The Unecha line operation dispatcher station (LODS) of Transneft Druzhba celebrates its 55th anniversary of operation. One of the largest operating facilities of the Company was commissioned during construction of the Kuibyshev – Unecha – Mozyr-1 (Druzhba-1) oil trunk pipeline in October 1964.
The Unecha LODS is located in Vysokoe Village of Unechsky District of Bryansk Region on the western border of Russia. It is the end point of the Druzhba pipeline system.
The station provides oil pumping to Belarus and its refineries; transit pumping through Belarus to Poland, Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia and Lithuania; via Phase II of the Baltic Pipeline System-2 (BPS-2) to the port of Ust-Luga.
Over the past decade, the LODS has undergone a comprehensive technical upgrading and revamping programme. The works were carried out at 57 sites, including the reconstruction of the Unecha-1 oil pumping station (OPS) and two booster pumps. Sections of the Kuibyshev – Unecha – Mozyr-1 (Druzhba-1) and Kuibyshev – Unecha-2 (Druzhba-2) oil trunk pipelines, which are used to receive oil at the station, were replaced.
The Unecha LODS’s tank farm, one of the largest at Transneft, was completely updated. It consists of fourteen reinforced concrete tanks (RCT) with a volume of 30 thousand cubic metres each and three vertical steel floating-roof tanks (VSFRT) with a volume of 50 thousand cubic metres each.
The station plays an important role in the social development of the settlement and the district. As part of the cooperation agreement between the government of Bryansk Region and Transneft, the Labour Day Club located in the district’s centre was overhauled, modern equipment and ambulance cars were purchased for the Unecha Regional Hospital.
Under Transneft’s corporate programme for the development of school education for 2018–2019, physics, chemistry and mathematics classrooms in school No. 3 of Vysokoye Village of the city of Unecha have been repaired and outfitted with modern equipment to the tune of about RUB 10 million.