Gazprom Neft commences export of polymer-modified bitumens

Gazpromneft Bitumen Materials (Gazpromneft BM LLC), operator of the Gazprom Neft bitumens business, has completed the first shipment of polymer—bitumen binders* to Italy, having also begun supplying the Czech Republic and Lithuania since the beginning of this year.

In Europe, bitumens supplied by Gazpromneft BM are used in road construction, and in the production of polymer—bitumen roofing materials for industrial and low-rise construction.

Polymer-bitumens produced by Gazpromneft BM are consistent with international quality standards. Products for long-distance transportation are re-packaged into Clovertainers®** or “big bags” (an alternative form of soft packaging), widely used in both Russia and abroad, ensuring convenient delivery by all means of transport.

Gazpromneft BM CEO Dmitry Orlov commented: “Commencing exports of polymer—bitumen binders marks a major step for us, testifying that bitumen products produced at our facilities match those widely used abroad. In order to achieve the targets set for the Gazprom Neft bitumens business to 2025 we plan to further improve our production technology and the formulations used in our materials, as well as the quality of service offered to our partners in both Russia and abroad.”

*Polymer—bitumen binders are based on traditional bitumens, with the addition of styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) polymers and a plasticizer. Polymer—bitumen binders demonstrate better quality in comparison with traditional bitumen, including greater resistance to warping, better endurance under high and low temperatures, and greater resistance against deterioration.

**The Clovertainer® is a one-tonne capacity laminated carton container. Packaging bitumens in Clovertainers allows the transportation, storage and preservation of bitumens with no loss of quality, allowing their long-distance delivery, year-round.

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Established in October 2014, Gazpromneft Bitumen Materials (Gazpromneft BM LLC) is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, specialising in the production and sale of bitumen products and leading the domestic market, achieving sales of 1.8 million tonnes of bitumen materials in 2014.

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 produces road, construction and roofing bitumens, as well as polymer-modified bitumens and binders (specifically G-Way Styrelf), and a range of emulsions and mastics.

Gazprom Neft uses a variety of transport solutions to ensure the supply of bitumen materials throughout Russia, the CIS, and abroad. The company’s facilities in Omsk, Yaroslavl and Ryazan are equipped with specialist packaging production lines allowing the transportation of bitumen products throughout the country’s most remote and inaccessible regions.

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