Manufacture of the first product under the brand of Gazprom Neft – a semi-synthetic engine oil Gazpromneft Super Oil ESX 10W-40 – was launched at Gazpromneft Lubricants Italia S.p.A plant in Bari (Italy).
In accordance with the strategy of introduction of Gazpromneft-branded oils at the Italian market, production of 20 items of oils will be mastered at the plant before 2009 year end. The product line includes synthetic, semi-synthetic and mineral oils meant for light vehicles (Gazpromneft Motor Oil series), semi-synthetic and mineral oils for commercial transport (Gazpromneft Super Oil series), industrial oils (Gazpromneft Hydraulic, Reductor, Cerculating Oils) and lubricants (Grease L, Grease L Moly, Metal Grease series).
Before launching production of oils under the brand of Gazprom Neft, the Italian plant had undergone a regular audit, which confirmed the plant’s compliance with ISO 9001 and 14001 quality standards.
“Launching production of oils under Gazprom Neft brand in Italy represents yet another Company’s step forward within the strategy of expanding to foreign markets as an end-product producer. By using Italian high precision oil blending capacities, Russian raw materials and Serbian NIS’ logistics resources, Gazprom Neft builds up an efficient international production chain”, - Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov pointed out.
In April 2009, Gazprom Neft acquired Chevron Italia S.p.A. oils and lubricants producing plant in the city of Bari (Italy) from Chevron Global Energy. The plant annual capacity makes up to 30 thousand tons of oils and 6 thousand tons of lubricants. The range of products includes 150 items of oils meant for light vehicles and commercial transport, as well as oils of industrial use. Specialized capacities allow producing 25 items of special high-technology lubricants used particularly in the course of drilling operations. The plant holds ISO 9002, 14001 certificates as well as an API license. All of the facility output meets European quality standards and the most recent demands of producers of automobile and industrial machinery.
Operational administration of the facility is assigned to OOO Gazprom Neft – Lubricants.