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Gazprom Neft to collaborate with St Petersburg’s State Institute of Technology on implementing the country’s national project to establish a cutting-edge catalyst-production facility in Omsk

Gazpromneft-Catalytic Systems and St Petersburg’s State Institute of Technology have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on developing oil-refining catalyst technologies. This Memorandum was signed remotely by Alexander Chembulaev, Director General, Gazpromneft-Catalytic Systems and Andrey Shevchuk, Acting Rector, St Petersburg State Institute of Technology, during the annual industry PRO Catalysis Forum 2020.

Under this Memorandum the parties have agreed to work together in creating new catalyst development technologies and in training specialist personnel for future production. Gazprom Neft is collaborating with leading Russian scientific institutions in implementing this project and in establishing a modern production facility in Omsk, with partners already including the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk (a Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences), the Center of New Chemical Technologies, Omsk (also a Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences), and Moscow Lomonosov State University.

“Our university has more than half a century’s work in developing catalyst technologies. Partnering with cutting-edge ‘real-industry’ companies is essential for full-scale R&D work in this very high-tech area. This Memorandum will make possible joint projects on developing and testing new technologies, as well as delivering practical training for specialists — both of which are key tasks facing the industry. Our cooperation with Gazpromneft-Catalytic Systems will make it possible to improve efficiency in developing new-generation domestic catalysts.”
Andrey Shevchuk Acting Rector, St Petersburg State Institute of Technology
“Developing new catalyst technologies is a knowledge-intensive process. We are developing a new sector in Russian industry, in close cooperation with the expert community. St Petersburg’s State Institute of Technology has colossal scientific capacity. Science and business joining forces will make work on catalyst technologies more effective. Added to which we are planning, under this Memorandum, to implement joint projects on training highly qualified specialists, in considerable demand across the industry as a whole.”
Alexander Chembulaev
Alexander Chembulaev Director General, Gazpromneft-Catalytic Systems
Notes for editors

Gazpromneft-Catalytic Systems is a Gazprom Neft subsidiary, established to manage all aspects of the company’s catalyst business, from production to the provision of a full range of technical-support services.

Refining catalysts are substances which, when introduced into immediate chemical interactions, speed up chemical reactions in oil refining.

High-technology catalyst production at Gazprom Neft will make it possible to meet Russian refineries’ demand for secondary-refining catalysts in full. Total annual production capacity is 21,000 tonnes, comprising 6,000 tonnes of hydrogenation catalysts, and 15,000 tonnes of cat-cracking catalysts — all of which are used in key secondary refining processes facilitating the production of Euro-5 motor fuels.

Gazprom Neft is developing innovative technologies in catalyst production in conjunction with major Russian catalytic-process research and development centres. The company’s partners on this national project, specifically, are the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk (a Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences), and the Center of New Chemical Technologies (Omsk, until March 2019 the Institute for Problems of Hydrocarbon Refining, also a Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences) which, in conjunction with the company, are leading work on developing new (and improving existing) catalyst production technologies.