Transneft holds onto key transportation role, tries to ensure reliability

Russia's crude-oil pipeline company Transneft, a state-owned monopoly joint-stock company, has so far retained its key position in the transport of Russian crude oil. Pumping stations along Tansneft's system are operating at considerably below capacity in response to lower oil production.Click here to enlarge imageAging of the system, however, is increasingly a serious problem. And the company is using enhanced in-line inspection and new repair methods to improve system integrity and reliability.East-west movements Click here to enlarge imageTransneft controls a vast system of crude-oil transmission pipelines throughout Russia (Fig. 1). The network transports nearly 300 million to...

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