PMC ESPO (a subsidiary of Transneft) has finished construction of three new oil pump stations (PS) in Irkutsk Region. The stations were constructed as part of the project on increasing the throughput capacity of Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean Pipeline System (ESPO PS) up to the maximum - 80 million tons of oil a year.
Construction of PS No. 3, 6, 9 lasted for two years; the first stage of the project on increasing the capacity of ESPO PS up to the maximum of 80 million tons of oil a year was finished after the stations’ commissioning.
Geographically the stations are located in Bratsky (PS No. 3), Ust-Kutsky (PS No. 6) and Kirensky Districts (PS No. 9) of Irkutsk Region. PS No. 9 is the most distant one; the nearest railway junction - station Lena - is located at the distance of 400 kilometres. In spite of the difficulties related to remoteness of PS No. 9, PMC ESPO commissioned the facility on time.
Extension of ESPO PS up to 80 million is the third project on increasing the throughput capacity of the pipeline system. 5 PS were constructed in 2009-2012, and the throughput capacity of ESPO PS was increased up to 50 million tons of oil a year. Three new stations constructed in Yakutia were commissioned in December 2014 and increased the amount of the pumped oil up to 58 million tons of oil a year. After commissioning of PS No. 3, 6, 9 in December 2017 the throughput capacity of ESPO PS is equal to 70 million tons of oil a year.
It will reach the maximum of 80 million tons of oil a year after commissioning another three stations in Irkutsk Region: PS No. 2, 5, 7. PMC ESPO will start their construction in December 2017.