Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Dmitry Pumpyansky, Chairman of the Board of Directors of TMK, signed at the 8th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum a Technology Roadmap to launch the production of pipes with built-in recording, processing and switching devices.
TMK will provide Gazprom with innovative large-diameter pipes with sensors installed under the protective coating for real-time detection of pressure, temperature, stresses and strains. The pipes will be equipped with high-tech ID tags so that they could be identified in a gas pipeline throughout their entire service life. The sensors can be switched to form a single system to monitor the condition of gas pipeline sections.
The new type of pipe products is expected to be used in the areas of intense seismic activity, active tectonic faults and unstable soils, as well as at the intersections of gas pipelines and transport communications.
The innovative pipes are meant to improve the reliability and safety of gas pipelines, to increase the accuracy of technical evaluations, and to optimize expenditures for diagnostics, maintenance and repair.
The 8th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum was held as part of the Russian Energy Week International Forum.
In October 2016, Gazprom signed the updated scientific and technical cooperation programs until 2020 with Russia’s leading pipe producers, including TMK.
TMK is one of the world’s leading producers of tubular products for the oil and gas industry. Since 2009 it has been ranked first in the world by volume of pipes shipped. In 2017, TMK’s pipe shipments totaled 3.78 million tonnes.
The Company operates more than 25 production sites in Russia, the U.S., Canada, Romania, Oman and Kazakhstan. TMK has the world’s largest steel pipe production capacity, with the largest share of sales dedicated to oil country tubular goods (OCTG).
TMK enjoys strong market positions in the seamless OCTG segment. In 2016, our sales represented approximately 16% of the worldwide market for this pipe. The company is a national leader in Russia with 24% market share, including 64% of the seamless OCTG market. TMK is focused on meeting the demands of the global oil and gas industry, which makes up approximately 77% of the Company’s customer base.
TMK’s clients include leading oil and gas companies, such as Shell, ENI, Total, ExxonMobil, Occidental Petroleum, ONGC, Saudi Aramco, Anadarko, Marathon, Rosneft, Surgutneftegaz, Gazprom, Transneft, Lukoil and other global oil and gas companies.
The Company’s major presence in the global market is secured by the extensive sales network that covers virtually all main global oil and gas production regions: the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Russia and the CIS, Europe, the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia. TMK supplies products to more than 80 countries worldwide.
The Company’s shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange as well as on Russia’s MICEX-RTS trading floor.