Detecting Danger

According to the Strategy for Sustainable Development of Ukraine and the requirements of the Energy Independence Program, scientists of  Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas do research, the main task of which is to ensure energy security, the transition to efficient energy use and energy consumption  resources using innovative technologies.                                                                                 

Unfortunately, oil tanker leaks, well explosions and damage of main pipelines happen not only in disaster movies. Accidents during production and transportation of gas and oil in Ukraine are quite possible, because many wells and gas pipelines have been used for many decades and have almost depleted the resources of safe operation. Today, IFNTUOG scientists are working to prevent these accidents.

In late 2020 the University received a grant (total funding of about four million hryvnias), as the result of the competition “Science for Human Security and Society” and the support of the National Research Foundation of Ukraine for scientific research and development of a project “Improving the environmental safety of the production and transportation of energy hydrocarbons”. The project supervisor is Liubomyr Poberezhnyi, the professor of the Department of Environmental Protection Technology of the Institute of Tourism and Geosciences. The aim of the project is a development of measures to reduce man-made impacts and environmental protection through the creation of a system of technogenic and environmental monitoring, risk management facilities of oil and gas sector.

1In an interview for the National Research Foundation of Ukraine, Liubomyr Poberezhnyi tells that such accidents of different levels of complexity are not uncommon and damage from them can be huge. Near a damaged oil well, as a rule, a black stinking lake is formed, poisoning everything around. In the case of an underground leak, oil runs into the aquifer, and it may take several days before it is noticed.

Follow a link for more information about the project in the interview of Liubomyr Poberezhnyi: