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Success story: Transneft (Russia)

Solution for Tank Farm Control & Automation





Customer profile (*):

  • The biggest Transport & Storage Cie of Russia
  • Control most of the russian oil pipelines
  • Big user of Modicon PLC’s
  • System integrator: Neftevavtomatika

The Grushovaya Tank Farm project
  • The Grushovaya oil transfer tank farm is one of Transneft’s biggest sites in Russia.
  • This tank farm is used as a buffer to collect oil from several pipelines.
  • It includes: Underground reservoirs and reservoirs with floating cover. Technological and inter-tank pumping stations. A Flow and pressure control unit. A diagnostic pig launch and reception unit. Wells equipped with slide valves. Technological tunnels. Loading-unloading dock

Customer objective and constraints (*):

  • Replace the obsolete relay-based system
  • Increase system flexibility
  • Prepare system to handle the increased throughput of the technology
  • Reduce installation and commissioning costs
  • Enhance communication networks and bring them to the corporate standard – Ethernet-based network
  • Speed up the fault diagnostic process
  • Preserve the existing instrumentation base


Implementation methodology (main phases) (*):

  • The distributed control system of the GRUSHOVAYA tank farm is unique in terms of the project size that involved Industrial Ethernet technologies, implemented by Schneider Electric System integrator Neftevavtomatika in Russia and the countries of the CIS.


  • 2004

Solution overview (services, products, systems, architectures…) (*):




Customer benefits (*):

  • Multi-level architecture
  • Long distance fast Fiber optic Ethernet communication (up to 12 km)
  • Modbus TCP protocol
  • Ring topology (redundancy)
  • User friendly Concept programming environment (IEC 1131 compliant)

Schneider Electric differentiating values VS competitors:

  • Modicon Quantum hardware platform   
  • Remote diagnostics via embedded web-servers