Land protection and reclamation
The Company conducts activities each year that aim to preserve and restore land resources taking into account the climatic, hydrological, soil and vegetation conditions of the areas of operations. Gazprom Neft devotes particular attention to the reclamation of contaminated lands and sludge pits. The reclamation programme includes an inventory of these territories and an assessment of the soil pollution level as well as the selection and implementation of the most effective rehabilitation technologies. The Company annually conducts an assessment of ecological restoration work that includes chemical and analytical control over the process of restoring a section of land.
The Gazprom Neft set of land protection measures includes work for the preventative protection of pipelines against corrosion, the monitoring of pipeline corrosion rate and diagnostics. The Company implements a targeted programme each year for the reclamation of lands polluted by oil, sludge pits and the recycling of oily waste.
In 2014, OJSC Gazpromneft-Noyabrskneftegaz reclaimed the last 10 sludge pits remaining after drilling. In total, the company eliminated more than 300 “historical heritage” sludge pits over the last few years.