Gazprom Neft is one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of bitumen products in Russia. Gazprom Neft has its own bitumen production facilities in Russia (Moscow, Omsk, Yaroslavl, Ryazan, Vyazma, and Salsk), Serbia and Kazakhstan.
In 2018, premium sales of bitumen materials reached 350 kt, up 20.7% year-on-year. The growth was due to a wider range of bitumen, its derivatives and related services offered, as well as an increase in domestic demand, expanded geography of third-party refining and access to new overseas markets. In 2018, the Company started selling premium products in Slovakia, Poland, Moldova and Colombia.
Measures to improve capacity utilization at the large bitumen unit of Moscow Refinery allowed the Company to produce more than 1.5 mt of products in 2018 (its design capacity is 1.7 mtpa). Also in 2018, the Company increased the output at its Ryazan plant by a third to 500 tpd.
Gazprom Neft was the first Russian petroleum company to start developing its own bitumen terminal network. The Company acquired its first asset, Salsk (Rostov Region) high-tech production and logistics terminal, in 2018. It will become an important element to reinforce its logistics system that will ensure the supply of innovative bitumen products throughout Russia’s southern regions.
The terminal is capable of transhipping up to 140 ktpa of PMACs. Automated temperature control in bitumen tanks maintains the product quality, and the mixing system ensures product homogeneity. In addition to that, the plant operates a PMACPolymer modified asphalt cements (PMACs) are made of bitumen by adding polymers and plasticizers. Compared to base bitumens, PMACs have enhanced qualities, such as increased resistance to deformation, improved behaviour at high and low temperatures, and increased resistance to ageing. Such materials expand the time between road repairs, doubling their lifespan. Gazpromneft Bitumen Materials develops such products in its own research and development centre. manufacturing unit.
The Company’s bitumen business unit also carries out breakthrough projects, including automation of product quality assurance and logistic schemes based on digital simulations.