Gazprom to Oil Russian Icebreakers


Russias Gazprom Neft Lubricants and Rosmorport, a major icebreaker fleet operator, signed a marine oils supply deal as part of a long-term strategy to increase the lube manufacturers share in the Russian lubricant market.

Under the two-year agreement, Gazprom Neft Lubricants will supply marine lubes and greases to the operators subsidiaries located on the Russian coastlines of the Baltic and Black Seas, the Barents Sea north of Russia, the Sea of Okhotsk in the Far East and the Sea of Japan. The company will supply Rosmorports 16 branches with its range of marine oils under the G-Energy and Gazpromneft brands, Gazprom Neft Lubricants said in its Sept. 10 press release.

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The long-term strategy of our company is to increase its share in the Russian lubricant market to up to 18 percent by 2025, said Alexander Trukhan, Gazprom Neft Lubricants general director. The company now has a 14 percent share. To reach this goal, we have already collaborated with a number of large players in the [marine oils] sector, and at the same time we have conquered new market niches, extending the geography of our product sales.

Russian state enterprise Rosmorport owns one of the worlds largest icebreaker fleet operators. According to its website, it contributes to development of the Russian sea transport infrastructure and higher competitiveness for the countrys sea ports. It also provides navigational safety for the water area and on the routes to the sea ports. Its fleet consists of more than 60 vessels.

Gazprom Neft Lubricants is Russian oil Major Gazprom Nefts lube arm. In 2013, the company said its combined lubricant and base oil output reached 490,000 metric tons. It operates two API Group I base oil plants – one in Omsk, and the other in Yaroslavl through a joint venture with state oil giant Rosneft. Gazprom Neft Lubricants also operates lubricant production facilities in Russia, Italy and Serbia.

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