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11.10.2019

BLUE CORRIDOR – GAS INTO ENGINES 2019 came to finish at ExpoForum

The International Rally BLUE CORRIDOR – GAS INTO ENGINES 2019 that had started on August 29 in Turkey, triumphantly came to finish on October 3 at St. Petersburg International Gas Forum.

The International Rally BLUE CORRIDOR – GAS INTO ENGINES 2019 that had started on August 29 in Turkey, triumphantly came to finish on October 3 at St. Petersburg International Gas Forum.

On September 20 at Lubmin (Germany) via a video link, participants of the Russian stage of the race took over from the European-stage crews that had travelled 5,320 kilometers from Istanbul  to Lubmin between August 29 and September 20.

The Russian section of the race began at the Russkaya Compressor Station (the Krasnodar Territory), the start point of the TurkStream, and followed to the start point of the Nord Stream-2 at the south coast of the Gulf of Finland not far from Ust Luga. The Russian section of the race was 2,760 kilometers long. In 10 days, the participants drove across the Krasnodar Territory and the Rostov, Voronezh, Belgorod, Moscow, Novgorod and Leningrad Regions. Fueling the vehicles with natural gas was, in particular, provided at 13 CNG filling stations.

The European route started at Istanbul, and then via the Balkans it took the participants to Italy, Belgium, Austria, and Germany.

The finish ceremony of the BLUE CORRIDOR – GAS INTO ENGINES 2019 Rally was participated by Victor Zubkov, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Gazprom; Uwe Fip, Senior Vice President Gas Supply & Origination, Uniper SE; Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee, Gazprom; Vyacheslav Mikhalenko, Member of the Management Committee, Gazprom; Oleg Melekhin, CEO, Gazprom Gas-Engine Fuel.

The rally finishing ceremony started with presentation of the participants – the vehicles that travelled along the Russian part of BLUE CORRIDOR using compressed natural gas. The list was rather patriotic: compact LADA Vesta, bi-fuel minivan LADA Largus, cargo GASon NEXT, and bus  Lotos. The German Volkswagen took part in the Rally over Russia to emphasize cooperation of Germany and Uniper SE under the project BLUE CORRIDOR – GAS INTO ENGINES.

Victor Zubkov, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Gazprom, remarked that “natural gas is the best engine fuel.” He added that in the past 4 years, Gazprom built 86 gas fuelling stations, and by the end of 2019 another 43 facilities were going to be completed.

Uwe Fip, Senior Vice President Gas Supply & Origination, Uniper SE congratulated the crews on finishing and said that he believes, compressed natural gas is especially suitable for light vehicles.

 

Reference

For the 1st time, the International Rally BLUE CORRIDOR was arranged in 2008 by Gazprom Group. In 2010, Uniper SE joined the project as a co-organizer. Later, other participants of the European and Russian gas and car markets pitched in.

During the existence time of the project, it was participated by a total of 200+ factory-made gas vehicles using compressed and liquefied natural gas. They drove 60+ thousand kilometers across Europe and Asia, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.

Uniper SE is an energy company focusing on natural gas, electric energy production and global energy trade.

11.10.2019

We can deliver unparallel results if we’re ready to communicate

On October 3 at the stand arranged by Wintershall Dea within the exhibition of St. Petersburg International Gas Forum, a welcome reception took place in observance of the German Unity Day.

On October 3 at the stand arranged by Wintershall Dea within the exhibition of St. Petersburg International Gas Forum, a welcome reception took place in observance of the German Unity Day.

In his welcome speech Mr. Mario Mehren, Chairman of the Board and CEO at Wintershall Dea GmbH, congratulated all in attendance: “Today is a very important day for Germans – on October 3, Germany was reunited. This event has significantly affected destinies of many today’s guests. For us standing here it is especially important that we can celebrate one of the most remarkable days in the German history here in St. Petersburg, at St. Petersburg International Gas Forum. I’d like to remind you that October 3 is the day of the Peaceful Revolution, which happened when different political parties of the two countries got ready for a dialogue. It’s amazing what unparallel results we can deliver if we’re ready to communicate.”

Wintershall Dea is the largest independent company in Europe for oil and gas recovery that appeared through merger of Wintershall Holding GmbH and DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG, two German firms with abundant traditions. This Germany-based company with headquarters in Kassel and Hamburg explores and recovers gas and oil in 13 countries across the globe. In Russia, Wintershall Dea has been operating for 25 years.

11.10.2019

To promote local specialists to the global market, Russia needs an engineering law

Issues associated with engineering in Russia and the place of Russian engineers in the global occupational community became the main subjects discussed at the practical seminar for the oil and gas industry historical studies, which took place on the last day of St. Petersburg International Gas Forum.

Issues associated with engineering in Russia and the place of Russian engineers in the global occupational community became the main subjects discussed at the practical seminar for the oil and gas industry historical studies, which took place on the last day of St. Petersburg International Gas Forum.

