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Environment, Labor and Industrial Safety

Being one of the largest Russian fuel and energy sector companies, Rosneft is aware of and recognizes its social, environmental and economic responsibility arising as a result of its production activities.

In the sphere of industrial safety, labor protection and environmental protection Rosneft adheres to the requirements of Russian and international legislation. The Company applies cutting-edge technology and enhanced production methods to create safe and healthy working conditions, as well as to minimize risks of industrial accidents and other emergency situations.

In the course of planning its environmental activities, the Company focuses on accident and incident prevention, reduction of negative impact on the environment. Based on its understanding of the nature and scope of the impact of its activities on the environment, the Company’s top management has put in place and is implementing the Policy in the sphere of Industrial Safety, Labor and Environment Protection, where the top management has identified the following underlying principles and goals:

  • consistent reduction of industrial injuries statistics, accident rates and adverse environmental impacts;
  • improvement of the industrial and environmental safety levels to meet the most stringent standards of international oil and gas majors;
  • establishing and maintaining on an ongoing basis of the efficient management system for industrial safety and labor and environmental protection;
  • mitigation of industrial risks from newly commissioned facilities.

The main provisions of the Company policy in the sphere of industrial safety, labor and environmental protection

Compliance with International Standards

In the sphere of industrial safety, labor protection and environmental protection Rosneft adheres to the requirements of Russian and international legislation.

The Company applies cutting-edge technology and enhanced production methods to create safe and healthy working conditions, as well as to minimize risks of industrial accidents and other emergency situations.

In the sphere of industrial safety, labor protection and environmental protection the Company has identified the following main goals:

  • consistent improvement of the condition of industrial safety, labor protection and environmental protection;
  • creation of healthy and safe working conditions on account of achievement of the level of production processes that corresponds to the modern level of technology and science achievements;
  • consistent reduction of industrial injuries statistics, accident rates and adverse environmental impacts;
  • improvement of the industrial and environmental safety levels to meet the most stringent standards of international oil and gas majors;
  • improvement of the Integrated management system in the sphere of industrial safety and labor and environmental protection;
  • ensuring the minimal level of adverse impact on the environment and personnel from newly commissioned facilities.

Rosneft has in place the efficiently operating Integrated Management System for industrial safety, labor and environmental protection (IMS ISLEP). It allows not only to manage efficiently, but also to control constantly the Company’s work in this sphere and to assess the efficiency of such work. The system is based on the principles of ongoing improvement, implementation of preventive measures and engagement of personnel at all levels in the process of production safety assurance and mitigation of the negative environmental impact. In order to ensure IMS ISLEP operation, standards have been developed for the main activity lines in this sphere, additional standards are being continuously implemented for the purposes of further IMS ISLEP optimization.

The Management System for industrial safety and labor and environmental protection is certified as conforming to international standards OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2004. The initial approval from the certifying authority (Certification Center BVQI /”Bureau Veritas Certification”/) was obtained on 5 May, 2006. The certificate is issued for a period of 3 years subject to mandatory annual compliance audit.

During the period from 4 March to 26 April, 2013 the certifying authority “Bureau Veritas Certification” conducted a compliance audit of IMS ISLEP compliance to international standards ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.

The audit covered 11 subsidiaries and Central Administration of the Management Company. The audit allowed to obtain certificates that IMS ISLEP is maintained in good working order, that it is being improved on an ongoing basis, and that it conforms to Audit criteria.

Moreover, within the framework of such audit, the list of subsidiaries covered by IMS ISLEP was expanded on account of inclusion of the following subsidiaries:

  1. LLC Tambov-Terminal
  2. LLC Ulyanovsk-Terminal
  3. LLC Penza-Terminal

In 2013, work in the sphere of industrial safety, labor protection and environmental protection was performed in accordance with the target indicators, and was aimed at reduction of injuries, accident rates, fires, incidents and prevention of emergency situations.

