Zagorsk Pipe Plant launches production of large-diameter pipes for Gazprom
A ceremony marking the production start of large-diameter pipes for Gazprom took place today on the premises of Zagorsk Pipe Plant (ZTZ) in the Moscow Region.
The event was attended by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Andrey Vorobyov, Governor of the Moscow Region, and Denis Safin, Director General of Zagorsk Pipe Plant.
The plant began to supply Gazprom with its products on a commercial scale in 2016. In March 2017, the Company included ZTZ’s pipes in the register of pipe products approved for use at Gazprom’s facilities based on the quality verification provided by ZTZ.
First shipment of pipes to be delivered to Gazprom as early as June 2017
The first shipment of ZTZ’s pipes with a diameter of 1,020 and 1,420 millimeters and three-layered insulation is planned to be delivered to Gazprom as early as June 2017.
“Import substitution has been part of Gazprom’s systemic efforts for many years. It is a powerful impetus for the Russian industry and a crucial component of national energy security. Today, Gazprom buys 95 per cent of its materials and equipment in Russia. On top of that, the Company procures all of the large-diameter pipes used in building gas trunklines from Russian manufacturers.
Thanks to Gazprom’s ambitious gas transmission projects, the demand for pipe products is stable now and is bound to remain strong in the future. What is important is that Russia now has a new pipe producer that meets the rigorous standards of our Company. It means increased competitiveness in the pipe industry, which will lead to higher quality and greater economic appeal,” said Alexey Miller.
Zagorsk Pipe Plant (ZTZ) has the production capacities to manufacture 500,000 tons of longitudinally welded pipes of steel grades up to X100 with a diameter of 530 to 1,420 millimeters and a length of up to 12.2 meters. The company mainly caters to the oil and gas sector. In the near future, ZTZ plans to gain certification under the API 5L international standard and set up production of pipes under the DNV offshore standard.