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Gazprom Neft has signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Russian State Scientific Centre for Robotics and Technical Cybernetics (RTC) on developing solutions in robotization and unmanned operation systems. The signatories to the document, concluded during this year’s St Petersburg International Economic Forum, were Anatoly Cherner, Deputy CEO for Logistics, Refining and Sales, Gazprom Neft, and Alexander Lopota, Director and Chief Designer, RTC.

On the photo (from left to right): Anatoly Cherner, Deputy CEO for Logistics, Refining and Sales, Gazprom Neft, and Alexander Lopota, Director and Chief Designer, RTC

The agreement provides for comprehensive research, pilot-development and technological work in designing robotized manipulators for use at Gazprom Neft’s industrial assets. Key projects for consideration include solutions for the robotized packaging of bitumen materials in warehouses; the shipment of oil products to bitumen carriers, airfield tankers and rail tank cars; and “wing-tip” aviation refuelling. Technologies based on automated handling mechanisms (robotized “arms”) will ensure maximum efficiency in production processes and will be integrated into a single digital company-wide platform. The agreement is to be implemented by the Gazprom Neft Digital Innovations Centre.

Anatoly Cherner, Deputy CEO, Logistics, Processing and Sales, Gazprom Neft, commented: “The digitalization of the Russian economy poses new challenges for industry in improving operational efficiency. Gazprom Neft is addressing the challenges it faces in a comprehensive and holistic way: creating a single, inclusive technological platform, digitizing business processes, utilising drones, and implementing robotic equipment — these innovations will ensure our competitive advantage in the Russian oil industry.”

Alexander Lopota, Director and Chief Designer, RTC, added: “The RTC has rich and extensive practical experience in creating high-tech robotic and special-purpose systems. The priority area of focus in the Institute’s activities currently concerns taking the lead in service robotics and the robotics industry in various fields, including nuclear power engineering, transport engineering, space, medical and instrumentation, and the creation of automated logistics complexes. To which end, we see cooperation with Gazprom Neft as a strategic partnership in implementing scientific and technical developments accumulated over the years at the RTC in developing modern robotized centres and facilities, manipulation systems, and universal platforms, based on the building-block concept, and developing technologies and algorithms for their functioning and application.”

Notes for editors

Gazprom Neft is a vertically integrated oil company, primarily involved in oil and gas exploration and production, refining, and the production and sale of oil products. The Gazprom Neft’s corporate structure comprises more than 70 production, refining and sales subsidiaries throughout Russia, the CIS, and abroad.

The company’s proved and probable reserves (SPE-PRMS) are estimated at 2.78 billion tonnes of oil equivalent (btoe), making Gazprom Neft one of the top-20 largest oil and gas companies in the world, and one of Russia’s top three largest companies in terms of production and refining volumes. Total production in 2017 reached 89.75 million tonnes of oil equivalent (mtoe), with refining volumes of 40.1 million tonnes.

Gazprom Neft products are exported to more than 50 countries worldwide, and sold throughout the Russian Federation and abroad. The company’s filling station network totals more than 1,850 outlets throughout Russia, the CIS and Europe.

The Russian State Scientific Centre for Robotics and Technical Cybernetics (RTC) is one of the largest research centres in Russia. The Institute has a developed scientific and research and design-engineering base, unique test facilities and pilot production.

The institute’s main inventions include mobile robotic systems for specific applications and safety, land, air and marine radiation monitoring systems, soft landing control systems and spacecraft life support systems, medical facilities for minimally invasive surgery, computer vision systems for security and object management, on-ground orientation systems for aviation, land and water vehicles, network processors (screens), automated laser beam machines for marking, welding and cutting, and information security systems.

The RTC collaborates with specialist research institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences as well as universities throughout Russia, and holds regular forums, conferences and seminars of national and international importance. The main customers of RTC products in Russia are the leading enterprises in the space-rocket industry, government corporations and agencies, and industrial enterprises.