Gazprom Neft has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation and entered into a strategic partnership with the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) to supply cutting-edge lubricants to the company’s shipbuilding facilities. Signatories to the document, signed at this year’s St Petersburg International Economic Forum, were Alexander Dyukov, Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft and Alexey Rakhmanov, President, United Shipping Corporation.
The Memorandum envisages the parties cooperating in developing supplies of high-quality and environmentally friendly lubricants meeting the latest industrial requirements and standards. Lubricants and other service fluids produced by Gazprom Neft will be used in implementing ongoing and future shipbuilding projects at USC, including construction of icebreakers, transportation vessels, special-purpose vessels, and marine equipment for offshore development and oil production rigs.
Under this partnership specialists from Gazpromneft Lubricants (operator of the Gazprom Neft lubricants business) and USC will also undertake joint research and development (R&D) activities, the outcomes of which will be used in developing new (and improving existing) unique formulations for innovative lubricants to be used in building, servicing and repairing vessels.
Alexander Dyukov, Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft, emphasized: "Gazprom Neft"s marine lubricants have been successfully tested — and have demonstrated excellent operational performance — under various climatic conditions, from severe Arctic latitudes to Equatorial waters. Under this agreement, projects under management by the country’s largest shipbuilding company will be supplied with high-quality lubricants, produced in Russia. Added to which, in partnership with USC we will continue to fine-tune our product formulations, adapting these in line with the individual requirements of specific vessels".Alexander Dyukov Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft
Alexey Rakhmanov, President, United Shipping Corporation, pointed out that cooperation between the two companies has been ongoing since 2017, when an agreement was signed, during that year’s St Petersburg International Economic Forum, on developing technologies to explore the Russian Continental Shelf.
"We are now opening up a new chapter in our collaboration"— said Rakhmanov. — Together, we will improve the efficiency of the lubricants and technical fluids used in building and operating ships“.Alexey Rakhmanov President, United Shipping Corporation
Gazpromneft Lubricants Ltd (“Gazpromneft Lubricants”) is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft", specialising in the production and sale of oils, lubricants and service fluids. Established in November 2007, Gazpromneft Lubricants has six production facilities throughout Russia, Italy and Serbia. Total production volumes stand at 600,000 tonnes of premium oils, lubricants and service fluids per year. Management policies at Gazpromneft Lubricants and its production assets are fully compliant with international ISO standards, including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, IATF 16949 and OHSAS 18001. The company’s product range includes 600 branded oils and lubricants across all market sectors (more than 1,500 products in total), including marine lubricants sold under the company’s own Gazpromneft Ocean trademark. Marine lubricants in the company’s product portfolio include modern engine oils for high-, medium- and low-speed engines running on various marine fuels, as well as compressor, gear, hydraulic, turbine and transmission oils, lubricants and coolants. All lubricants have been approved by leading equipment manufacturers including Wartsila, Winterthur Gas&Diesel, MAN Diesel & Turbo, Sulzer, Bosch Rextroth, Siemens, Pleidger, Alfa-laval, GEA Westfalia and Schottel, and have successfully passed various industrial tests, including meeting Denison HF-0, Cincinnati P-68/69/70 and Eaton Vickers specifications. The company’s marine lubricants are available at key Russian and international ports.
The United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) is Russia’s largest shipbuilding company. Established by Presidential Decree in 2007, 100 percent of the company’s shares are government-owned. The business includes about 40 businesses and industry organisations (key shipbuilding and dry-dock shipyards, as well as leading design bureaux). Most domestic construction facilities are currently concentrated within USC. While the company does export to 20 countries worldwide, the Russian market is the priority for the corporation.