Article by Sakhalin Independent
Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2 operators and contractors violate Russian laws
At a session of the regional administration on July 28, chief Sakhalin
doctor Boris Darizhapov reported on violations of Russian laws by
companies carrying out the Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2 projects.
Between April 26 and July 9, specialists of the regional sanitary and
epidemiological service and regional officials checked projects sites at
eight districts on Sakhalin. A total of six Sakhalin-1 camps and seven
Sakhalin-2 camps were inspected, Darizhapov said. The inspectors also
checked offices of Sakhalin-1 operator Exxon Neftegas Limited (ENL) and
Sakhalin-2 operator Sakhalin Energy (SEIC), apartments where employees
of the companies live and contractors providing food and communal
services to the operators.
As a result of the check-ups, numerous violations of Russian laws and
standards were discovered, Darizhapov said. According to him, regular
medical examination and immunisation of foreign workers are not
The inspectors also discovered violation of construction regulations.
People are moved into apartments where ventilation and sewage systems,
canteens and laundry facilities are not completed, Darizhapov said. The
issue of wastes' utilisation is not solved by the companies.
During the check-up of canteens, inspectors found that cooking
technologies, terms and storage conditions are not observed. Project
operators do not control whether contractors observe sanitary standards.
Catering companies do not use locally produced products enough,
Twelve officials and two companies were fined over 4,000 dollars for
breaking sanitary standards and work of nine sites was halted until
violations were remedied, Darizhapov reported. Inspectors requested
companies to make 646 improvements, until July 8 only 67 percent was
completed, he mentioned.
Inspection of observation of environmental laws by companies showed
that in the past year oil spills, leakages of potassium and other
violations were registered at the Sakhalin-1 project. Sakhalin-2
operator does not inform governmental bodies about violation of
environmental laws, Darizhapov said.
Safety investigation discovered that the number of industrial injuries
in the construction companies involved in the project grew 21 percent in
2003 compared to 2002. Last year, 52 workers were injured and five of
According to Darizhapov, SEIC does not give safety training. During
four months, 19 industrial accidents happened in the company.
The regional administration issued a decree requesting controlling
bodies to work out a list of measures companies had to take to remedy
law violations. The list will be worked out by September 1.