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Archive. Results. 2013

A task-level environmental protection program was developed as part of the 2012—2021 LUKOIL Group Development Strategy. The following strategic guidelines for environmental safety promotion were identified:

  • Achievement of 95% utilization of associated petroleum gas;

  • Ending discharge of effluent into natural water bodies;

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and obtaining additional income through implementation of the mechanisms of Article 6 of the Kyoto Protocol;

  • Fully overcoming the aftermath of previous environmental damage;

  • Ensuring that the ratio of waste recycling to waste generation is less than 1;

  • Reduction of pipeline failures and purification of land that has been damaged as a result of such failures.

LUKOIL acknowledges its responsibility to society for rational use of natural resources and preservation of the environment. The Company therefore observes the highest standards of care for the environment and of industrial safety in its operations.

Over USD 1.3 billion was allocated for environmental safety measures in 2013. A significant share of this money (more than 68%) was spent to protect air quality, including increased levels of associated gas utilization. A further 19% of the total were spent to address the consequences of accidents.

Progress in 2013

  • A new environmental safety program for 2014—2018 was designed;

  • Growth of APG utilization to 88.0% for the Group as a whole;

  • Reduction of wastewater discharge;

  • Reduction in the area of contaminated land;

  • Reduction of the number of pipeline failures by 3%.

ObjectiveMain actions in 2013

Rational use of water resources, preventing water pollution
  • Building water-separation systems and systems for utilization of formation water;

  • Upgrading of pipeline crossings over rivers;

  • Purification of ground water that has been contaminated by drainage systems;

  • Modernization of existing purification facilities and installation of new facilities.

Reduction of atmospheric pollutant emissions

A slight increase of atmospheric emissions was due to commissioning of new fields with a high gas factor in the Komi Republic. Launch of facilities for APG utilization at the fields is planned in 2014—2015 and atmospheric emissions will decline as a result

  • Modernization and construction of facilities to increase the rate of utilization of APG;

  • Modernization and construction of new, more efficient combined-cycle turbines at generating facilities;

  • Replacement of equipment for the reduction of pollutant emissions: replacement of lateral seals, modernization and replacement of furnaces, replacement of pumping equipment;

  • Better use of technologies: timely regulation of combustion in furnaces, boilers.

Recycling of accumulated waste

  • Increase of sub-contractor works to neutralize waste;

  • Construction of a complex for processing of waste containing oil;

  • Construction of specialized zones for utilization of production waste.

Preventing contamination and ensuring rational use of land
  • Reduce the area of contaminated land by 26% to 243 hectares;

  • Reclaim disturbed land and land contaminated by crude oil;

  • Scheduled work to reduce the risk of pipeline failure: such failures were reduced by 3% in 2013;

  • the rate of pipeline replacement rose to 2.5% in 2013 (measured as a share of total length of pipelines);

  • diagnostics and major repairs to pipelines, and the application of corrosion inhibitors.

Preserving biodiversity
  • Financing of work to replenish fish stocks;

  • Monitoring of environmental components.