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Gazprom Neft developing high-tech bitumen production technologies

Gazpromneft Bitumen Materials, operator of the Gazprom Neft bitumens business, has signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Transport and Construction Complex Research Institute (an independent non-commercial organisation) on developing effective formulations for high-tech bitumen binders, and using these in roadbuilding, under an agreement signed by Dmitry Orlov, General Director, Gazpromneft Bitumen Materials, and Evgeny Simchuk, General Director of the Transport and Construction Complex Research Institute.

The parties have agreed to develop a roadmap directed at improving efficiency in using bitumen materials in building and operating transport infrastructure facilities. This partnership is expected to involve a series of R&D and pilot operations at the Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Centre in Ryazan, as well as at the Institute’s own research centre. Based on this work, current technical standards and methodologies for testing bitumen materials will be updated, in line with the needs of Russia’s roadbuilding industry. The agreement also envisages the parties collaborating in developing new innovative formulations for bitumens and asphalt mixes, using cutting-edge technological solutions in line with current regulatory, environmental and safety standards. In order to monitor effectiveness in using bitumen materials a progressive oversight system will be put forward for monitoring the operating conditions and status of highways and motorway test-sections.

“Our specialists joining forces means we will be able to integrate industry-wide scientific knowledge into the process of developing premium bitumen products. Our collaboration, which includes initiatives planned to train specialists at both our Science and Technology Centre and the Transport and Construction Complex Research Institute, will promote the development of bitumen-production technologies, extending the service life of road coverings.”
Dmitry Orlov
Dmitry Orlov General Director, Gazpromneft Bitumen Materials
“Both our research institute, and Gazpromneft-Bitumen Materials, are now focussed on improving quality standards in both works undertaken, and products manufactured, consistently improving our competencies and skills and undertaking major investigations into both roadbuilding materials and the techniques for using these. I have every confidence that our joining forces will give further impetus to effective technological development in roadbuilding.”
Evgeny Simchuk General Director of the Transport and Construction Complex Research Institute
Notes for editors

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 established a dedicated bitumens Science and Technology Centre in 2016, which has since become the first such organisation among Russia’s vertically integrated oil companies offering technological support to the bitumens business. The company is constantly developing new formulations, and further improving technology in the production of innovative binders.

The Transport and Construction Complex Research Institute (an independent non-commercial organisation) is professionally involved in technical regulation for roadbuilding, research into roadbuilding materials, and road-construction technologies.

The Institute has its own modern laboratory equipment on which road-building materials can be tested, not only against current national and CIS standards (as well as European and USA standards), but also in terms of the impact of materials on roads’ operational properties.

Based on the experience it has built up, together with research undertaken and analysis of modern requirements, the Institute develops regulation, provides independent testing and technical oversight services, and certifies road-construction materials, laboratories and specialist training for professionals in the roadbuilding industry.

The Institute’s specialists have been proactively involved in developing technical regulation for the CIS Customs Union, specifically “Highway Safety TR TC 014/2011” and inter-governmental standards ensuring compliance with this. More than 200 documents on standardisation, the majority of which comprise national or provisional national standards, have been developed with the involvement of the Institute’s specialists since 2008.