Development of International Cooperation in the sphere of Environmental Protection

In 2012, Rosneft partnered with international companies to take steps to develop Arctic offshore areas. Special attention was paid to environmental protection.

Another important step was development of the Declaration of Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Preservation in Exploration and Production of Mineral Resources in the Arctic Continental Shelf of the Russian Federation, which was drafted by Rosneft and its partners ExxonMobil, Statoil, and Eni.

As part of its cooperation with ExxonMobil in exploration of license blocks in the Kara Sea, a joint committee for industrial safety, labor protection and environmental protection (ISLEP) for joint projects was set up. This committee helps develop optimal solutions to ensure environmental safety. Thus, in 2012, an industrial safety, labor protection and environmental protection plan was developed and risks were assessed for hydrometeorological surveys in the water area of these blocks, which were successfully completed in the same year.

Declaration of Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Preservation in Exploration and Production of Mineral Resources in the Arctic Continental Shelf of the Russian Federation

By recognizing the fact that the Arctic environment consists of ecosystems with unique properties and resources that require special protection, the Company suggested adopting the Declaration of Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Preservation in Exploration and Production of Mineral Resources in the Arctic Continental Shelf of the Russian Federation. The Declaration was signed by ExxonMobil and Statoil and Eni. At present Rosneft is also cooperating with ministries and agencies seeking to enforce the provisions of the Declaration, in particular, with a view to creating conditions for efficient collaboration to the extent of prevention and coordination of emergency response activities, preservation of environment and biosphere.

This document suggests creating uniform approaches to offshore operations, continuous monitoring of any changes in the Arctic natural landscape and seas, developing international cooperation subject to the environmental protection strategy in the Arctic.

Operations in Designated Conservation and Environmentally Vulnerable Areas

In the course of its efforts aimed at expanding the scope of its operations, issues related to preservation of biodiversity and ecosystems gain momentum for the Company, especially operations in designated conservation areas and buffer zones. The Company has created and maintains the register of designated conservation areas, or buffer zones thereof where its subsidiaries operate. The purpose of such register is to analyze and control environmental safety and to eliminate any negative impact of the Company’s business on these natural features. The register includes information about a production facility (or a license block), types of works, which are conducted in this area and respective environmental efforts, interaction between a subsidiary and municipal authorities, and information about audits of the subsidiary’s operations in designated conservation areas. The Company gathers information about its industrial and infrastructure facilities, which are located in close vicinity of the boundaries of designated conservation areas.

Another important focus area is preservation of biodiversity in the course of implementation of offshore projects, which include a set of measures aimed at preservation of biodiversity and preventing negative environmental impacts:

  • assessment of the environment impact prior to commencement of any works, including public hearings, elaboration of measures aimed at preventing and reducing any potential negative impact on the environment, including activities for preservation of biodiversity and calculation of compensations;
  • obtaining all necessary permits and approvals, including favorable opinion of the State Environmental Expert Review;
  • cooperation with international and regional public environmental organizations, government authorities, expert community;
  • implementation of a wide range of works related to assessment of the baseline state of the environment and biota, comprehensive environmental monitoring, industrial environmental control, environmental and fishery research, special aquatic mammal preservations efforts;
  • planning and development of special local regulations taking into account the specific nature of offshore operations given the analysis of risk factors both for the exploration and production stages.

Industrial safety

Labor safety. The funding of the main activities in 2013 made up 4.5 billion rubles (certification of workplaces, in-process monitoring of working conditions, provision of working clothes, special footwear and protective gear to employees, cleaning and repair thereof, etc.)

In order to increase the significance of subsidiaries’ activities in the sphere of ISLEP, a new standard organization structure of the ISLEP service was developed and approved by Rosneft President, whereunder ISLEP services are directly subordinated to heads of subsidiaries, the standard functionality of ISLEP services was stipulated.

