The Company's leading position on the domestic market of oils and lubricants is supported by high-capacity advanced production facilities, including five facilities in Russia and Italy, and an extensive distribution network in the B2C and B2B segments. It includes Gazprom Neft's filling stations, retail and online shops, service stations, and vehicle manufacturers' assembly lines.
In 2018, total premium sales of oils and lubricants grew 6.9% to 0.31 mt. Sales of G-Energy-branded premium oils rose 12% to 52 kt in 2018. The key growth driver in the premium segment were rising domestic sales.
As at the year-end, Gazprom Neft’s share in the Russian market of packaged oils and lubricants rose 0.7 pp to 22%. The Company's international marketing geography expanded to a total of 78 countries with sales launched in Singapore, Tanzania, Nepal, Pakistan, Sudan and Yemen.
The company continues expanding its range of oils. In the past year, 58 new premium products were brought to the market, and 27 existing ones were reformulated to use the Company's G-Base oils in their composition.
The new G-Energy Synthetic engine oils (5 products) developed from proprietary synthetic base oils was launched. They provide enhanced oxidation resistance and allow lubricants to retain their properties longer. One of the engine oils in the new line – G-Energy Synthetic Long Life 10W-40 – has been already approved by Mercedes-Benz.
In 2018, the Company launched new Gazpromneft GK transformer oils and Gazpromneft White Oils to be used in the food, cosmetics and chemical industry equipment. In addition to that, the Company has started producing the G-Special Power HVLP line of innovative energy-efficient hydraulic fluids that successfully replace imported products manufactured by E xx onMobil and Shell. Tests confirmed their high quality and compliance with the requirements of key consumers. By 2030, Gazprom Neft plans to hold a 35% share in the market of synthetic energy-efficient hydraulic fluids in Russia and CIS.
The company continues developing its network of premium branded G-Energy Service stations. In 2018, the network added 50 new stations reaching a total of 170 outlets in 16 countries. Over 360,000 motorists used an express oil change service at partner service stations.