On May 4, the President of JSOC Bashneft Alexander Korsik and the Governor of the Nenets Autonomous District Igor Fyodorov visited the Trebs oilfield and inspected the implementation of emergency response activities. An oil spill happened on April 5 during an exploration well reentry.
The Governor Igor Fyodorov held a work meeting in the construction workers’ camp at the Trebs oilfield. At the meeting the preliminary results of accident investigation were discussed, information on the work progress was provided and the plans on completion of emergency response activities were announced. The meeting was attended by the management of JSOC Bashneft and LLC Bashneft-Polyus, head of the Administration of the Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service in the Nenets Autonomous District, representatives of the Administration and the Assembly of Deputies of the Nenets Autonomous District and members of the administration of Zapolyarny region of the Nenets Autonomous District.
«Due to a close cooperation of the Company’s departments, contractors, a special well-kill team, the officials of the Nenets Autonomous District and specialized agencies we managed to rapidly stop the oil well blowout, contain the oil spill, collect and process the major part of oil-containing reservoir fluids in a short time, thus minimizing the adverse environmental impact,» stated the President of JSOC Bashneft Alexander Korsik. «It is also vital to thoroughly investigate the causes of the accident. We must not let this happen again while developing the oilfield.»
«The accident is a distressing event both for the development company and for the whole region,» pointed out the Governor of the Nenets Autonomous District Igor Fyodorov. «We monitor the implementation of emergency response activities with great attention. Bashneft is making every effort to eliminate the consequences of the spill as soon as possible, to process the oil and the contaminated soil. We are ready to assist with this work using all the means in our possession. We have agreed to visit the oilfield again when the main stage of emergency response activities is over. In autumn, in Naryan-Mar the Company will submit a public report on the causes of the accident, the implementation and the results of emergency response activities.»
As was announced at the meeting, before the end of May it is planned to complete the measures aimed at cleaning up the area near the well, to remove and process the oil-containing reservoir fluids. It is planned to invite special organizations to eliminate the residual contamination with the use of sorbents and technologies recommended by the Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service before the end of July and to complete land restoration by October.