As part of an emergency response programme for the recent oil spill in Norilsk, Russia, Volga-Dnepr Group has operated a series of flights to transport rescue equipment and reagents for energy corporation Gazprom.

Over 40 tonnes of cargo were flown by two charter flights on Volga-Dnepr Airline’s IL76-TD-90VD aircraft from Nizhnevartovsk to Norilsk.

The loads included oil spill liquidation and pumping equipment, excavators and booms, a tent camp and autonomous support systems, together with food supplies for emergency responders at the site.

The programme was also supported by four flights carrying sorbents and containers operated by sister Volga-Dnepr Group airline ATRAN, using scheduled services from Moscow.

Gazprom Neft sent a mobile emergency rescue team – equipped with specialist tools and machinery, and including 70 rescue professionals and specialists from Khanty-Mansiysk, Megion, Noyabrsk and St Petersburg – to help in emergency response following a major oil-products spill in Norilsk at the beginning of June.

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