Gazprom Neft, the Federal Road Agency (Rosavtodor), and gas processing and petrochemicals company SIBUR have signed a cooperation agreement on regulation governing the use of modern polymer materials in road construction.
The agreement was signed by Alexander Dyukov (Gazprom Neft Chairman of the Management Board), Roman Starovoyt (head of Rosavtodor), and Kirill Shamalov (Deputy CEO, SIBUR).
All parties confirmed their commitment to cooperating more closely on the adoption of regulation governing the application and usage of modern polymer materials in road surfacing.
The companies will be joining forces in establishing and developing a long-term forecast on the use of polymer materials in road construction, an industry-wide system for quality control over polymer materials (involving producers’ own laboratories), and a system for testing and monitoring the use of polymer materials in road construction.
Rosavtodor and SIBUR also plan to work together in coordinating research and development activities, and in developing vocational training programmes, cross-training and continued professional development, training and qualification requirements, and standards and proficiency testing programmes for employees of construction and project management organisations.
Alexander Dyukov commented: “Gazprom Neft’s strategy is predicated on our achieving technological leadership of the Russian bitumens market. To that end we are constantly implementing innovative production technologies, and improving the managerial effectiveness of the company’s bitumen business, as well as joining forces with all major market players to consolidate and improve regulation underpinning the industry. The harmonisation of standards regulating road construction is a powerful stimulus for the development of the entire industry and for the introduction of cutting-edge materials for the construction of high-quality, durable roads.”
Roman Starovoyt added: “Initiatives to increase the pool of laboratories taking part in the quality control of petrochemical by-products have already been undertaken. In order to rapidly increase the number of laboratories we engage with and utilise producers’ own facilities to conduct anonymous data-collection activities. This is directly relevant to the Federal Roads Agency, given the wide range of activities and the geographic scope of our work”.
Kirill Shamalov remarked: “Bringing together the abilities and resources of both regulators and the business community will, I am sure, allow us to significantly improve the situation in overcoming regulatory and technical barriers to the wider usage of polymer materials in the sector, and will facilitate better quality control and greater effectiveness in their application.”
The agreement will remain in force until the end of 2016, and may be extended, subject to the agreement of all parties.
Gazprom Neft is one of Russia’s leading producers and suppliers of bitumen products, actively developing this business sector since 2008.
The company’s key production facilities are based in the Moscow, Omsk, Yaroslavl and Ryazan Oblasts, as well as in Serbia and Kazakhstan. The company’s refining facilities produce road, construction and roofing bitumens, as well as polymer-modified asphalt and bitumen emulsions.
In October 2014 the company announced the establishment of a specialist subsidiary — Gazpromneft Bitumen Materials LLC — bringing together all management functions pertaining to the company’s bitumens business.
The Federal Road Agency of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation (Rosavtodor) is responsible for the management of federal public motorways. As of 2014, Rosavtodor administers over 48,000 km of federal roads, over 5,646 bridges and road interchanges, 30 car tunnels, 252 crosswalks of varying levels, and more than 10,000 pedestrian walkways.
The agency has the following key priorities: doubling construction of federal motorways by 2022 (in comparison with the preceding decade); implementing public—private partnership projects; ensuring the repair and maintenance of the federal motorways within budgetary limits in the current year and, thereafter, to 2019; and implementing initiatives directed at improving traffic safety.
Since November 2012 the Federal Road Agency has been headed by Roman Starovoyt.
SIBUR produces high-technology materials used in road construction — thermoplastic elastomers, adding high-performance characteristics to traditional bitumen, and polymer-modified geosynthetics.
In 2012 SIBUR and Gazprom Neft signed a partnership agreement on the production and usage of polymer materials in the road sector: under the terms of which SIBUR agreed to supply Gazprom Neft with thermoplastic elastomers to be used in the production of polymer-modified asphalt cement for improving the quality and durability of road surfaces. SIBUR owns and operates Russia’s largest gas processing business in terms of associated petroleum gas processing volumes, and is a leader in the Russian petrochemicals industry. The company operates across 26 production facilities located throughout various regions of Russia, and employs more than 26,000 personnel. The company’s products are sold to more than 1,400 major consumers operating in the energy, automotive, construction, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), chemical and other industries in approximately 70 countries around the world.
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