“Green” technologists of the Uvat project

Tyumen. June 5 is World Environment Day. This year in Russia is celebrated for the 15th anniversary. This date is especially important for the employees of the environmental departments of companies, public organizations and all those who do not care about the fate of our planet.

The work of an ecologist is sometimes not visible to the naked eye, but it is difficult to imagine our lives without it. Specialists in the field of nature protection in the oil industry are highly sought after. The development of the stadium from the very first, preparatory stage and until its decommissioning is done under their close supervision.

LLC RN-Uvatneftegaz, which has been implementing the Uvat project for 20 years, cares for the ecosystem of the area. The company annually allocates significant funds for targeted environmental programs for the rational use of the relevant oil gas, the improvement of the reliability of the pipelines, the disposal of boreholes, etc.

In the trend of the international agenda

Caring for the environment and preserving it for future generations is an integral part of Rosneft’s corporate culture and operating principles and its subsidiaries.

“RN-Uvatneftegaz is using the latest technologies in the development of the Uvat project fields,” said Ilgiz Zainiev, Head of the company’s Environmental Protection Department. “For example, our oil production and transportation facilities are monitored by unmanned aerial vehicles, whose laser scanners and high-definition camcorders measure CO2 levels over the fields.”

In 2021, experts from the Department of Oil, Gas Refining and Tank Pressure Maintenance carried out more than 2.8 thousand measurements in the Ust-Tegusskoye, Urnenskoye and Kalchinskoye deposits.

The rational use of the associated oil gas also affects the reduction of the carbon footprint. In the territory of large fields of the Uvat project, gas turbine and gas piston power plants have been constructed that produce electricity from gas. Their total capacity is 122 MW.

Working to save energy has not only an ecological, but also an economic effect on the company. Last year, thanks to the rational use of energy resources and the reduction of energy consumption, RN-Uvatneftegaz saved over 36 million kWh of electricity. In monetary terms, this is more than 100 million rubles.

The conservation of the natural resources of the Tyumen region is promoted by programs for reforestation and replenishment of fishery resources. “In the last five years, RN-Uvatneftegaz has planted almost 3 million pine saplings in the area and released more than 7.5 million offspring of valuable fish species in the rivers of the Ob-Irtysh Basin,” added Ilgiz Zainiev.

Innovative technologies

RN-Uvatneftegaz adheres to the principle that production waste must not affect the environment. To do this, the Uvat project uses a unique method of pumping waste to underground horizons.

“The use of this technology allows to minimize the impact of production on nature: the waste is placed in underground horizons (at depths up to 2000 m), eliminating the entry of harmful substances into the environment. “This is one of the most innovative and environmentally friendly global practices for disposing of drilling waste in oil and gas production,” said Yana Fisher, Head of the Department of Ecological Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Waste Management.

It should be noted that in recent years the volume of drilling waste disposal at the Uvat project has increased by 75%.

“We are trying to involve waste that can have a second life as much as possible in recycling,” said Marina Ilyukhina, chief specialist in environmental planning and regulation.

So last year the company sent about 7 tonnes of paper for recycling and the office organized the collection of used batteries on a regular basis.

Environmental monitoring is carried out in all production facilities on a continuous basis. An assessment of atmospheric air, underground and surface water sources, soil was organized. The number of component samplings in the last three years has increased by 22% and indicates the responsible attitude of the subsoil user towards natural resources.

Ecology is everyone’s business

The work of environmentalists in our country is gradually becoming more sought after and prestigious, is sure Azamat Zhusalin, a young specialist in the Department of Ecological Rehabilitation, Land Rehabilitation and Waste Management, at RN-Uvatneftegaz. This is influenced by the global trend towards respect for the environment, conscious consumption and attention to climate problems.

“The profession of ecologist is very responsible. Before joining the Environmental Protection Agency, I worked in the field for eight months. This allowed me to see many processes live, to understand how everything happens in practice. “I am very happy that the work of environmentalists is becoming more and more important for manufacturing companies.”

The young specialist is proud to be working on the Uvat project, where the issue of ecology is a priority. “I like RN-Uvatneftegaz’s approach to environmental protection. “Many of the company’s fields are autonomous, so we often have to look for non-formal solutions,” said Azamat Zhusalin.

At the same time, the employees personally contribute to the improvement of the “green” culture in the team, they actively support the environmental campaigns “Green Spring”, “Save the Forest” and “Water of Russia”.

“We have employees who respond, they are always happy to come to subbotniks and tree planting events with whole families with children. And our efforts are bearing fruit, “said Marina Ilyukhina, Chief Specialist of the Department of Environmental Planning and Regulation. – This year we organized another day of community work on Lake Pesyanoe and, most importantly, there was many times less garbage there compared to last year. This means that people are strengthened in the awareness of the need to take care of the environment! “

Learn to save

The educational activities of RN-Uvatneftegaz are also aimed at helping to inform the residents of the Tyumen area.

In 2021, employees of Rosneft’s company and other Tyumen divisions organized an ecological campaign in the area’s only natural area – Lake Salt. Garbage cans, dry closets and bases were installed here, telling many holidaymakers about the unique properties of water, healing mud and clay and how to use them rationally. “Wild” tourism, damaging the ecosystem of the lake and the coastline, was directed to a civilized canal.

And earlier this year, with the support of the oil company, the first book on the specially protected natural areas of the Tyumen region was published. It consolidates scientific data on wildlife sanctuaries of federal and regional importance, as well as on the diversity of local fauna species.

The book has become a kind of educational bridge between the scientific community that is deeply involved in the subject of ecology and the people of Tyumen. After all, the more the locals know about the natural resources of the area, the more carefully they will treat them.

“Improving production processes, as well as the company’s environmental initiatives, is the key to our effective work to protect the environment,” said Ilgiz Zainiev.

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