A Forum Dedicated to the Safe Organisation of Work when Crossing the Sakhalin Energy Oil and Gas Pipelines Was Held in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

The event was attended by representatives of the region’s oil and gas enterprises, construction organisations, telecommunications companies, district administrations, Sakhalinenergo, Sakhalin Energy, and other entities.

As it was noted in his opening remarks by Evgeny Mikhalev, Head of Sakhalin Energy Onshore Pipelines Subdivision, statistics show that the rules for the protection of trunk pipelines are not always observed by third-party organisations. Therefore, it is extremely important to draw the attention of the population to these issues in order to prevent all kinds of accidents and incidents, as well as damage to the environment.

The Trans-Sakhalin pipeline system is unique — the company’s oil and gas pipelines cross almost the entire territory of the island, including 19 tectonic faults, numerous rivers and streams, more than 150 of which are environmentally sensitive watercourses,” he added.
For this reason, those present at the event were told about the sources of hazards for third parties working near the oil and gas pipelines, and also explained the consequences of non-compliance with safety requirements, providing examples of accidents that had previously occurred on other pipeline systems. Indeed, many people often do not realise the scale of the possible consequences of a seemingly insignificant violation.

Sakhalin Energy experts informed the participants of the event about the liability for non-compliance with the requirements for work execution in the vicinity of oil and gas pipelines, and also told them about simple steps, necessary for the beginning of interaction with the company in order to organise work in the protected area. The speakers stressed that they were always ready for an open dialogue with all stakeholders. The first thing to do is call the company—the relevant phone numbers (8 800 200 6625, 66 2000, 66 2500) are specified on all informational signs near the oil and gas pipelines. This simple step will ensure organising safe work. The company’s specialists will help third-party organisations to obtain technical specifications for the particular work area, and also to develop an operations procedure. The next step is to invite a Sakhalin Energy representative and receive a safety briefing.

The fibre-optic transmission line has many branches not only in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, but also along the whole route of the onshore pipeline, which creates a high risk of its damage. This could disrupt IT communications, including communication between Sakhalin Energy facilities. Practice shows that individuals who purchase land plots are often not informed about the fibre-optic communication line cables passing through them. According to the company’s specialists, incidents can be prevented by raising the awareness of the population and stakeholders in the areas where this issue is most topical. This includes not only providing information to people during annual meetings with the public and organising work with the regional media, but also delivering personal notification letters.

“The channels of communication can vary from videos with the participation of the popular cartoon hero Senya to the organisation of forums. It is essential to unite all efforts and create an effective platform for keeping all stakeholders informed. Today’s event is an excellent opportunity to continue this work,” said Natalya Gonchar, Head of the Information Support and Media Liaison Subdivision at Sakhalin Energy. 

At the end of the event, the participants exchanged views and asked the Onshore Pipelines Subdivision employees questions about the conditions for using work permits for earthworks, the statistics on the penalties imposed on violators, the rules for crossing the pipeline route, and other relevant things.

24 May 2019