Transneft Urals, the oldest and one of the biggest entities of the Transneft system, celebrates its 70th anniversary. The ceremony took place on 18 August 2017 at the State Concert Hall “Bashkortostan” in the city of Ufa. Employees and veterans of Transneft Urals were handed industry and corporate awards as well as letters of appreciation for significant contribution to the development of pipeline transport.
Prime-Minister of Bashkortostan Government R.H. Mardanov and heads of the regions where Transneft Urals operates – Economic Development Minister for Chelyabinsk Region S.A. Smolnikov and First Vice-Governor of Kurgan Region S.V. Pugin – were honored guests of the ceremony. They presented certificates awarding titles of honor to best employees of the Company from the Republic of Bashkortostan, Kurgan and Chelyabinsk regions, as well as diplomas of honor.
On the same day Mr. Mardanov and Vice President of Transneft B.M. Korol held a working meeting in the Government House, the Republic of Bashkortostan, where they discussed the results and future prospects of cooperation between the region and Transneft. The parties checked the progress in the creation of the modern Research and Technology Centre for Pipeline Transport, a PTI affiliate, in the city of Ufa. They also addressed the issues of environmental safety of pipeline transport facilities in the region.
Transneft Urals makes a considerable contribution to the development of the Russian fuel and energy industry, being one of the biggest taxpayers in the regions of its presence. The joint-stock company remains one of the main innovation centers of Transneft where advanced technologies are developed and tested. The Company’s team is broadly involved into research and development activities. Transneft Urals facilities provide a test ground for new equipment prototypes, including those created as part of the import substitution programme of Transneft. The Company took part in a number of investment projects vital for the development of Russia’s oil and petroleum products pipelines. In addition to its high economic activity, Transneft Urals is delivering a number of social projects, providing charitable aid for medical, educational and preschool institutions, as well as sports events in Bashkortostan, Chelyabinsk, Kurgan regions and elsewhere it operates. The company participates in the construction and improvement of socially significant facilities: schools, nurseries, clinics and parks. In 2017 Transneft Urals assisted in the design of 10 social facilities, having allocated 88.5m rubles for these purposes. The facilities will be completed by the time of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Bashkortostan in 2019.
First batches of crude from the Tuimazy field were fed over the oil trunk pipeline Tuimazy – Ufa to the Ufa refinery in September 1947. That moment marked the beginning of the new enterprise and development of the Urals and Siberian trunk pipeline system which serves as a connecting link between the eastern and western parts of the Transneft pipeline system.
Having started with serving just one oil pipeline shorter than 200 km, with annual capacity less than 3 million tonnes of crude, Transneft Urals now operates more than 9,600 km of trunk pipelines, annually transporting about 140 million tonnes of crude oil and 12 million tonnes of petroleum products over the territory of eight regions in Russia and Northern Kazakhstan.