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Transneft Siberia is building a new chemical analytical laboratory

Date of publication: 20 April 2017 Print

Transneft Siberia is building a new chemical analytical laboratory (CAL) in Surgut Oil Trunk Pipeline Directorate (OTPD).

The laboratory erection works commenced in April 2017 in the territory of the line operation dispatcher station “Western Surgut” of Surgut OTPD. The existing chemical analytical laboratory building does not meet the requirements for testing labs monitoring the crude oil quality parameters. In particular, the periodic test room as well as sample make-up, samplers and labware washing premises (wash room) are smaller in size than the recommended norm, which precludes setting up essential laboratory furniture for the works.

Starting in 2017, the range of tasks set to the chemical analytical laboratory of Surgut OTPD has widened significantly. This year the plan calls for the commissioning of two new Oil Quantity and Quality Metering Systems (OQQMS) for oil trunk pipelines Surgut – Gorky – Polotsk and Kholmogory – Klin. In this connection the volume of works to identify oil quality parameters will considerably enlarge, since samples will be drawn from four samplers a day (now sample selection is done from two samplers) on two units for measuring oil quality parameters (QMU). Furthermore, periodic tests to monitor organic chlorides and the pour point of oil will be organized in the new laboratory building.

The laboratory building will be constructed from fully prefabricated structures with wall and roof three-layer frameless panels heat-insulated with mineral-cotton fireboards based on basalt fiber. Total area of the premises will come to 333.7 sq. m. The laboratory will be complete with modern equipment designed for doing a comprehensive research. This includes a kit for measuring the mass content of organic chlorides in the fraction steaming away to the temperature of 204 degrees C as per GOST R2247-2004, a kit for measuring the sulfur content in crude oil as per GOST R51947-2002, a kit for measuring viscosity as per GOST 33-2000, a kit for measuring the mass content and share of water in crude oil.

The laboratory is scheduled for commissioning in November 2017.