Moscow, April 18, 2012 – In the wake of the subsoil use meeting held in Khanty-Mansiisk, TNK-BP informs that:
1. TNK-BP is consistently implementing a comprehensive program for integrity and modernization of the pipeline infrastructure in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area and a program for remediation of legacy lands contaminated in the Soviet period when hydrocarbons were produced without due regard to environmental protection.
2. All new facilities of TNK-BP are fully compliant with the highest industrial safety and environmental protection standards.
3. The Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area is one of the largest oil and gas provinces of Russia. Oil production in this area was started in the 1960s. Subsidiaries of all leading oil companies of the country work here. Historical problems with land contamination in this region are well known, and their solution requires joint efforts of all oil and gas companies working in the region, administration of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area, and dedicated federal ministries and agencies.
TNK-BP is open for cooperation and calls all concerned parties to a constructive dialog for improvement of the ecological situation in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area.
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TNK-BP is financing a large-scale pipeline infrastructure integrity program since 2004 and has invested $270 million into implementation of this program in 2011. The company has already diagnosed 6,000 km of pipelines out of the total 23,000 km. Every year, the company repairs over 700 km of pipelines and takes down over 1000 km of damaged and inactive pipeline. As a result, more than 50% of all TNK-BP’s pipelines are repaired and renovated now.
The number of pipeline leaks has dropped by 17% and the amount of spilled oil has decreased 3.3 times since 2009 owing to implementation of this program. In the license areas of Samotlorneftegaz, the amount of spilled oil has decreased 2.5 times since 2007 and the number of pipeline leaks has dropped from 750 to 413.
The pipeline infrastructure integrity and modernization program of TNK-BP was approved by the management of the company, and its financial support was included into the mid-term business plan. TNK-BP will submit the pipeline reconstruction plan to the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation in the nearest future.
So far, TNK-BP has invested approximately $2.1 billion into implementation of environmental protection programs, including $285 million invested in the last 3 years into environmental protection in the Samotlor field. The company has volunteered to remediate contaminated legacy lands of the Soviet period in the Samotlor field. Currently, the total area of contaminated lands is 2,200 hectares. The company has remediated 653 hectares of contaminated lands in 2009–2011.
More than a half of all contaminated legacy lands of the company are now remediated. TNK-BP is going to remediate all remaining contaminated lands by 2019.
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