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We are pleased to announce the successful completion of the SGS petroleum laboratory upgrade project in Nizhnekamsk. As a consequence, this testing facility grew to be the largest and most equipped among the independent refinery laboratories in the Republic of Tatarstan. In April 2014, the SGS laboratory started operation in new premises with a monthly production of around 2000 tests.

This project has been pushed by the “Energy Strategy of Russia up to 2030” systematically implemented following the approval by the Russian Government in 2009 and providing for the extension of light and middle distillates production in the territory of the Russian Federation. Due to the fact that Russian refiners have been developing higher value-added oil refining processes, production and export of light distillates have been constantly growing. In parallel, SGS has been actively extending the laboratory infrastructure in Russia so as to comply with the new market needs.

Launched in 2005, the SGS laboratory in Nizhnekamsk was initially focused on testing of crude oil and heavy distillates and had limited capabilities to test higher value-added distillates. The laboratory upgrade made it possible to test the whole range of petroleum products in Nizhnekamsk, including naphta, gasoline and diesel fuel, against international and Russian standards such as ASTM, EN and GOST. The perspective is to master testing specifications for jet aircraft kerosene.

Andrey Bogdanov, Business Manager of SGS Oil, Gas and Chemicals Services in Russia: “As far as light and middle distillates’ analysis is concerned, this project ranks the Nizhnekamsk testing facility among our strongest laboratories in Ust-Luga and Tuapse, making it one of the key facilities in the network of the twenty petroleum laboratories operating in Russia.”

For SGS customers, the Nizhnekamsk laboratory capabilities’ extension primarily means an increase in service speed. While for a number of tests it was formerly necessary to dispatch samples to an SGS facility in Novokuybyshevsk or outside the Central Russia Region, nowadays these tests are carried out locally.

As a result of the project, the area occupied by the SGS Nizhnekamsk facility tripled to allow not only to increase capacity but also to improve working conditions and to optimize operations. Apart from introducing new test methods, namely, with regard to gas chromatography, new modern equipment has been acquired to upgrade the methods already in use.

Anton Guzeev, SGS Central Russia Branch Manager: “Through investing in development of the testing capabilities in Nizhnekamsk we boost speed, mobility and quality of our services.”

Contact:

Rufat Haybullov
Head of Nizhnekamsk subsidiary
SGS Vostok Limited (Member of the SGS Group)
Tel.: +7 (8555) 32 10 09

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognised as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,650 offices and laboratories around the world.