Gazprom Technological Development Session as Part of SPIGF and the Corporate Year of Quality – St. Petersburg International Gas Forum
9 October 2018
Gazprom Technological Development Session as Part of SPIGF and the Corporate Year of Quality
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On 3 October, 2018, in the framework of the 8th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum, a session on the technological development of Gazprom was held on the subject Management Quality in the Global Company as a Condition of Sustainable Development.

The event, organized by Media Miry with the information partnership of Gas Industry journal and Territorija NEFTEGAS (Oil and Gas Territory) journal, brought together over 400 participants – representatives of Departments and subsidiaries of Gazprom, OMV, Linde, BHGE, Shell, 3M, Severstal, KAMAZ, STROYGAZMONTAZH, the International Organization for Standardization ISO, Equipment Manufacturers Association "New Technologies of the Gas Industry", the Pipe Manufacturers Association, associations of construction organizations of the gas industry and other organizations.

The session was moderated by Alex Ezrakhovich – Director of International Relations of the Certification Association "Russian Register". An australian citizen, he is an international expert in quality management. Alex Ezrakhovich was involved in the development of the ISO 9001 standard, founded and headed the ISO / IAF audit practice group. He currently represents Australia in the Conformity Assessment Committee (CASCO) of International Organization for Standardization ISO and heads AEConformity consulting company.

Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom, welcomed the participants of the session. “Issues of quality are of paramount importance for Gazprom, since the company represents Russia in the markets of Europe and the Asia-Pacific Region,” — said Mr. Markelov. “A secure supply of natural gas to consumers is an indicator of the quality of work of Gazprom, a supply without interruptions, as compared to electricity and water supply. Behind this is the seemingly inconspicuous work of many specialists and a streamlined production system, the latest achievements of which can be found at the exhibition “Import Substitution in the Gas Industry” organized as part of SPIGF”.

In the panel discussion that opened the session, alongside Vitaly Markelov was attended by Isaac Sheps, ISO Director of Conformity Assessment and Consumer Issues, Cederic Kremers, Chairman of the Shell Concern in Russia, Dmitry Konov, Chairman of the Management Board of SIBUR Holding, Maxim Reshetnikov, Governor of the Perm Krai.

The first part of the Session was concluded by a solemn ceremony of awarding the winners of the international competition of young scientists "Oil and Gas Projects: a Look into the Future."

The Session's program included three concurrent sections: "Offshore Hydrocarbon Extraction Technologies", "LNG and Refining" and "Quality Management in the Gas Industry." In each section, reports on current issues of each of the areas were made. The first day of the briefing was rounded up by the communication in an informal setting over a dinner at the Russian Museum of Ethnography. On 4 and 5 October, the participants of the Session could see around the Forum’s exposition, attend the Plenary Session with participation of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom, and visit other convention events.

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