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Total and Gazprom Neft launch high-spec bitumen production at Russian refinery

21st October 2014

Pilot production of a new generation of polymer-modified bitumens (PMBs) under the G-Way Styrelf brand has begun at the Gazprom Neft Moscow Refinery — the first facility in Russia producing bitumens of this kind

Total and Gazprom Neft launch high-spec bitumen production at Russian refinery
Raw materials for G-Way Styrelf PMBs are sourced from the bitumen facility at the Gazprom Neft Moscow refinery

The facility, constructed under a joint venture between Gazprom Neft and Total, has capacity of 60,000 tons of PMBs and 7,000 tons of emulsified bitumen per year.

Production is undertaken on the basis of Total’s Styrelf technology — a process which involves the addition of a special binding agent (PAXL) that results in additional bonding at the molecular level, meaning road surfaces are built with bitumens far more resistant to cracking and fracturing, even under significant traffic loads and under widely ranging temperatures.

The useful life of such roads is increased two-fold in comparison with those surfaced with traditional bitumens. The Styrelf technology was specially adopted to meet Russian climatic conditions.

Raw materials for G-Way Styrelf PMBs are sourced from the bitumen facility at the Gazprom Neft Moscow refinery — fully reconstructed in 2012, with production of bitumen materials increasing to 1.7 million tonnes per year, and atmospheric emissions decreasing by 90 per cent, as a result.

“Experts expect the use of PMBs in road construction in Russia to increase three-fold by 2025,” said Alexander Dyukov, chairman of Gazprom Neft’s.

“Gazprom Neft — already the leading producer of high-quality bitumen on the domestic market — is implementing the most cutting-edge technology to allow not just the construction of world-class roads, but also a significant reduction in the costs associated with maintaining them.”

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