Within the framework of implementation of the best world practices in the sphere of IS&LP “Golden Safety Rules” were developed. The time schedule was prepared for development and update of Rosneft internal documents in the sphere of IS&LP for 2014-2015.

Within the framework of the integration process, a target operational model for industrial safety and labor protection model was developed.

In order to prevent accidents, a “High Alert Period” with respect to labor protection issues was conducted in summer-fall 2013.

The Program of measures aimed at changing the procedure for provision of working clothes, footwear and individual protective gear to the Company employees was developed. The Program focuses on the following:

  • improvement of the quality and level of protective properties of the IPG issued to the employees;
  • systematization of IPG supplies;
  • creation of the centralized system for IPG supplies for the employees.

Theme-based meetings are regularly held in subsidiaries — “Safety Hours”. During the previous year more than 10 thousand theme-based meetings were held.

Subject to the results of 2013, the occupational injuries rate (OIR) made up 0.34 with the target rate of 0.35.

Industrial safety. In 2013, the industrial safety outlays totaled 5.5 billion rubles, which included the following costs:

  • Licensing of production activities (operation of fire and explosion dangerous, chemically hazardous production facilities etc.);
  • Development (amendment) of industrial safety declarations, expert examination of industrial safety declarations;
  • Civil liability insurance for operation of dangerous production facilities (hazardous objects);
  • Costs of remediation of violations of orders from the Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Oversight of the Russian Federation;
  • Troubleshooting, expert examination of industrial safety of technical devices and equipment;
  • Expert examination of industrial safety of buildings and facilities;
  • Certification of personnel in the sphere of industrial safety.

The work in the sphere of industrial safety in the reporting year was focused on reduction of the accident rate, assuring reliability of the pipeline system. As a result of the completed work:

  • the accident rate at the Company subsidiaries’ facilities was reduced by the factor of 1.6 from 8 to 5 accidents;
  • activities were implemented in the sphere of assuring reliability of the pipeline system for the aggregate value in excess of 15 billion rubles, thus allowing to achieve the number of failures of field pipelines by 12%;
  • under the pipeline replacement program, 762 km of pipelines were reconstructed;
  • a decision was made to set up a Department for integrity of hazardous production facilities, whose main purpose would be to implement the risk-oriented approach in the Company when ensuring safety of hazardous production facilities, improving the targeted orientation and quality of the implemented activities with a view to achieving maximum return on the planned Investorsment.

Fire safety readiness for emergency situations. In 2013, Company’s costs for assuring the fire safety of its facilities totaled 9.2 billion rubles.

In order to implement a uniform approach to organization of the process of training Company employees in fire safety measures, Company Regulation “Training Company employees in fire safety measures” was developed and enacted.

A systemic approach to control over compliance with the orders of the State Fire Control authorities of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation was organized, as a result whereof 99% of violations of fire safety requirements were remedied without any capex outlays for such remediation.

In 2013, the fire record-keeping system was drastically changed, which allowed to detect systemic faults in the management of subsidiaries’ operations in the sphere of ensuring fire safety at Company facilities.

As a result of the works performed, the number of fires caused by violations of the technological process was reduced by 50% (3 fires in 2013).

In 2013, Rosneft subsidiaries conducted 228 scheduled comprehensive, command-and-staff training exercises and special tactical training exercises to drill the activities for localization and response to accidents and fires at the facilities of the Company’s subsidiaries.

Furthermore, extraordinary exercises were performed in the subsidiary, in particular, within the framework of interaction with regional and federal government authorities.

All in all, over the specified period, during 2013 Company subsidiaries conducted 273 scheduled exercises on response to potential emergency situations, conflagrations, spills of oil-containing liquid and petroleum products. 13,725 persons took part in such exercises (including contractors’ workers).

The costs of activities related to well-kill and radiation safety in 2013 totaled about 1 billion rubles.

Company policy – Health and safety

Health and safety policy statement