Gazprom Neft has registered a company in Omsk oblast – Gazpromneft-Graphitek – which will be responsible for managing the company’s new project to develop a modern graphite electrode production plant. The future plant – which will be located in the “Avangard” Special Economic Zone (SEZ) – will be able to produce more than 45,000 tonnes of high-tech products (heavy electrodes) for the Russian metallurgical industry each year.
Graphite electrodes are a key component in the production of high quality electrical steel. The construction of this state-of-the-art facility is strategically important in ensuring the independence of the Russian metallurgical industry from foreign supplies – most of these products currently being imported into Russia from abroad.
The new Gazpromneft-Graphitek plant will be part of the integrated production center of the company in the region, bringing together a number of high-tech facilities – the Gazprom Neft Omsk refinery, the Omsk lubricants plant and a future project to develop the first plant for the production of petroleum refining catalysts in Russia.
“Gazprom Neft’s high-tech graphite electrode plant will guarantee domestic industry access to products strategically important to the metallurgical industry. The company’s new plant represents our contribution to decarbonising the Russian metallurgical industry – the use of modern electrodes will halve the carbon footprint of steel production.
Vice-Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft