Protection and rational use of land

Land reclamation and forest protection

An ecosystem approach allows the Company to consistently achieve high results during reclamation of used lands. The equipment and materials used by the Company help us minimize damage and the temporary load on the soil during land reclamation.

After reclamation is completed, our specialists continue monitoring young plants, if necessary they set out new ones.

In 2019, the Company returned 6,016 hectares of land to the Forest Fund of the Russian Federation (in 2018 — 5,205 hectares).

Period 2017 2018 2019
Return to the Forest Fund of the Russian Federation, ha 6,834 5,205 6,016

When choosing the reclamation technology, presented in the project documentation, the specialists are primarily guided by specific natural conditions at the location of the disturbed site. On the territory of Khanty-Mansiysky Autonomous Okrug — Yugra represented by a flat terrain with a large number of rivers, lakes and marshes, technology and equipment for reclamation are unique and selected individually for each type of landscape.

As part of measures taken by the Company to protect forests from fire, all fire-fighting stations are equipped with fire-fighting equipment, the machinery in use must be fitted with spark arresters. Mineralized fire barrier strips stretching in total for 729 km are created or being cut through along the borders of the forests, 1,673 fire safety banner stands are erected and updated, 32 stations with fire-fighting equipment are set up and operated.

“Surgutneftegas” PJSC performs forest restoration works as part of its obligations to reproduce cedar plantings. In 2019, 800 thousand saplings were planted.

Pollution prevention and elimination

In compliance with the legislation of the Russian Federation in the sphere of environmental safety and prevention of emergency situations the Company developed, approved and implemented the Plan on prevention and elimination of oil and oil products spills at the facilities of “Surgutneftegas” PJSC at the federal level.

Surgutneftegas possesses necessary materials and equipment, special oil-gathering equipment, means of communication, motor vehicles and qualified personnel and is ready to immediately eliminate oil and oil products spills of any level (from the local to federal) under any circumstances in any type of area and to ensure a high-quality reclamation of contaminated land.

Oil spills are eliminated by out-of-staff accident rescue units (ARU (O), formed on the basis of oil and gas production divisions and lubricants and chemical additives facility of Vitim of the technical maintenance and equipment completing base in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

The Company conducts regular comprehensive exercises at its license blocks in Western Siberia and Eastern Siberia in order to develop practical skills for prevention and elimination of emergency situations caused by oil spills, for the effective interaction of personnel and maintaining a high level of readiness. To involve the concerned public in the process of conducting and analyzing the exercises, the events are announced in the mass media.

In 2019, Nizhnesortymskneft, Lyantorneft, Fedorovskneft, Komsomolskneft, and Bystrinskneft oil and gas production divisions performed the comprehensive exercises in May and June, Talakanneft and Vitim workshop of technical maintenance and equipment completing base — in August. Representatives from regional supervisory bodies, municipal authorities and the mass media attended these exercises.

The out-of-staff accident rescue units of “Surgutneftegas” PJSC showed a high level of training, having carried out all the necessary actions provided for in the plan for prevention and elimination of oil and oil products spills at production facilities, including situations when spills enter rivers.

More than six years ago, the Company got rid of the so-called negative legacy: oil contaminated and not reclaimed areas. In 2019, there was one oil spill incident at the Company’s fields (due to a criminal tie-in), and a total land area of 0.44 hectares was reclaimed. Additionally, in 2019, previously reclaimed lands with the area of 1.21 hectares were excluded from the register of territories and water bodies of Khanty-Mansiysky Autonomous Okrug — Yugra contaminated by oil, oil products and produced water.