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Gazprom Neft develops a bitumen terminals network

Gazpromneft Bitumen Materials, operator of the Gazprom Neft bitumens business, has acquired a high-technology manufacturing—logistics terminal (TA Bitumen LLC) in Salsk, in the Rostov Oblast. This new asset will become a major part of the logistics system currently being put in place by the company to ensure supplies of innovative bitumen products throughout Russia’s southern regions.

The terminal’s infrastructure allows the transshipment of up to 140,000 tonnes of bitumen binders every year, with storage facilities capable of holding up to 30,000 tonnes of manufactured goods at any one time. Process facilities at the new asset include a 300-tonne-per-day capacity polymer-bitumen binder production unit, a 200-tonne-per-day packaging unit, a 2,000-tonne-per-day capacity automated vehicle loading point, and an elevated tank-car filling rack for loading packaged bitumens, and loading/off-loading rail tank cars. Deliveries of raw materials will be managed from the Gazprom Neft Moscow Refinery, location of one of the most high-tech complexes for manufacturing bitumen products in Russia.

The production unit at Gazprom Neft’s bitumen terminal in Salsk is fully automated, and fully compliant with international industrial and environmental safety standards. Being equipped with laboratory facilities on site will allow full control over the quality of raw materials and manufactured goods, at every stage of production.

Anatoly Cherner, Deputy CEO for Logistics, Processing and Sales, Gazprom Neft, commented: “Gazprom Neft is developing its bitumens business in an integrated and comprehensive manner, offering a full range of integrated services including multimodal logistics, optimum packaging solutions, scientific and technical support in using bitumen materials, and IT services. Developing our own terminals network will allow us to further consolidate the company’s leading position in the bitumens market, and expand our geographic coverage in delivering modern, high-quality products.”

Russia’s Southern Federal District is a target region for Gazprom Neft in expanding the geographic range of the company’s distribution of bitumen products, with Partnership Agreements being concluded with the governments of the Stavropolsky Krai, the Krasnodarsky Krai and the Rostov Oblast throughout 2016–2017, aimed at promoting cooperation in meeting the region’s demand for Gazprom Neft’s high-technology bitumens and bitumen derivatives for highways construction and re-construction. Total supplies of bitumen materials to counterparties in Russia’s southern regions saw a two-fold year-on-year increase in 2017.

Gazpromneft Bitumen Materials is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, specialising in the production and sale of bitumen products. The company currently holds a leading position on the Russian bitumens market. The company now holds a leading position on the Russian bitumens market, with total sales of Gazpromneft-Bitumens’ products in 2017 reaching 2.3 million tonnes.

The company’s key production facilities are based in the Moscow, Vyazma, Omsk, Yaroslavl and Ryazan Oblasts, as well as in Serbia and Kazakhstan. The company produces road, construction and roofing bitumens, as well as polymer-modified bitumens (PMBs) and binders, and a range of bitumen derivatives (mastic compounds, sealants, bridging tapes and more). All bitumen materials produced by Gazprom Neft are fully compliant with Russian and international quality standards.

The Gazprom Neft Moscow Refinery’s bitumens plant is the largest producer of bitumen binders in Russia. The reconstruction of the facility in 2012 as part of the refinery’s large-scale modernisation saw the complex become one of the most high-tech plants in Europe, and one of the most important in terms of output, with the facility having a potential production capacity of 1.7 million tonnes per year.

TA Bitumens is Russia’s market-leading distributor of bitumen materials. In addition to its direct ownership of bitumen terminals, the company’s business also includes engineering, logistics and bitumen sales.

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