The Norilsk-Taimyr Energy Company (NTEC, a subsidiary of Norilsk Nickel) is investing 19 billion rubles in fuel storage facilities for emergency fuel after a spill at a thermal power plant in Norilsk, General Director of the company Sergey Lipin said at a meeting in the Federation Council.
NTEK operates three gas-fired thermal power plants in Norilsk. In May 2020, one of the fuel tanks at the Norilsk CHPP-3 collapsed, spilling 20,000 tons of oil products. Diesel fuel is used as a backup in case of emergency shutdowns of the gas pipeline.
“The total cost of the reconstruction is about 19 billion rubles, and we have already spent 2 billion rubles on the technical maintenance of fuel facilities,” Lipin said. According to him, after the accident, unscheduled surveys and repairs of fuel tanks were carried out, the damaged tank was dismantled at CHPP-3, and a technical re-equipment project was implemented. All fuel storage facilities have automated systems for monitoring the condition of tanks and pumping stations.
As a result of the reconstruction, tanks with a fuel storage capacity of 10,000 tons will be installed at the CHPP; previously, the stations had tanks with a capacity of 10,000 to 30,000 tons. At CHPP-2, it is planned to complete the reconstruction by the end of December 2023, at CHPP-1 – until December 2024, at CHPP-3 at the end of 2025.