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Published UNECE’s Safety Guidelines and Good Industry Practices for Oil Terminals co-authored by Director for Science from GCE Group


Main target of the Guidelines is to ensure safety options required when managing oil terminals, with consideration to their lifecycle. Practical instructions have been developed to prevent industrial accidents at oil terminals and response to limit harmful consequences that affect humans and the environment.

Safety Guidelines and Good Industry Practices for Oil Terminals has been issued under the project aimed at control over hazardous factors and the crisis in the Danube delta, with the involvement of Republic of Moldova, Romania and Ukraine under the Assistance Program of the UNECE Convention on Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents.

The UNECE has been focusing on industrial accidents prevention since 1990. Industrial Accidents Convention (1992) helps to protect people and the environment by prevention of industrial accidents, reduction of their frequency and scale and minimization of harmful effects.

In March 2012, an international work group that unified top experts was formed under the UNECE Convention to develop safety guidelines for oil terminals. GCE’s Director for Science, Alexey Isakov became one of the aforesaid members and co-authors of the Guideline. UNECE also issued a gratitude letter to thank GCE Group President, Alexander Moskalenko for his contribution into the process.

The Guideline was developed considering data provided by national agencies, operators of oil terminals, financial institutions and non-governmental companies. Safety practices included into the Guideline are based on experience and lessons learnt from large-scale accidents. Consequently, the document promotes generally accepted and experience-based measures that comply with the international standards.


GCE Group is a lead company for health, safety and environment expertise in Russia and a global energy efficiency consultant independent from energy equipment suppliers. More than 20% of personnel have scientific degrees and are awarded for professional achievements. GCE’s top management participates in workgroups of UNECE, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and in the state expertise.

Forum participant’s opinion

I would like to thank you for the opportunity to speak about the changes in our legislation that are happening in our country now. The Forum is very useful, there are very few events like this one in industrial safety. We had enough time to discuss all the topics – accidents prevention, diagnostics, project inspections, industrial and state supervision – these are challenges we all face. We have a lot in common and will organize many joint events. I think the Forum was a success.

Unanbayev Nurbek

Unanbayev Nurbek, Deputy Chairman, Industrial Development & Industrial Safety Committee Ministry of Investments and Development (Republic of Kazakhstan)