Slovakia has the right to the protection of the environment enshrined in the Constitution and elaborated in the State Environmental Policy Strategy until 2010. The handling of liquid hydrocarbons therefore requires special attention.
The pipeline passes through a sensitive area of the Slovak Karst National Park, included in the UNESCO Programme entitled "Man and the Biosphere", which also includes the Silická Plateau, which is one of the nuclear areas of European importance being monitored.
However, particular attention should also be paid to other parts of the pipeline. By transhipment of one section of the route, the pipeline line bypasses the underground drinking water supply on Rye Island, but oversupply rains when crossing the River Váh also require regular monitoring.
Slovakia - ecology in the transport of oil in order to get the deepest possible knowledge of the environmental situation in its premises, the management of a. s. TRANSPETROL, a. s. decided in December 1999 to subscribe to the Environmental Management System (EMS) according to the requirements of international standard ISO 14001. In December 2000, the resolution of the DG consultation decided to extend the forthcoming certification to include the certification of the quality management system according to the requirements of ISO 9001: 2000 (QMS). In May 2009, SKQS concluded at a recertification audit according to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 that the integrated management system in place met all the requirements of ISO 14001a ISO 9001. The outcome of the recertification audit is the IQNet certificate, valid until July 2012 for the entire pipeline system, including five oil pumping stations, an oil transfer station and an pipeline pipeline.
The prospect of further long-term use of the Družba oil pipeline requires systemic assurance of its operational reliability.
Therefore, in parallel with the preventive maintenance programme, TRANSPETROL, a. s. implements the programme of modernization of the pipeline system of the Slovak Republic. At the same time, it continues to reconstruct the cathode-end protection of oil pipelines in order to achieve the required level of protection of pipelines under changing conditions of deposition.
Slovakia - Ecology in the transport of oil almost the entire Slovak route of the Družba oil pipeline is built double pipe, which allows to carry out reconstruction and modernization in uninterrupted operation. By continguising the individual works, the technical parameters of the transport and storage system TRANSPETROL, a. s. have reached a level comparable to the world oil pipeline systems, which creates the prerequisite for successful functional connection to the Western European oil network.
TRANSPETROL, a. s. is in favour of the introduction of progressive information technologies that promote the safe operation of the pipeline system and the prevention of environmental protection in the territory in which it is located. The Pipeline Information System (RIS) is developed as a spatial technical and environmental information system to support the control of the operation and maintenance of the pipeline system. In 2009 TRANSPETROL, a. s. continued to expand the RIS system by introducing additional geospatial data of the RIS database and improving the functionality of the RIS system.
Slovakia - Ecology in the transport of oil RIS allows users to obtain simultaneously image information with tabular information about selected objects of the oil pipeline system and to evaluate the situation and condition of interactions of the pipeline system and the surrounding area of interest, thus directing the work related to the maintenance and repair plan.
In addition to RIS, TRANSPETROL, a. s. uses a management information system (MIS), which informs "on-line" about environmental performance indicators, detects convergence to limit conditions and allows modelling of economic situations and strategic financial objectives.
The leos micro-indicating system in place detects leaks of even tiny amounts of liquid hydrocarbons in water-sensitive areas.
The eligibility of the costs incurred in the implementation of the information systems in question was confirmed in December 2002 in the case of an oil spill from a pipeline in the cadastre of Belža, caused by a third party, when TRANSPETROL, a.s. was able to start, within three minutes, corrective actions reducing to a minimum the amount of oil leaked and thus eliminating environmental pollution, the removal of which is not only long-term, but also very costly.