Gazpromneft-Bitumen Materials is the operator of the Gazprom Neft bitumens business.
Sales of high-tech bitumen binders (modified and bitumen-derivative products) saw a 40% increase in 2017, to 149,000 tonnes. Total sales of bitumen products were 2.5 million tonnes (+20%).
Production facilities for the production of bitumen materials are located in Moscow, Omsk, Yaroslavl, Ryazan, Rostov and Smolensk regions, as well as in Kazakhstan and Serbia. Branded road, construction and roofing bitumens, as well as polymer-bitumen binders and bitumen emulsions, are produced at Gazprom Neft’s refining facilities. The company is actively investing in developing bitumen production.
Gazpromneft Bitumen Materials supplies bitumen materials to Russia and the CIS by road and rail.
The Omsk and Yaroslavl refineries have a packing line for loading bitumen materials into one-tonne containers like the Clovertainer. This type of packaging retains the bitumen’s high quality and it is more convenient for transporting, warehousing and storing bitumens so it is possible to deliver supplies to remote and hard-to-access regions.
The company provides a service for the delivery of bitumen materials: a modern fleet of bitumen trucks allows for delivery with a guarantee that the quality of bitumen is preserved and the products will be delivered on time.
The company launched premium products in new markets in 2017, both in mature markets such as Finland, as well as developing markets such as Bolivia, Chile and Peru.
Polymer-bitumen binders (PBBs) are formulated from bitumens with added polymers and plasticizers.
They are used in road construction, being much stronger and more durable than standard asphalt concrete. Thanks to these materials, expenditure on road maintenance can be reduced by up to 60 percent, and average service lives extended from three to four years to seven to 10.
In 2016 Gazpromneft-BM opened its own Science and Technology Centre, where it is developing innovative bitumen materials and where theoretical calculations are being tested on equipment allowing the simulation of actual traffic conditions.
Bitumen business development
The company is actively involved in developing the market for premium bitumen products in Russia as part of Gazpromneft-Bitumen Materials’ long-term development strategy.
The Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Centre, established within the Ryazan bitumens plant in 2016, is the first forum within a Russian vertically integrated oil company (VIOC) to support scientific research in the bitumens industry. The modern equipment with which the Science and Technology Centre’s laboratories are equipped means that genuine traffic loads, traffic-flows and intensity, as well as the climatic conditions of various regions, can be simulated.
As a result of its specialists’ high levels of expertise, in some regions of Russia Gazprom Neft’s Science and Technology Centres act as independent laboratories under the “Safe and High-quality Roads” federal project.
The production and application of modern bituminous materials is critical to the development of the road industry. Six years ago, Gazprom Neft has initiated a cross-industry conference forum on the application of bitumen materials in Russian road construction to discuss the most important issues in production technology and the application prospects for bitumen products and industry legislation.
Engine Oils and Lubricants
Gazprom Neft sells oils and lubricants via its own filling station network and also supplies products to retail chains, online stores, service stations and the assembly lines of automotive manufacturers