Safety first | 334 (April 2017)

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Safety first

As part of its commitment to industrial safety and the environment, LUKOIL conducted training exercises at a new production facility of Uzbekistan’s Southwest Gissar project.

Nikolay Kulyushin

Sabina Abdulmanova

Тhe field base at the Kashkadarinsky region’s Dzhakurduk reservoir in Uzbekistan is one of LUKOIL’s newest production sites in the world. Commissioned last year, it currently houses over 400 workers, a data analysis center, instruments and measurement department, oil & gas equipment workshop, boiler room and water filtration facility. This January, the Uzbek government’s safety commission visited the base.

LUKOIL’s efforts in industrial safety have not gone unnoticed in Uzbekistan: the company passed a regulatory audit to confirm it met international ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 standards in March 2015. Any company committing to these standards prioritizes preventing dangerous situations in its corporate policy, first and foremost through developing a culture of safety at the workplace.

Safety at the new production site is critical to the long-term development of Dzhakurduk, minimizing damage and – most importantly – protecting lives. That’s why the team holds regularly scheduled fire safety drills, which allow personnel to practice what they would do in case of an emergency.

One frosty February morning earlier this year, the fire alarm went off at Dzhakurduk. It was only a test, but the mock fire had started at one of the facilities housing personnel. Within minutes all of the project’s personnel were evacuated and gathered at the designated meeting point.

While fire safety personnel wasted no time planning how to put out the fire, department heads counted their staff and determined how many volunteer firefighters were available. Ambulances and medical staff were on-site to treat any victims. After the flames were put out, the drill was over.

LUKOIL Uzbekistan Deputy Director for Production Denis Rozhentsev, who took part in the exercise, noted that holding regular fire drills is critical to the company’s industrial safety culture.

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