Today, on 24 October 2018, an opening ceremony of a plant owned by RUSSIAN ELECTRIC MOTORS (REM) has taken place in the city of Chelyabinsk. This is part of the import substitution effort made by Transneft, to organise the manufacture of high-voltage electric motors in the Russian Federation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, together with the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic Giuseppe Conte, gave their nods to putting the plant into operation distantly, using videoconferencing from Mr Putin’s residence. At the command from the Kremlin, Transneft President Nikolay Tokarev, Operations Director of Nidec ASI S.p.A. S. Zecchinato and Director General of Konar Valery Bondarenko pushed a symbolic button; after that the plant’s first electric motor was put into operation at the nominal rating.
The plant’s opening ceremony in the territory of Industrial Park Stankomash was also attended by First Deputy Energy Minister of Russia Alexey Texler, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Vasiliy Osmakov, Transneft Vice Presidents Pavel Revel-Muroz and Aleksey Sapsay, Chelyabinsk Region Governor Boris Dubrovsky and other officials.
The REM plant of high-voltage electric motors was established by Transneft (51%) and KONAR (49%) with the assistance of their technological partner, Italy-based Nidec ASI S.p.A.
The plant is a state-of-the-art hi-tech production line outfitted with over 200 units of modern equipment, of which 83 units represent unique high-precision equipment. The annual output of REM may reach up to 300 high-voltage electric motors with the capacity of up to 14 MW, with a possible upgrade of the product line to the capacity of up to 45 MW.
In the future the new plant’s products might cater to the needs of the oil and gas industry, ship-building, power engineering and other sectors of the Russian economy. The plant is not only capable of meeting the needs of Russian manufacturers; it can also put out globally competitive products.
The plant construction commenced in April 2016, with Chairman of the Russian Government Dmitry Medvedev participating in laying its first foundation stone. Already in 2017 the main construction works were completed; in 2018 technological equipment was installed and adjusted.
In November 2015 Transneft, KONAR (Russia), and Nidec ASI S.p.A. (Italy) signed a cooperation agreement envisaging Russia-based high-voltage electric motor manufacture with transition to the use of domestic parts and materials (construction of a full-cycle plant manufacturing electric motors from domestically made parts and materials).
The planned workforce of REM after commissioning is 350 employees; as of today the headcount stands at 263 workers.
The plant will manufacture up to 300 HV electric motors a year, operating in a three-shift mode, including:
- asynchronous horizontal and vertical explosion-protected (EP) electric motors having the capacity of 0.3 – 5.0 MW (50 %);
- asynchronous horizontal electric motors with the capacity of 1.25 – 8.0 MW (20%) of general industrial usage;
- synchronous EP horizontal electric motors having the capacity of 6.3–14.5 MW (30%) of general industrial usage.
Among the main consumers are Transneft entities. In the future the plant’s products can be supplied to fuel and energy enterprises, manufacturers of wind mills with wind-driven generators, shipbuilders and manufacturers of diesel generators.
REM is a second enterprise of Transneft in Chelyabinsk that was established in pursuance of instructions given by Russian President Vladimir Putin to build up the local production lines in the territory of Russia, to make sure that industries most important to the national economy are unaffected by external factors. In 2016 Transneft Oil Pumps (TOP) factory manufacturing pumping equipment was commissioned. The project was delivered with the assistance of the Italian partner Termomeccanica Pompe and Russia-based Konar.
Import Substitution Programme
The programme of local manufacture of counterparts to some imported products is implemented by Transneft based on decisions made at the meeting of the Commission for Strategic Development of the Fuel and Energy Sector and Environmental Safety under the Russian President. This programme is part of Transneft’s Long-term Development Programme until 2022; it was adopted by the Company’s Board of Directors on 19 November 2014. The Programme was approved by the Russian Government and the Government Commission on the Fuel and Energy Industry.
As part of the Import Substitution Programme, Transneft is going to master the manufacturing of 26 equipment types, with more than 30 national enterprises engaged in the corporate Import Substitution Programme.
Among the most significant projects of the Programme, apart from manufacturing of high-voltage electric motors in Chelyabinsk, is the commissioning of Transneft Oil Pumps factory, mass production of systems for measuring oil and petroleum products quantity and quality at the premises of Transneftemash factory, construction of drag reduction agent lines in Tatarstan.
Addressing the challenge of local manufacturing of oil and petroleum products transportation equipment will allow Transneft to cut the share of equipment procured abroad down to 3%.
Transneft is the world’s largest pipeline company and one of the biggest infrastructure organisations in Russia. The Company’s strategic goal is the development and modernisation of national trunk pipeline transport, to cater to the needs of oil and petroleum products transportation on the home market and export routes.
The Company and its subsidiaries have at their disposal a system of oil pipelines with the total length of 52,122 km, stretching across the territory of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan which are also connected via a system of petroleum products pipelines totalling 15,988 km. The oil transportation system includes more than 500 pumping stations.
During the six months of 2018 oil delivery to consignees amounted to 235.3 million tonnes; during the same period 19.7 million tonnes of petroleum products were delivered.
The Russian Federation represented by the Federal Agency for State Property Management owns 100% of Transneft ordinary shares, exercising control via the Board of Directors which includes both state representatives and independent directors.