Environmental protection is an underlying principle in SPD’s operations. Our environmental programs and projects are generated pursuant to the requirements of the Russian environmental legislation and international environmental standards.
Prevention and containment of oil spills is an important area of SPD’s environmental activities. The Company has established an emergency response team with ZAO Zashchita Yugry, a contractor organization, and equipped it with the equipment required; additional equipment and machinery is purchased on an ongoing basis. In order to train personnel in oil spill containment and recovery methods, we conduct exercises on a regular basis to practice the actions of all services in emergencies.
SPD also pays special attention to environmental contamination prevention issues. We have arranged for separate collection of solid household and production waste. In 2007, the company has built a specialized polygon; in 2012, it obtained a new license for waste decontamination and disposal operations. This license allows SPD to receive waste from third party entities and dispose of it at the polygon. Within the scope of the waste management program, we execute a mud pit remediation project. Furthermore, the company has voluntarily assumed obligations to abandon legacy exploration wells located within SPD license areas.
Air, soil, surface water, and bottom sediment within the Salym group of fields and along the oil export pipeline route are monitored on a regular basis. The observation data is compared with background values of natural indicators. The prime objective of this environmental monitoring is to prevent deterioration of the natural environment as a result of operating activities.
Clean rivers and soils are the habitat of unique animals and plants of the Salym land. 275 types of plants and nearly 70 types of moss and lichen grow within the territory of Salym fields. As per results of research done by the Surgut University, it is also the habitat for 40 types of small mammals, over 20 types of birds and 13 types of fish. In order to preserve the wealth of flora and fauna, SPD has assumed responsibilities on steady improvement of environmental friendliness of its operations and gradual decrease of the levels of environmental impact. These obligations must be adhered to by all employees of the Company and its contractors with which we actively interact on environmental issues.
Implementation of the project for rational usage of associated petroleum gas made it possible for SPD to significantly reduce the volume of contaminating substances emission into atmosphere. Thus, we managed to reduce associated petroleum gas flaring, which favourably influenced the quality of the environment.
Systems of treatment facilities have been built in accommodation camps on the oilfield. They make it possible to use water for service & utility purposes. Cyclical usage of fluids from mud pits is practiced on drilling sites. The precipitated water is filtered in water treatment facilities and re-used for technical purposes. All of these make it possible to use natural water resources in a thriftier manner.
SPD’s success in environmental activities has been acknowledged by relevant regional state authorities as well as independent auditor companies. SPD is a winner of the regional contest ‘Best Environmentally Safe Oil & Gas Producing Enterprise of Yugra’ in 2014 and 2016. At the 7th All-Russia Conference ‘Ecology and Production. Outlook For Development Of Economic Framework For Environmental Protection’, following the results of 2012, our company was included in the list ‘100 Best Organizations of Russia. Ecology and Environmental Management.’