The Zagorsk Pipe Plant has launched production of large diameter pipes for Russian natural gas company Gazprom.
A ceremony to celebrate the start of production took place recently at the Zagorsk plant in Russia’s Moscow region. The event was attended by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee; Andrey Vorobyov, Governor of the Moscow Region; and Denis Safin, Director General of Zagorsk Pipe Plant.
Gazprom and Zagorsk have had a short, but fruitful collaboration. The plant first started to supply Gazprom with its products on a commercial scale in 2016. In March 2017, Gazprom included Zagorsk in its register of pipe products approved for use at its facilities, based on the quality verification provided by Zagorsk.
The large scale pipes have a diameter of 1,020mm and 1,420mm, and three layered insulation. The first shipment is scheduled to reach Gazprom in June 2017.
“Import substitution has been part of Gazprom’s systemic efforts for many years. It is a powerful impetus for the Russian industry and a crucial component of national energy security. Today, Gazprom buys 95 per cent of its materials and equipment in Russia. On top of that, the company procures all of the large-diameter pipes used in building gas trunklines from Russian manufacturers”, said Miller.
“Thanks to Gazprom’s ambitious gas transmission projects, the demand for pipe products is stable now and is bound to remain strong in the future. What is important is that Russia now has a new pipe producer that meets the rigorous standards of our company. It means increased competitiveness in the pipe industry, which will lead to higher quality and greater economic appeal.”
Zagorsk Pipe Plant has the production capacity to manufacture 500,000 tonnes of longitudinally welded pipes of steel grades up to X100, a diameter of 530 to 1,420 millimetres and a length of up to 12.2 metres.