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In January 2011, the new SGS facility for testing of petroleum products was launched in Ust-Luga seaport (Leningrad Region, Russia). The laboratory’s task is to service the Oil Cargo Complex in Ust-Luga port. The complex started operations in the text mode in January, when the first tanker took 44 thousand tons of oil products on board. The complex capacity is about 75 million tons of oil and petroleum products annually by the end of terminal’s construction. In 2011, petroleum products export volumes through Ust-Luga are anticipated at 5-8 million tons.

The new SGS facility carries out the whole range of analysis necessary to monitor quality of oil to be shipped from Ust-Luga port. Tests are being conducted against international standards ASTM and ISO and their results are recognised during foreign trade operations.

«The launch of the Oil Cargo Complex in Ust-Luga opens a new export itinerary for Russian oil products, commented Artyom Tabanin, Head of Oil, Gas and Chemicals for North-West Russia at SGS Vostok Limited. – As a service organisation, we aim at supporting this itinerary through providing our clients with rapid and precise information on exported products. The opening of a modern laboratory operating according to international standards directly in the port enables us to guarantee the service level, which is expected from us by market players».

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With 64,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,250 offices and laboratories around the world.