Water is used in all production cycle stages from exploration and production of hydrocarbons to the delivery of finished products to the consumer.
Our key approach to solving the issue of sustainable water use involves applying water recycling and reuse systems at the refineries’ production facilities and power generation facilities, both of which are major water users. We are also committed to the most efficient use of fresh water in our production and refining processes. Fresh water accounts for 59% of total water withdrawn by LUKOIL Group entitiesWithin the reporting boundaries of 2019..
As part of the corporate Environmental Safety Program, water resource management activities have been integrated into the «Clean Water» subprogram. To improve the water use system, the Company builds, renovates and re-equips water treatment and wastewater treatment systems.
In 2019, the following priority projects were implemented:
Our operations in Russia are carried out in regions that have ample water resources, with the exception of regions with high population density and concentrated economic activity in southern Russia (Astrakhan and Volgograd Regions, the Stavropol and Krasnodar Territories).
Among foreign countries, Uzbekistan and Iraq are classified as having low water levels. In these countries there are risks of frequent droughts, lack of drinking water and interruptions in the supply of clean water to the local population.
In Russia, around 84% of the volume of water withdrawal is taken by LUKOIL entities from surface and underground water sources. Water is mainly withdrawn from the Ob, Pechora, Volga, Don and Kuban river basins in accordance with respective permits and within established quotas.
In 2019, the volume of water withdrawal by Russian entities changed insignificantly compared to the 2018 level. The general indicators of water withdrawal and water consumption in Russia are significantly affected by the organization of the electric power industry. Water withdrawal by organizations of the business sector “Power Generation” accounts for about 69% of water withdrawal in Russian organizations and for about 44% of the volume of water withdrawal for LUKOIL Group.
|Water withdrawal across LUKOIL Group|
|Within the boundaries for 2018||–||449.8||464.0|
|Within the boundaries for 2019, including:||–||–||694.0|
|The share of electric power entities||331.9||297.7||303.6|
|Foreign entities (without ISAB and oil product supply entities)||–||21.3||23.0|
|Water consumption for own needs (household, industrial, other) by LUKOIL Group||–|
|Within the boundaries for 2018||–||374.4||379.0|
|Within the boundaries for 2019, including:||–||–||609.0|
|Foreign entities (without ISAB and oil product supply entities)||–||19.5||21.0|
|LUKOIL Group, including:||–||34.5||28.9|
|Foreign entities (without ISAB and oil product supply entities)||–||0||0.8|
|Unused water transferred to third-party consumers by LUKOIL Group|
|LUKOIL Group, including:||–||40.9||56.1|
|Foreign entities (without ISAB and oil product supply entities)||–||1.8||1.2|
Note. (1) Data on LUKOIL Group are published in the Report starting from calendar year 2018 (reporting year). (2) In 2018, the methodology for accounting for water use in Russian entities was improved by eliminating duplicate accounting for water used in intra-group transfers (between LUKOIL Group organisations). (3) Other operations include: formation water injected into absorbing underground formations; household wastewater received from other users by LLC LUKOIL-Ukhtaneftepererabotka and transferred to its treatment facilities.
|Water withdrawn, total in LUKOIL Group||–|
|Within the boundaries for 2018||–||449.8||464.0|
|Within the boundaries for 2019||–||–||694.0|
|Water withdrawn by water withdrawal sources, including:|
|1) from surface sources|
|Within the boundaries for 2018||–||287.0||290.0|
|Within the boundaries for 2019, including:||–||–||340.5|
|Russian entities, including:||297.7||267.6||269.7|
|Foreign entities, including:||–||19.4||70.8|
|2) from underground sources|
|Within the boundaries for 2018||–||99.0||102.3|
|Within the boundaries for 2019, including:||–||–||104.8|
|Russian entities, including:||76.1||97.1||99.7|
|Foreign entities, including:||–||1.9||5.1|
|3) from other sources (centralized water supply systems, etc.), including||–||63.8||248.7|
|Foreign entities, including:||–||0||177.1|
Note. (1) Data on LUKOIL Group are published in the Report starting from calendar year 2018 (reporting year). (2) In 2018, the methodology for accounting for water use in Russian entities was improved by eliminating duplicate accounting for water used in intra-group transfers (between LUKOIL Group organisations). (3) Since 2019, the volume of water intake has been calculated with the release of data on sea water. (4) The data on the volume of water intake from underground sources includes formation water subsequently injected into the underground formations. (5) Water withdrawal from other sources includes wastewater from utilities taken and transferred to treatment facilities without use by Group organizations.