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Gazprom projects see potential of domestic nanoproducts

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Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Anatoly Chubais, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO, held a joint meeting in Moscow to discuss ongoing co-operation.

Taking part in the meeting were top executives of the two companies, heads of the relevant units and organisations of Gazprom, RUSNANO and the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, and representatives of the nanotech industry.

Domestic nanoproducts have large potential for use in Gazprom’s projects. The current designs for the company’s facilities envisage the possibility of employing innovative materials and equipment, such as pipes with special anti-corrosion coating produced by Metaclay and pipes and joints with nanomodified concrete coating produced by BT SVAP (for laying pipelines in challenging environments), mobile road slabs produced by Tverstekloplastik (for building temporary roads on a timely basis), and electrically-insulating lodgments produced by IFT (for pipeline support and corrosion protection purposes).

Thermoelectric generator-based 3 kV autonomous power sources produced by THERMOINTECH were successfully tested and recommended for use at Gazprom’s energy supply facilities in hard to reach locations. Pilot operation of a 5 kV thermoelectric unit is nearly completed.

Gazprom developed and approved the regulatory documents for protective (anti-corrosion) and refurbishment metal coatings produced by Plackart. It is planned to complete the appraisal of materials and technologies used in applying those coatings to gas compressor equipment before the end of this year.

In addition, the company is analysing the potential of using Arset’s epoxy coatings in pipe manufacturing. The coatings are meant to reduce the roughness of the pipe inner surface, thereby decreasing friction during gas transmission.

They are expected to exceed Gazprom’s standards. Relevant tests are underway at pipe production facilities.

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