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Russian oil firm applies “green” tech

29th August 2012

TNK-BP subsidiary TNK-Nizhnevartovsk to apply new tech which will minimizse operational impact on the environment of energy exploits in central Russia

Russian oil firm applies “green” tech
Half of the current remediation activities will be completed by the end of 2012, with the remainder expected to be fulfilled by the end of 2014

A Russian oil and gas firm will apply new technologies to minimise the operational impact of its exploits in fields in central Russia under exploration since the Soviet era, it emerged on Friday. The move is part of the firm’s environmental program, which includes nature conservation and environmental renovation measures.

TNK-Nizhnevartovsk, a subsidiary of Russia’s third largest oil company TNK-BP and the operator ofr Russia's largest oil field, the Samotlor field will invest approximately RUB 850m (roughly USD 26.5m)  in “environment protection” and “legacy remediation”, the firm said in a press release. TNK-Nizhnevartovsk aims to “minimize the operational impact on the environment” in the Khanty-Mansi district, Central Russia as well as to “restore what was ruined during several decades of commercial development of oil fields in West Siberia”.

“This year, TNK-BP has increased the scope of contaminated land remediation work in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District by 22 per cent,” said HSE vice president Elena Kompasenko.  “Application of new technologies and open dialogue with experts, ecologists, the society and the administration of the regions are the key factors needed for successful achievement of this goal,” Kompasenko added.

Current remediation activities are ongoing in an area of 60 hectares (ha), half of which will be decontaminated by the end of 2012, the Russian company also said. TNK-Nizhnevartovsk estimates its fields will be completely decontaminated by the end of 2014.