Igor Mescherin, President of the National Association of Engineers of Russian Federation, remarked that within the last 100 years rights of engineers in Russia changed substantially. Today, Russian professionals have no chances of implementing their ideas at home, whereas graduates of technical universities have no guarantees of employment or reasonable reward for their work. This endemic issue is caused by absence of some engineering law in Russia that could determine rights and liabilities for the profession, Igor Mescherin believes. In such a situation, Russian specialists have to work in conditions that are much worse than their foreign colleagues have, and this makes Russian engineers uncompetitive in the global market.

Another subject that the participants considered through the historic prism was import substitution. Alexander Krotov, Assistant Professor at the Power Plant Engineering Department at Bauman Moscow State Technical University reminded the audience that one of the first examples of favorable import substitution was when in the 19th century Russia started to make steam engines that deprived English analogues of their competitive edge. Alexander Krotov is sure that in the 21st century just reproducing some product won’t suffice: it is necessary to substitute import technologies and equipment, too. Andrey Bodrov, CEO at Turbotect Saint-Petersburg Ltd., is confident that is why trained engineers are needed.

Valentin Kosenkov, Representative of Fuel and Energy Complex Enterprises Union (SPTEK) Gas Club, dwelled on the issue of import substitution program fulfillment in the field of equipment for liquefied natural gas (LNG) production. He remarked that today Russia’s demand for equipment required to produce average and heavy LNG is estimated at 200 bln rubles, and it is unlikely to go down in the nearest future. To solve this problem, producers of such equipment united in a production cluster under the guidance of REP Holding.

11.10.2019

Future can hardly be built without past. Participants of the Gas Forum addressed the import substitution history

Participants of the 6th seminar focusing on the history of the oil and gas sector HISTORY OF IMPORT SUBSTITUTION IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING considered achievements by well-known Russian manufacturers and engineers.

Participants of the 6th seminar focusing on the history of the oil and gas sector History of Import Substitution in Mechanical Engineering considered achievements by well-known Russian manufacturers and engineers.

Last few years, import substitution in the oil and gas sector has been dynamically developed on the order of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. Joining the efforts by producing and science entities is expected to give impetus to that. History of the Russian industry knows many positive examples of import substitution, and so the seminar participants turned to experience of the past years and centuries to develop some prospective approaches. The seminar was organized by the International Shukhov Foundation (Vladimir Shukhov worked as an engineer and architect in Russia and the Soviet Union, designed many projects and took part in building of the first Russian oil pipelines).

The special guest at the seminar was Sergey Vasiliev, Academician of the Electrical Engineering Science Academy of the Russian Federation. He shared his practical experience in the field of import substitution: “Once, we were designing so called solid electrolyte converters that were used at nuclear-powered submarines for oxygen control. In 1991, the Ministry of Energy of the USSR held a meeting where they assigned us a task of mastering the technology of oxygen gas sensors that could be applied at thermal electric power stations. We made 200 sets and actually introduced them at all the major typical stations. Finally, Gazprom placed an order for the same converters, as they have one useful property, being able to produce electric current at heating. Today, they are still applied at gas pumping stations to utilize heat and produce electric current. This product was from start to finish made in the USSR, it is our unique project.”

Sergey Serdukov, Technical Director at Nord Stream AG, touched upon one of the most popular subjects of the Gas Forum – creating conditions for import substitution during the Nord Stream-2 Project. “They often ask why such a word – import substitution – has been introduced? It is hard to translate, and our foreign colleagues barely understand its meaning. However, Russian citizens understand what it implies. Our experience of work demonstrates that wherever we’d managed to become independent, we had a breakthrough,” said the speaker.

According to Abdulla Magrupov, Representative of the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas affiliate in Tashkent, this issue is as pressing for Uzbekistan as it is for Russia. “Integration of higher schools and production sites gives students opportunities for scientific research. Without that we can’t get what we want. Today, projects by our university are put to good use at all the entities of Uzbekneftegaz,” Abdulla Magrupov explained. According to him, there are over 2 thousand students in the university now.

Andrey Blinkov, CEO at Intari LLC, brought to the audience’s notice that today’s data technologies can’t be successfully applied unless the past experience is considered. “We introduce data models in design, construction and operation of the gas mains. In our business, we are collaborating, adopting and applying the best world practices to the highest possible extent. We’ve been watching these processes for 20 years, and we can critically assess the global situation: what ideas have been introduced, what can be reasonably import-substituted, what is unique,” Andrey Blinkov clarified.

Yuri Kuznichenkov, Member of the International Shukhov Foundation , presented a detailed history of the gas industry and Gazprom, and chronicled key periods of the industry’s establishment in pre-revolutionary Russia and the Soviet times.

Closing the meeting, Leonid Shtern, President of the International Shukhov Foundation, told the audience that at the meeting of the General Eurasia Peoples’ Assembly that took place last week in Baku, the International Shukhov Fountation proposed an initiative of calling the year of 2020 the Year of Engineering. Members of the Assembly supported the proposal. Moreover, in the nearest future the Foundation is going to establish the Vladimir Shukov Prize. “This matter has already been approved with the Ministry of Energy and the Board of Transneft PJSC, and is currently being considered by the State Duma,” said Leonid Shtern. The Prize will be awarded to scientists making great advance in the oil and gas projects development. During SPIGF 2019, Leonid Shtern awarded Sergey Vasiliev, Honorary Energy Worker, Academician of the Electrical Engineering Science Academy of the Russian Federation, for his great personal input into engineering development with a commemorative medal issued for the 165th Anniversary of Vladimir Shukhov’s birthday.

