In 2017, the number of illegal tappings into Transneft pipelines amounted to 289 which is 3.7% fewer than in the previous year, the Company informs.
According to Transneft, oil and petroleum product thefts account for some 70% of all illegal encroachments. This information was shared by Vladimir Svinarev, Advisor to President of the Company, who spoke at the Ensuring Integrated Safety and Anti-Terror Security of FEC Facilities conference.
“A matter of special concern is illegal tappings into pipeline sections that cross water obstacles. These tappings are hard to find and difficult to eliminate; most importantly, they are highly dangerous in terms of environmental damage. In total, 289 illegal tappings to Transneft pipelines were detected in 2017 versus 300 in 2016,” the report specifies.
Route equipment theft, vegetation fires in the immediate vicinity of FES facilities, explosive objects at the facilities and inside the protected zones of trunk pipelines posed a major threat to pipeline systems, Mr. Svinarev said. Furthermore, among the contemporary challenges and threats, the most important one is activities of terrorist and extremist organisations who strive to upset the operation of FES facilities.
Another problem is multiple cases of illegal construction within protected zones: fences, enclosures and barriers, residential and non-residential permanent facilities. Special emphasis is placed on threats to the information structure of Transneft, the software, the automated process control equipment.
“Cases of ‘successful’ cyberattacks on FES facilities are widely known. In May 2017, an attack which affected several FES facilities led to a shutdown of an oil quantity and quality measuring system that took place when product was being transferred into the trunk pipeline system,” the report quotes Svinarev.