In-house environmental monitoring

The environmental monitoring of man-made facilities, including well sites, waste disposal landfills, sludge storage ponds, flares, pipeline crossings with watercourses, is aimed at identifying their specific impact on the environment and is the information basis for anthropogenic impact management system and for the adoption of appropriate management decisions.

In 2017, environmental quality control was carried out at 122 license blocks of the Company at 5,468 control points, including:

  • when assessing the initial contamination and conducting local environmental monitoring of license blocks at 1,440 control points;
  • during environmental monitoring of man-made facilities at 4,028 points;
  • during monitoring of condition and contamination of vegetation cover around sludge pits using expert decryption of satellite and aerial images at 381 facilities.

«Surgutneftegas» PJSC has the license to operate in the sphere of hydrometeorology and related areas, including determination of the pollution level of ambient air, soils and water bodies.

During the environmental monitoring the Company performs analysis of samples of surface and ground waters, bottom sediments, soils, snow cover and ambient air in its 11 accredited laboratories fitted out with the superior equipment. All the labs are accredited, including the Central Base Laboratory for Ecoanalytical and Technological Studies of the Engineering and Economic Implementation Center, for 164 measurement techniques; the production and research laboratory of the R&D and production work site in OGPD «Talakanneft» — for 80 techniques, physical and chemical testing laboratories of R&D and Design Center of six oil and gas production divisions — for 20 techniques.

Apart from in-house laboratories, for environmental monitoring, «Surgutneftegas» PJSC engages independent third-party organizations whose reports are accepted by the regulatory bodies when exercising regulation and supervisory functions.

The Company practices remote monitoring of its fields by air patrolling, including the use of unmanned drones, large-scale aerial photography and ultra-high resolution space imagery. Remote sensing data is used to make inventories of disturbed lands, develop and adjust projects for sludge pit reclamation, projects for local environmental monitoring and sampling schemes, perform landscape monitoring, assess the current environmental situation at license blocks and solve other ecological problems.

Based on expert interpretation of remote sensing data, geobotanical monitoring is performed in the area of sludge pits, which is an important aspect of environmental monitoring in Surgutneftegas.

The Company pays much attention to the principle of respectful attitude to the culture and ethnic identity of the indigenous people. Thus, to monitor the purity of Lake Imlor, a sacral site of the Khanty of the Surgut Ob area, a special program was developed and agreed on by the Surgut branch of the Ob-Ugric Institute of Applied Research and Development. Since August 2013, samples have been taken and analyzed monthly from ten locations: no cases of exceeding the limits for the quality of surface waters, bottom sediments or soils were identified.

The results of environmental monitoring have confirmed that the Company operates with a minimum impact on the environment, ecological conditions at license blocks of «Surgutneftegas» PJSC are favorable.

Summary report on results of industrial environmental monitoring within license blocks of «Surgutneftegas» PJSC In the territory of Khanty-Mansiysky Autonomous Okrug – Yugra 2016 Summary report on results of industrial environmental monitoring within license blocks of «Surgutneftegas» PJSC In the territory of Khanty-Mansiysky Autonomous Okrug – Yugra 2017

Summary report on results of industrial environmental monitoring within license blocks of «Surgutneftegas» PJSC in Yamalo-Nenetsky Autonomous Okrug 2016 Summary report on results of industrial environmental monitoring within license blocks of «Surgutneftegas» PJSC in Yamalo-Nenetsky Autonomous Okrug 2017