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Transneft Opens Plant Manufacturing Drag Reducing Agents in Republic of Tatarstan

Date of publication: 21 September 2019

Pictured: opening ceremony of the plant for manufacturing drag reducing agents

Transneft has launched a plant for manufacturing drag reducing agents in the Alabuga Special Economic Zone (the Republic of Tatarstan).

President of Transneft Nikolay Tokarev, Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan Aleksey Pesoshin, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Pavel Sorokin, Vice Presidents of Transneft Pavel Revel-Muroz and Aleksey Sapsay, General Director of Transneft Kama Region Robert Galiev, a professor of the department of organic chemistry of the MSU Ilya Nifantiev, Director of the Institute, doctor of chemistry, academician of IOS RAS (Institute of Organic Synthesis of the Russian Academy of Science) Valery Charushin took part in the opening ceremony of the plant.

On 18 August 2016, a project on creating a plant for manufacturing drag reducing agents in Russia for the needs of the oil transportation industry was approved at a meeting of the SEZ Supervisory Board. For its implementation, Transneft Synthesis was created as part of Transneft’s work in the field of import substitution.

The plant will produce up to 3 thousand tonnes of drag reducing agents per year, taking into account the possibility of increasing its capacity up to 10 thousand tonnes per year. This year, the Company plans to produce 600 tonnes of agents.

The production facilities of the plant will fully satisfy Transneft’s needs in drag reducing agents. In the future, Transneft Synthesis’ products can be offered for sale to both Russian oil companies that use them in upstream pipelines and to foreign companies.

Previously, Transneft used to import a drag reducing agent. The savings from own production thereof will amount to RUB 100 to 250 million, depending on the volume of DRA consumption in accordance with the planed oil and petroleum products flow.

Thus, Transneft and its subsidiaries continue expanding the line-up of products crucial to the industry, which are manufactured at the Company’s own plants, including within the import substitution programme.

Now 94% of the equipment and materials used by Transneft is produced in Russia, with the Company planning to increase the share to 97% by 2020.

The project was implemented jointly by Transneft Kama Region (51% share in the authorised capital) and the Russian company Nika PetroTech (49%).

Pictured: exhibition viewing

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Drag reducing agents are special agents the use of which reduces drag in a near-wall region of a pipeline. As a result, hydraulic resistance of the pipeline and pressure loss due to friction are reduced. Modern DRAs are basically a solution or suspension of a high molecular weight hydrocarbon polymer in a solvent (carrier).

DRAs are used to increase the throughput capacity of trunk pipelines, to reduce operating pressure during oil and petroleum products transportation through trunk pipelines, as well as to increase energy efficiency of pumping process.

The use of the agent allows to increase the throughput capacity of pipeline sections up to 30% and, in some cases, to abandon construction of parallel pipeline strings and loopings. This reduces operating and capital expenses in case an increase in the throughput capacity is needed.

DRA production technology is innovative and includes a full cycle - from production of a polymerisation catalyst for high molecular weight polyalphaolefin to creation of commodity form. The result was achieved due to interaction with leading universities and institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The Import Substitution Programme

Transneft’s Programme for Setting up Manufacture of Imported Products’ Analogues is implemented on the basis of a decision made on dated 4 June 2014 by the development of the fuel and energy sector development and environmental safety Commission under the President of the Russian Federation. The programme is included in Transneft’s Long-Term Development Programme until 2022, adopted by the resolution of the Board of Directors of Transneft on 19 November 2014. The programme was approved by the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government Commission on Fuel and Energy Sector.

As part of the implementation of the import substitution programme, Transneft plans to develop manufacturing of 26 equipment types. More than 30 domestic companies were involved in the implementation of the corporate import substitution programme.

Among the most significant implemented projects of the import substitution programme are the REM plant for the production of high-voltage electric motors and the Transneft Oil Pumps plant in Chelyabinsk, serial production of systems for measuring quantity and quality indicators of oil and petroleum products at the sites of the Transneftemash plant in Velikiye Luki.  

Setting up local manufacturing of equipment for oil and petroleum products transportation will allow Transneft to reduce the share of imported equipment by 3% by 2020.


Transneft is the largest pipeline company in the world and one of the largest infrastructure companies in the Russian Federation. The Company’s strategic objective is to develop and upgrade Russia’s trunk pipeline system in order to satisfy oil and petroleum products pipeline transportation demand on the domestic and foreign markets.

The Company and its subsidiaries operate 52,222 km of oil pipelines in the Russian Federation and an associated petroleum products pipeline system, located in the Russian Federation, the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Kazakhstan, with a total length of 15,988 km. The oil transportation system includes more than 500 pumping stations.

Crude oil delivery in 2018 amounted to 479.8 million tonnes, the volume of delivered petroleum products amounted to 39.2 million tonnes. 

The Russian Federation, represented by the Federal Agency for State Property Management, owns 100% of Transneft’s ordinary shares and controls it through the Board of Directors, which includes government representatives and independent directors.

Pictured: Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Pavel Sorokin

Pictured: plant manufacturing drag reducing agents

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