On 15 June, North-Western Phosphorous Company, an Acron Group company, staged comprehensive oil spill response drills at the Oleniy Ruchey mine fuel storage site in order to assess the Company’s preparedness to contain and clean up oil spills.
According to the drill scenario, a storage tank failure caused 3,000 m3 of fuel oil to be spilled over an area of approximately 60,000 m2. NWPC’s Commission for Emergency Situations and Safety, professional emergency units, and Company personnel proceeded with spill clean-up.
The emergency response group erected earth dams to prevent further spillage and started pumping fuel into temporary storage tanks. The remaining oil was collected using a sorbent and taken to a temporary storage site for disposal.
‘The purpose of joint drills is to make sure that all the teams involved in responding to a spill can work together smoothly in the event of an actual emergency. We saw all our people meet the goals of the drill in an organised and efficient manner’, said Alexander Rybakov, Head of NWPC’s Department for Industrial Safety, Labour, and Environmental Protection.
The drills were attended by specialists from the Russian Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service, the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations for the Murmansk Region, the Federal Environmental, Industrial, and Nuclear Supervision Service, and other regional emergency responders. The experts recognised the Company’s readiness to respond to oil spills.