Naftogaz Group almost halves industrial waste in 2020

Drilling waste, which is mostly low-hazard, accounted for more than 50% of total waste generated by Naftogaz Group enterprises in 2020

Naftogaz Group cut its industrial waste by 49%, or 126.7 thousand tons, to 132.9 thousand tons in 2020, Naftogaz of Ukraine NJSC HSE Officer Vitaliy Zaets reported at the Ukraine 30 Forum.

“We have introduced pitless drilling at some of our drilling rigs. This decreases water consumption. We also apply modern technologies for treating drilling fluids. We return associated water, which comes with hydrocarbons, to subsoil horizons through absorbing wells,” he explained.

Zaets added that last year, Ukrgasvydobuvannya, in cooperation with M-I SWACO and Schlumberger, partially modernized and completed the equipment of the Yablunivka drilling waste treatment unit. The company’s drilling sludge treatment plant continues operations in Sencha village, Poltava region.

Researchers from UkrNDIgaz, Naftogaz Group’s R&D institution, are studying how to use moisture-free drilling waste as a recyclable material in other industries. For instance, it could be used for the construction of roads to production facilities, reclamation of drilling sites, or for overlaying solid household waste at dumps.

Drilling waste, which is mostly low-hazard, accounted for more than 50% of total waste generated by Naftogaz Group enterprises in 2020.

Naftogaz Group is focused on reducing its negative environmental impact related to its business operations, including the production, storage, and refining of hydrocarbons. Careful use of natural resources, in particular water, effective waste treatment, cutting atmospheric emissions, and lower energy consumption remain the company’s unchanging priorities. Environmental expenditures totalled UAH 128.3 million in 2020, including almost UAH 31 million of capital investments.


Integrated Communications Department
NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine
 

 

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