Health and safety
Safe operations have always been a top priority for Gazprom Neft. The company always places the safety of its employees, local communities and the environment above financial, technical or any other considerations. The company is committed to providing a safe working environment for its people and expects the same from its partners.
The COVID-19 outbreak, which was declared a pandemic in March 2020, was a hard test for almost all employers. Early in the pandemic, Gazprom Neft developed and implemented Antivirus, a comprehensive programme to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Antivirus programme comprises a system of barriers involving technical and organisational measures to counter the virus, with a total of 70 barriers in place to halt the spread, ranging from mandatory temperature checks and wearing personal protective equipment to more sophisticated measures.
Health management system
Gazprom Neft rolled out regular mass COVID-19 testing for its employees. As part of Barrier, our corporate testing programme, over one million tests were administered in 2020, covering employees across all oilfields, refineries and offices of Gazprom Neft and its contractors. Mass testing prevented outbreaks of the disease.
In 2020, the company launched its own health monitoring system, HealthCheck, as well as the Gradusnik (Thermometer) mobile app, which work together to enable swift communication between employees and the company’s medical team. These services are also used to automatically issue e-passes to the company premises depending on COVID-19 test results.
Production continuity management
A system of barriers and screens was put in place at our refineries to prevent the spread of the infection. Only employees with a negative COVID-19 test result or antibodies for the virus are admitted to work.
Robotic process automation and digital technologies enabled contactless shift handover at company refineries. Backup shifts were also introduced in 2020 at refineries for quick handover, should any employee be taken ill in the current shift.
Over 140 “buffer zones” were set up in oil production regions, offering temporary accommodation and medical monitoring for employees before work at oilfields.
Health, safety and environment management system
Gazprom Neft management has the ultimate responsibility for effectively managing operational risks related to potential impacts on employee life and health, as well as on equipment, property and the environment.
The use of key metrics such as FAR and AAR to set KPIs for senior management in managing risks to employee life and health, and Ka for equipment, property and the environment, enables company management to make effective decisions.
The company’s comprehensive HSE decision system includes collegial bodies such as an HSE Professional Board and an HSE Supervisory Board.
Gazprom Neft’s company-wide HSE programme, Safety Framework, is aimed at mitigating our key risks. The core principle of the programme is to prioritise and introduce, step by step, barriers to prevent events with catastrophic consequences for the company of which there are 31 scenarios. The company earmarks financial and human resources to effectively implement the Safety Framework barriers.
The actual quality of barrier implementation at company assets is verified by independent inspectors. In 2020, the outcomes of implementing barriers in various areas of the company were added to a corporate dashboard. This lets managers objectively assess the HSE situation at specific operations and the company’s progress on mitigating key risks.
A total of about 10,000 initiatives were completed across subsidiaries under the programme in 2020, at a cost of ₽2.8 billion. An evaluation of barrier performance showed that breaches in focus areas more than halved year-on-year.
Using IT solutions in HSE
The company continues automating and digitising HSE management with advanced data collection and analytics, modelling and monitoring technologies. In 2020, the digital HSE risk management programme was approved, serving as a tool to reduce injury rates. The programme is focused on collecting accurate and quality data through the company’s key HSE IT projects.
The company’s portfolio includes more than 20 company-wide digital and R&D projects for various HSE functions.
Company management places emphasis on reducing injury rates, implementing safe technology and creating a safe working environment. Compliance with the relevant corporate policy is monitored at all management levels, from the CEO to supervisors, and is supported by HSE experts.
The company encourages employees to take responsibility for their own and others safety, while improving knowledge, competencies and awareness in this field, and engaging its employees in occupational health activities.
The company leverages a risk-based approach in its corporate HSE processes to continue pushing the number of fatal injuries lower, both for company and contractor employees working at Gazprom Neft facilities. The use of IT monitoring and analytics systems, coupled with promoting a safety culture and remote learning among company and contractor employees, also had a positive impact on the company’s HSE performance.
