On June 23, the General Meeting of the Russian Academy of Sciences was held. For the first time, the event was organised online. Alexander Sergeyev, RAS President, presented a report on the most important scientific achievements of Russian scientists in 2019. They include the launch of the first plant for production of drag-reducing agents in Russia. This is an example of effective and successful cooperation between research organisations and the industry. The project was developed by Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis, RAS; Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU); Postovsky Institute of Organic Synthesis of the Ural Branch of the RAS; Transneft; Transneft Synthesis and NIKA PetroTech.
The stereoregular macromolecules developed by scientists, if added to the oil hydrocarbon flow, are oriented along the fluid motion direction and thus smooth out high frequency pressure pulsations. The use of additives reduces turbulence in the pumped flow, decreases resistance and energy consumption. In addition, the technology allows to increase the throughput capacity of the pipeline by 20% and higher, as well as to prolong the service life of the equipment.
Director of Postovsky Institute of Organic Synthesis of the Ural Branch of the RAS and Vice President of the RAS Academician Valery Charushin spoke about the project implementation.
“Indeed, this result is very important for us as a vivid example of successful cooperation between academic science and the large company of Transneft based on real integration of science, education and business.
In a very short timeframe, we were able to implement this large-scale project. In 2014, we started working in the laboratory, and after a couple of years, the question of constructing a plant came up. In 2019, in the territory of the Alabuga Special Economic Zone, Transneft Synthesis launched the first plant for production of drag-reducing agents in Russia with a projected capacity of up to 10 thousand tonnes per year.
This is a role-model modern enterprise, which uses more than 90% of domestic equipment. The drag-reducing agents can significantly reduce the cost of oil transportation.
It is also remarkable that cooperation does not stop at this point. Today, we continue working with Transneft and its subsidiaries in other spheres. Oil and gas transportation is a complicated technological process. Many pipelines are concentrated in Russia, and each of them is an element of the complex industrial infrastructure. The oil and gas sector remains a most important part in development of the Russian economy, and it is unreasonable to see only the raw material aspect within it. If we take a closer look at the technological processes, we will see the latest electronics and chemical inventions along with technical innovations. All this characterises the technologies used as modern and convenient. And that is impossible without science and innovation.”