Study of global best practice and participation in the legislative process
Study of global best practice
In 2017 a meeting was held between LUKOIL specialists and the specialists of leading oil and gas companies and engineering centers in China and the USA to study the equipment used in offshore production and repair technologies of underwater pipelines, and also methods to increase the reliability of upstream pipeline operations in harmful environmental conditions. Based on the results of visits and existing technical and regulatory documentation on the operation of oil and gas field equipment and pipelines, a new corporate standard on corrosion protectionFor example, LUKOIL-Komi Oil Field Pipelines of Regional Production Enterprises of LUKOIL-Komi. Corrosion Monitoring System, LUKOIL-Nizhnevolzhskneft Repair of Offshore Pipelines technical regulation. was drafted, with implementation expected to begin at LUKOIL-Komi. After testing, the standard will be applied at all the Company’s oil production subsidiaries.
Participation in the legislative process
LUKOIL professionals play a proactive role in the drafting of Russian federal legislation regulating the safe operation of pipelines: in 2017 work was performed to draft federal norms and rules on the safe operation of in-field pipelines, as well as to draft national standard on the protective coating of the internal surface of pipes used in the oil industry. Standardization of respective requirements will enable all Russian companies to determine more accurately the coatings that are most effective for use in different conditions, thus increasing the level of industrial and environmental safety and reducing the number of oil spills throughout the country.
Use of unmanned technologies
We are looking at the experience in applying new technologies, such as drones, including for the purpose of monitoring the integrity of pipelines and rapidly responding to unauthorized actions from third parties. The Research and Technology Board of LUKOIL is assessing various technologies that could be used at the Company’s facilities. Aerial vehicles from different manufacturers are being tested at LUKOIL Group subsidiary sites in order to determine their potential value and use. Based on the test results there are plans to adopt a decision on the expedience of using them, and the terms governing their practical use.