrial safety

Reliability management is underpinned by risk assessment at all stages of the life cycle of a production facility, from design to dismantling and reclamation. At the operational stage, the company strives to ensure failure-free operation of equipment and reduce the frequency of repairs.

To assess technology-related risks in the course of design, construction, operation and decommissioning of facilities, the company uses international methodologies, such as HAZID/ENVID (hazard identification), HAZOP (hazard and operability study), and PHSER (HSE risk analysis).

In order to ensure failure-free operation of equipment throughout its life, Gazprom Neft uses state-of-the-art approaches and assessment tools: RCM, RBI, and RCAThe RCM (Reliability-Centred Maintenance) methodology makes it possible to identify and carry out maintenance focused on ensuring reliability. The RBI (Risk-Based Inspections) methodology involves monitoring the technical condition of equipment based on the findings of risk analysis of how the equipment is operating. The RCA (Root Cause Analysis) methodology helps to analyse losses that account for most of the damage in order to prevent them from recurring in the future.. They enable the company to rank equipment based on how critically important it is for the production process, with a particular focus on highly critical facilities. In this way, it introduces a failure analysis system for investigating failures and classifying their causes, and uses these statistics to manage this process efficiently.

In the reporting year, the company recorded 920 incidents and no industrial accidents at its hazardous production facilities.

In 2019, Gazprom Neft piloted a remote safety-monitoring system at its hazardous production facilities. This is a software and hardware system that enables the company to continuously receive, process and transmit real-time information on the characteristics of production processes and processes supporting the operation of hazardous production facilities and ensuring their safety, on the status and activation of emergency shutdown systems, on the condition of technical equipment, and on accidents and incidents recorded at hazardous production facilities.

The project was designed, in association with the Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Supervision (Rostechnadzor), to create a system that monitors safety parameters remotely, transmitting safety data prescribed by regulations to a Rostechnadzor situation centre, and generating safety reports.

Changes in accident ratesAccording to the classification of the Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Supervision (Rostechnadzor).
Changes in accident rates

Emergency preparedness

The company has in place an Emergency Prevention and Response System. This system is used for:

  • planning and deploying emergency prevention measures;
  • protecting employees and production facilities;
  • improving the resilience of production facilities;
  • reducing the risk of man-made emergencies;
  • minimising property damage caused by emergencies;
  • responding to both natural and man-made emergencies in accordance with the relevant action plans.

The company runs an annual drill and training programme. As part of this programme, Gazprom Neft employees and executives rehearse the following actions:

  • emergency alerts;
  • assembling officials; communicating with municipal and site-level emergency management teams forming part of the National Emergency Management System (NEMS);
  • mobilising professional emergency and rescue teams;
  • safe shutdown of equipment;
  • emergency containment;
  • using personal protective equipment and basic fire-fighting equipment;
  • providing medical aid to the injured.
Prirazlomnaya: an island of safety

Gazprom Neft has conducted a successful comprehensive spill-response drill near the Prirazlomnaya platform in the Pechora Sea, and on the coast near the town of Varandey and Dolgy Island.

Drill participants practised responding to the largest possible oil spill (affecting an area of 10,446 square metres) in the vicinity of the platform, protecting the coastline around the town of Varandey, and transporting rescue teams and equipment to Dolgy Island.

During the drill, particular focus was given to rescuing and rehabilitating wild birds affected by the oil spill. For this purpose, the company engaged specialists from the Nenets Nature Reserve, Marine Arctic Geological Expedition, and the Marine Research Centre of Lomonosov Moscow State University.

A total of 86 people took part in this drill, including oil workers, rescuers, ecologists, and six observers from the Northern Branch of the Marine Rescue Service, the Main Office of the Ministry for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Disaster Relief of the Russian Federation in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the Administration of the Zapolyarny District, and Gazprom Neft Shelf.

The outcomes of the drill have proved that the logistics management and specialists working on the Prirazlomnaya platform and in the Varandey terminal are well-equipped to respond to an oil spill and to clean it up.