Oil & Gas Innovation OGI Autumn 2017 Digital Version - Page 28

NEWS - RUSSIA & CIS Russian Nanotechnologies Deemed Highly Promising for Use in Gazprom’s Projects A lexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Anatoly Chubais, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO, held a joint meeting today in Moscow to discuss ongoing cooperation. Taking part in the meeting were top executives of the two companies, heads of the relevant units and organizations of Gazprom, RUSNANO and the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, and representatives of the nanotech industry. Domestic nanoproducts have large potential for use in Gazprom’s projects. The current designs for the Company’s facilities envisage the possibility of employing innovative materials and equipment such as pipes with special anti-corrosion coating produced by Metaclay and pipes and joints with nanomodified concrete coating produced by BT SVAP (for laying pipelines in challenging environments), mobile road slabs produced by Tverstekloplastik (for building temporary roads on a timely basis), and electrically-insulating lodgments produced by IFT (for pipeline support and corrosion protection purposes). Thermoelectric generator-based 3 kV autonomous power sources produced by THERMOINTECH were successfully tested and recommended for use at Gazprom’s energy supply facilities in hard-to- reach locations. Pilot operation of a 5 kV thermoelectric unit is nearly completed. In addition, the Company is analyzing the potential of using Arset’s epoxy coatings in pipe manufacturing. The coatings are meant to reduce the roughness of the pipe inner surface, thereby decreasing friction during gas transmission. They are expected to exceed Gazprom’s standards. Relevant tests are underway at pipe production facilities. • Alexey Miller and Aleksandar Antic Review Prospects of Serbia’s Gas Transmission System A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Aleksandar Antic, Minister of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia, took place in Moscow on 3 October 2017. The parties discussed the status and future of the ongoing bilateral cooperation, including the exports of Russian gas to Serbia and its storage in the Serbian territory. It was noted that Russian gas supplies to the country in the first nine months of 2017 had grown by 31.7 per cent against the January-September period of 2016. Particular attention was paid to the prospects of the Serbian gas transmission system in the context of the roadmap signed in June 2017. Gazprom’s partner in Serbia is Srbijagas, a state-owned company focused on gas transportation, storage and distribution in Serbia. In 2013, a contract was inked for Russian gas supplies to Serbia for the period of 10 years. In 2016, Gazprom exported to Serbia 1.75 billion cubic meters of gas, a 4.3 per cent increase from 2015. On June 3, 2017, Gazprom and Srbijagas inked the Memorandum of Understanding to conduct the technical and financial feasibility studies for the expansion of the Banatski Dvor UGS facility. On June 27, 2017, Gazprom and the Serbian Ministry of Mining and Energy signed the roadmap providing for a number of measures to implement a plan aimed at expanding the Serbian gas transmission system. • k-Drill ® : your reliable source for every demand with top-grade KCl. Specifically designed for the challenging demands of the drilling industry k-Drill is a high performance product range of best quality potassium chloride. It is primarily used to prepare brines for drill-in, completion and work over fluids. k-Drill products combine German quality with reliable global service. No thrill, just drill. Whenever you need us, we are there. K+ S KALI GmbH · Bertha-von-Suttner-Str. 7 · 34131 Kassel · Germany · industry@k-plus-s.com · www.kali-gmbh.com A K+ S Group Company