Gazpromneft Bitumen Materials, operator of Gazprom Neft’s bitumens business, and Autonomous federal agency RosdorNII (the Russian Highways Scientific Research Institute) have entered into a cooperation agreement, signed by Gazprom Neft Bitumen Materials CEO Dmitry Orlov and RosdorNII General Director Alexei Varyatchenko, directed at promoting the production and use of innovative materials in road construction.
The document envisages Gazpromneft Bitumens and RosdorNII’s specialists bringing their skills to bear in R&D and pilot activities, patent research and laboratory testing. In addition to which, the parties will be involved in developing progressive systems for monitoring the operating status of road sections on which bitumen binders might be used, developing new standard solutions, and making recommendations on using high-tech bitumen products. A key area of joint activity will be further improving the regulatory and methodological groundwork in developing, producing and utilising bitumen materials, in line with the roadbuilding industry’s immediate needs.
The effectiveness of this joint work will be ensured by the competencies and developments of Gazprom Neft’s specialist Bitumen Materials Science and Technology Centre (STC), the largest in Russia, established within the company’s own production plant in Ryazan, where the actual operating conditions of federal and regional highways are simulated on the STC’s unique high-tech equipment, taking into account high traffic loads, the impact on road coverings, and the specific climatic conditions of certain regions of Russia. Optimum asphalt mixes will then be developed, based on testing outcomes.
Dmitry Orlov, CEO, Gazpromneft Bitumen Materials, commented: «RosdorNII today acts as a federal centre in promoting cutting-edge products for highways construction. Gazprom Neft is a recognised market leader in Russia in developing and producing high-tech bitumens. Obviously, collaboration between science and business under this agreement will deliver a considerable synergistic effect in addressing the most important task in improving the safety and durability of Russia’s roads.»
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’s key production facilities are based in the Moscow, Omsk, Yaroslavl, Smolensk, Rostov 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 (specifically G-Way Styrelf), and a range of bitumen derivatives (mastic compounds, sealants, bridging tapes and more). The company is constantly developing new formulations, and further improving technology in the production of innovative binders.
RosdorNII is an autonomous federal agency and a leading organisation in developing and supporting regional and federal target programmes in Russia directed at innovation and improvement in Russia’s highways. The company’s activities include basic and applied research, as well as practical R&D activities, developing industry regulatory documents, design and diagnostics in road construction and civil engineering, developing information technology (IT) for the roadbuilding industry, and promoting the adoption of advanced technologies, techniques and materials, in practice.