Responsible contractor management
In line with its HSE Policy, the company focuses on safety requirements when performing operations at its facilities, including those related to COVID management measures, medical support and the protection of employee health during the pandemic.
Gazprom Neft is focused on fostering a safety culture at its contractors, which is based on personal responsibility, motivation and engaging each employee in HSE improvement.
The company pays special attention to improving the knowledge, skills and competencies of its employees and contractor personnel. To this end, the Corporate University has a dedicated HSE department, where training is provided by both external experts and in-house coaches.
In 2020, the External Knowledge Evaluation system was piloted on a large scale (17,000 testing sessions), and the decision was made to roll it out across the Upstream Division. The system makes at-home training and controlled knowledge tests possible.
Road transport safety
The company has in place a Vehicle Tracking System (VTS) to monitor road safety through tracking safe-driving performance, including driving speeds, sudden acceleration or braking, driving hours and rest breaks, with monthly reports on road safety performance generated. The system covers various types of vehicles used in operating processes, from cars for personnel to tank trucks for petroleum products.
In 2020, Gazprom Neft set up a single competency centre for air transport and flight safety, tasked with defining a strategy and methodology, as well as conducting audits to ensure flight safety at all company assets.
The company fleet of Mi-8T helicopters was retired due to the model’s insufficient thrust and replaced by more advanced Mi-8MTV helicopters. Flying experience requirements have been raised for pilots. All aircraft crews undergo special additional training using mobile simulators. The company upgrades heliports at fields and builds new infrastructure facilities.
Gazprom Neft has centralised air transportation of personnel to fields, including contractor employees.
Safety at sea
Gazprom Neft has developed and introduced a Marine Operations Safety Management System. In March 2020, the system passed an expert review by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping and was certified to applicable national and international standards. Requirements for an inland water safety management system are under development.
Gazprom Neft is rolling out Kapitan, an intelligent digital logistics management system that ensures safe operations in the Arctic. The system monitors crude shipments and inventories 24/7, taking into account weather conditions, including changes in ice conditions, to identify optimum logistics solutions for crude transport.
Occupational health and disease prevention
Gazprom Neft has designed a corporate occupational health and disease prevention system, which encompasses initiatives to manage occupational and work-related risks.
In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Gazprom Neft deployed a package of anti-COVID measures, medical support and employee health protection from March 2020 under the comprehensive corporate programme Antivirus.
During lockdown and the period of remote work, when uncertainty was high and people needed information support, the company launched new channels for internal communications and for communication between employees.
The Gazprom Neft industrial safety management system operates in accordance with applicable local regulations and international best practices.
In order to prevent major equipment failures, the company leverages advanced technical solutions that ensure the safe operation of production facilities.
As in 2019, no industrial accidents were reported at Gazprom Neft in 2020 while the number of equipment incidents decreased. This positive change shows that the company has adopted an effective approach to asset reliability management.
Following a major accident at the Norilsk CHPP The petroleum product spill at CHPP-3 of NTEK (part of Norilsk Nickel Group) in May 2020. in 2020, Gazprom Neft launched an extensive self-assessment programme to inspect a total of 1,425 tanks, with a capacity of at least 100 cubic metres. The inspections particularly focused on assessing the condition of foundations and soils under the tanks, identifying whether operating equipment was compliant with design documentation, determining whether there was scope to extend service life and ensuring diagnostics were being followed up with maintenance and repair schedules. The inspections confirmed that tanks inspected do not carry any risk of leak during operation. In addition, proposals were prepared to improve industrial safety during tank operation.
Gazprom Neft has put in place an Emergency Prevention and Response System.
In September 2020, pursuant to an instruction of the Governmental Commission for Emergency Prevention and Response and Fire Safety, Gazpromneft-Yamal and the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters conducted the “Oil Gathering and Treatment Station: CGF South of the Novoportovskoye Oil and Gas Condensate Field” simulation, a comprehensive tabletop exercise involving a hazardous production facility. The exercise demonstrated that the emergency response teams were at a high state of readiness.