Gazprom Neft has started producing a high-tech synthetic additive component used in manufacturing motor oils. The first commercial batch — 80,000 tonnes of high alkaline calcium sulfonate — having been produced at Gazprom Neft’s Omsk Lubricants Plant, one of Russia’s most advanced specialist enterprises. Calcium sulfonate is a key component in producing the additives used in today’s lubricants. Manufacturing of this new product has been made possible by the modernisation of the additives production facility at the Omsk Lubricants Plant.
The company’s newly developed synthetic additive — Gazpromneft ALDM-400 — has powerful detergent/dispersant, anti-corrosion and neutralising properties against oil-degradation and fuel-oxidation products, preventing the formation of carbon- and other deposits and varnish at high temperatures, extending engines’ failure-free run time.
This Gazprom Neft synthetic additive has demonstrated high effectiveness during laboratory and bench testing, its key physical and chemical properties matching those of international alternatives used in producing lubricants in the higher API international classificaitons.*
Imported sulfonate additives currently account for around 35% of all additives used by domestic producers in producing modern synthetic lubricants. Gazprom Neft plans to increase production of its own high-tech calcium sulfonate component to 3,400 tonnes per year by 2024, more than replacing foreign alternatives at the company’s lubricants facilities and those of its partnering businesses.
“Developing and manufacturing our own sulfonate additives has considerable strategic importance not just for Gazprom Neft, but for the entire Russian lubricants industry. These additives are one of the key components in producing high-tech synthetic oils approved for use in modern internal combustion engines. In having started production of our own high-tech, cutting-edge product we will not only be providing essential components for the company’s plants, but will be reducing the entire industry’s dependence on imported additives, going forward. The anticipated economic benefit of scaling-up production of our own calcium sulfonate additive is around RUB500 million.”Alexander Trukhan Director General, Gazpromneft-Lubricants
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 in Russia, Italy and Serbia. The company’s clients and customers include leading industrial enterprises, with a product range including 700 branded oils and lubricants across all market sectors (more than 2,800 products in total). The company is also involved in the production and sale of marine lubricants. Gazpromneft-Lubricants has a 22% market share in packaged lubricants in Russia, as well as operating in 80 countries abroad. The company’s products have received more than 400 endorsements from major equipment manufacturers including KAMAZ, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Volvo, Renault, General Motors, Cummins, MAN Russia, ZF, Bosch Rexroth, and others.
* The American Petroleum Institute (API) is the largest international association for the oil and gas industry, and one of the key developers of oil and gas industry standards.