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Gazprom Neft to work with Japanese corporation FANUC on robotising industrial facilities

Gazprom Neft and FANUC Russia (a subsidiary of Japan’s FANUC Corporation) have agreed to develop joint projects in industrial robotisation — the signatories to this agreement being Andrey Belevtsev, Director for Digital Transformation, Gazprom Neft, and Alexandr Yashkin, Managing Director, FANUC LLC.

The objective of this collaboration is to collectively test and deploy technical solutions for developing standalone complexes for industrial facilities in the oil and gas industry — this partnership being expected to include joint R&D activities and research, as well as pilot-construction and technological activities in designing robotic arms — something Gazprom Neft plans to utilise throughout its industrial and retail assets.

In line with its Digital Transformation Strategy, Gazprom Neft is developing more than 250 scenarios for using robots throughout is hydrocarbon-production facilities, as well as in petroleum-products manufacturing and logistics. Pilot areas include robotising special-purpose machinery for use in groundworks; automating core-sample storage; oil-pipeline diagnostics; developing mechanised systems for shipping oil and finished products; and using robots at warehousing facilities, and in logistics.

Notes for editors

Gazprom Neft is a vertically integrated oil company, with production and refining volumes placing it among the top-three largest companies in Russia. The company specialises in high-tech hydrocarbon production, as well as the production and sale of effective, environmentally-friendly petroleum products. Gazprom Neft’s corporate structure encompasses more than 70 exploration and production, refining, and retailing enterprises throughout Russia, the CIS and worldwide.

FANUC is an international corporation, established in Japan in 1956. The company is a leading producer of production-automation equipment, having installed more than 4.4 million pieces of CNC (computerised numerical control) equipment, and 680,000 robots, throughout various countries worldwide. FANUC was the first company in Japan to build and operate an automated enterprise involving CNC-controlled machinery and robots. FANUC offers the world’s most extensive range of robots, covering more than 100 models. The company’s representative office in Russia —FANUC LLC — is located in Moscow, within the SKOLKOVO Innovation Center.