Gazprom Neft has concluded an agreement with the Tomsk Oblast Administration on developing cooperation in import substitution and oil production technologies, as well as on increasing supplies of high-tech bitumens and lubricants to the region. The agreement was signed at the 2021 St Petersburg International Economic Forum by Alexander Dyukov, Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft and Sergey Zhvachkin, Governor of the Tomsk Oblast.
The company is interested in purchasing high-tech industrial and scientific and technical products manufactured in the region, in using IT products, and in expanding the range of services offered by local enterprises. The Gazprom Neft Group’s procurement from manufacturers in the Tomsk Oblast has increased more than 20-fold over its eight years’ collaboration, from ?900 million in 2013 to almost ?22 billion in 2020. The company’s partner pool now includes 40 Tomsk enterprises, supplying automation and tele-mechanical systems, oil and gas production equipment, construction materials, chemical products, and communications and networking equipment.
Gazprom Neft is committed to increasing the involvement of scientific (R&D), innovation, and educational organisations in the Tomsk Oblast in its projects in developing new technologies, R&D, and pilot testing, with company facilities being used as test sites for innovative solutions, equipment and materials.
The parties have also agreed to continue their collaboration on import substitution in lubricants and automotive service fluids, initiated in 2016. Gazprom Neft has supplied more than 2,200 tonnes of high-tech lubricants to businesses in the Tomsk Oblast over the last five years. Gazprom Neft’s products are in considerable demand in passenger transport, the housing and utilities sector, and the energy industry.
The agreement also envisages more extensive use of Gazprom Neft’s advanced bitumen materials in roadbuilding and industrial construction. The company will increase supplies of its innovative bitumen products, formulations for which are specially adapted to the climatic conditions and traffic loads specific to the Tomsk Oblast. Gazprom Neft is also set to offer its own soil-stabilisation and strengthening technologies, as well as cold-in-place recycling technologies.