09.10.2019

Restorers of old pipes will be asked to leave the market

On its last day, the participants of the Gas Forum discussed the problem of recycling and cleaning old pipelines at the conference “Waste Management in the Oil and Gas Sector”. The discussion was attended by representatives of government and business. The session was moderated by Elena Mazlova, Head of the Interdepartmental Sector of Environmental Problems, Professor of the Department of Industrial Ecology of Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

On its last day, the participants of the Gas Forum discussed the problem of recycling and cleaning old pipelines at the conference “Waste Management in the Oil and Gas Sector”. The discussion was attended by representatives of government and business. The session was moderated by Elena Mazlova, Head of the Interdepartmental Sector of Environmental Problems, Professor of the Department of Industrial Ecology of Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

In the welcome speech, Nikolai Valuev, first deputy chairman of the State Duma’s Ecology Committee, focused on the priority and urgency of the problem: “Our task is to think about how to reduce the environmental damage caused by industrial waste from oil and gas industry enterprises today. In our country, only 140 thousand km of decommissioned pipes are left to lie the soil. The total length of decomissioned pipes filled with petroleum products, often radioactive, is 3.5 times longer than the length of the equator. We can only make a guess how dangerous it is. The problem needs to be resolved, and the Committee for Environmental Protection is fully and completely open to proposals.”

The discussion was continued by Natalia Belyaeva, Deputy Chairman of the Ecology Committee of Delovaya Rossiya, Head of Delphi Law Firm: “As part of the reform of the waste management industry launched in 2014, the approach has changed. Now, introducing the basic principles of public policy, we should first of all think about how to reduce the amount of waste as much as possible.” In this regard, according to Belyaeva, there is a problem of “getting oil and gas companies out of the comfort zone”: the order in which the used pipelines were disposed of as scrap metal was correct until, as a result of numerous inspections, it was determined that such scrap contains a lot of wastes of various kind and cannot be disposed of as is.

“The topic of pipe turnover is a complex one,” - agreed Vladimir Berezin, Councillor to the Industry Interaction Division of the Department of State Policy and Regulation in the Field of Production and Consumption Waste Management, Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation. “The position of Rosprirodnadzor on this issue has not changed: if the pipes have lost their original properties, they are waste, and there can be no other way.”

“Nevertheless, law enforcement practice shows that many oil and gas transportation companies do not consider waste pipes to be production waste,” - said Mikhail Ponomarev, a representative of the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation sharing his experience. - "This entails financial and legal risks. For example, in the absence of a waste passport, not only fines, but also administrative suspension of activities for up to 90 days can be imposed, and the absence of a license for the handling of waste of hazard classes 1 – 4 can lead to administrative, and criminal liability.”

Marat Galiev, CEO of TransLomPererabotka, looked at the acute problem of counterfeit products on the market: “St. Petersburg faced this problem with housing and communal accidents having claimed 43 lives over the past 5 years. Most of the accidents were due to the deterioration of pipes that were originally mounted as if they were new.” An analysis of the activities of pipe cleaning enterprises said that 90% of companies use open-air landfills and outdated technologies, not caring about harmful emissions into the atmosphere when firing metal parts of pipelines, polluting water bodies by dumping wastewater.

The speaker suggested looking for ways to solve this problem by using new technologies: the use of advanced equipment for pipe cutting, eliminating the spill of oil products; remelting 100% of the metal structures of pipelines to prevent counterfeit products from falling back into the industry. “The economic effect of loading the metallurgical complex’s production with orders for new pipes will be much higher than the savings from using old equipment,” - said Marat Galiev. - "If we take into account the experience of our foreign colleagues, then in Japan not only 100% recycling is used, but also preliminary sorting of scrap metal, which allows simplifying processing at lower costs. Unfortunately, this is not the case in this country yet.”

The topic of falsification and counterfeiting in the field of pipeline processing was continued by Igor Malyshev, Director of the Pipe Industry Development Fund (FRTP): “The market for pipe cleaning, according to our estimates, is 50 billion rubles a year, this is an extremely profitable business. By 2025, the volume of worked-out pipeline sections that will need to be dismantled will increase to 2 million tons per year. Where will these pipes go? Into re-melting or into our houses? We need to solve this issue in the near future. Rosprirodnadzor has already begun to operate, and about 30 of the largest “pipe restorers” have closed, five criminal cases have been initiated.”

The speakers mentioned the practical importance and relevance of the reports delivered and expressed their readiness to continue the dialogue in order to search for integrated solutions and improve the current situation.

Saint-Petersburg, Peterburgskoye highway 64/1

EXPOFORUM, pavilion F, G, H, congress center

 

October 6-9, 2020

 10:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m.