In 2012, overall sales of bituminous materials totaled 1,445 thousand tonnes. By the end of the year, Gazprom Neft had increased sales of polymer-bitumen binding materials and bitumen emulsions (PBV and BE) nine times compared to 2011.
Sales of oil coke increased by 4% compared to 2011. Sales of bitumen materials to end consumers increased by 10%.
Building up its brand awareness, Gazprom Neft started shipping bitumen from the Moscow refinery using branded bitumen carriers, and took part in Europe’s largest trade fair, Asphaltica, which was held in Padua (Italy). The forum promotes innovative manufacturing processes, technologies, raw materials, equipment and services for the road construction sector and Gazprom Neft had its own exhibition stand, dedicated to its bitumen business. During the exhibition, representatives of Gazprom Neft and NIS conducted a series of negotiations with consumers of bituminous materials; leading manufacturers of bitumens, polymer-bituminous binding materials and bitumen emulsions; and with manufacturers of additives, polymers and equipment.
In late 2012, as part of expanding its presence in international markets, the Company purchased a bitumen plant in Kazakhstan.
Gazprom Neft intends to increase its presence in target markets of Russia, Central and Southern Europe, Central Asia. The Company is planning to expand its PBV-producing capacities and develop the bitumen business at the NIS facilities.