Gazprom Neft and the Government of the Leningrad Oblast have used the occasion of the 2018 St Petersburg International Economic Forum to conclude a Cooperation Agreement on the supply of bitumen materials. The document was signed by Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov and Governor of the Leningrad Oblast, Alexandr Drozdenko.
Under this agreement the company will increase the region’s supplies of both basic road bitumens, as well as innovative polymer-bitumen binders and other high-tech products (including bridging tapes, mastics and other sealants, emulsions, and protective and restorative components). The agreement is to be implemented by Gazpromneft Bitumen Materials, a company now actively involved in implementing major projects in developing the transport network of the Leningrad Oblast. The company’s bitumens will be used in laying the road surface of the M-11 (Moscow — St Petersburg), the Road of Life (Ryabovskoe) and other highways. Gazprom Neft supplied 43,000 tonnes of bitumen products to the region in 2017.
Improving the quality of road coverings and extending the service life of the region’s highways will be ensured through scientific and technological (R&D) operations and laboratory testing of bitumen binders and asphalt mixes at Russia’s biggest specialist Science and Technology Centre for Bitumen Materials, based within Gazprom Neft’s own production facilities in Ryazan. Using the Science and Technology Centre’s unique and high-tech equipment, actual operational conditions on federal and regional highways will be modelled, taking high traffic and the impacts on road surfaces into account. As a result of this research, optimum formulations of asphalt-concrete mixes will be developed, adapted to the climatic conditions of the Leningrad Oblast, as well as to intensive traffic loads, including freight traffic.
A key area of focus in this collaboration will involve the construction of experimental road sections and the application of Gazprom Neft’s innovative polymer-modified binders. The outcomes of monitoring the coverings on such sections will be used in joint research and development activities and in controlling the quality of bitumen materials and asphalt mixes used.
Alexander Dyukov, Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft, commented: “Some of Russia’s most important transport routes pass through the Leningrad Oblast, connecting Russia with Scandinavia, the countries of Western and Eastern Europe, and the Russian Far North. The region is also well-known for tourist attractions of federal and global significance. All of which is driving increasing demand for a more developed road network — and building modern, high-quality roads demands high-technology materials. Gazprom Neft, as a leader in the domestic innovative bitumen materials market, is able to meet the needs of the Leningrad Oblast in both traditional high-quality bitumen brands, and in unique innovative products. I have every confidence that using our bitumen binders will take the region’s road-building industry to a completely new level.”
Leningrad Oblast Governor Aleksandr Drozdenko stressed: “Gazprom Neft has been researching and utilising modern bitumen materials — which can significantly extend the useful life of road surfaces — for many years. Work has also been done on materials particularly appropriate for the climatic conditions of our region, and we intend to make use of them.”
Gazpromneft Bitumen Materials is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, specialising in the production and sale of bitumen products. The company currently holds a leading position on the Russian bitumens market. The company now holds a leading position on the Russian bitumens market, with total sales of Gazpromneft-Bitumens’ products in 2017 reaching 2.3 million tonnes.
The company’s key production facilities are based in the Moscow, Vyazma, 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 (PMBs) and binders, and a range of bitumen derivatives (mastic compounds, sealants, bridging tapes and more). All bitumen materials produced by Gazprom Neft are fully compliant with Russian and international quality standards.
The Gazprom Neft Moscow Refinery’s bitumens plant is the largest producer of bitumen binders in Russia. The reconstruction of the facility in 2012 as part of the refinery’s large-scale modernisation saw the complex become one of the most high-tech plants in Europe, and one of the most important in terms of output, with the facility having a potential production capacity of 1.7 million tonnes per year.
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