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Petrofac joins forces with Gazprom to boost Russia’s industry expansion

Energy services provider Petrofac has signed a strategic partnership with Russia’s gas giant Gazprom to export and promote the Russian energy industry on the domestic and global markets.

The five-year Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) was signed through Gazprom’s INTI – Russian Institute Oil/Gas Technology Initiatives to ensure that both companies will collaborate to drive Russia’s industry standardisation and sustainable development domestically and internationally.

The agreement was signed by Petrofac Group’s Chief Executive Sami Iskander and Vitaly Anatolevich Markelov, who is a Deputy Chairman Management and Member of the Board of Gazprom.

“Delivering locally to global standards is key to Petrofac’s strategy and unlocks in-country value for all stakeholders, wherever we operate. Russia is a hugely exciting growth market that’s aligned to our core capabilities,” commented Iskander.

Russia’s energy sector is seeking to encourage international industry companies to participate in its drive to expand at home and abroad. Petrofac is set to support the defining and developing pre-qualification and qualification criteria for local suppliers and local manufacturers, assessing confirmation with industry standards and developing the use of local manufacturers’ products in existing and future projects within the Russian Federation and OPEC countries, the company reported on Thursday.

Since the firm’s goal is to obtain credentials as a Russian EPC champion, it intends to engage the capabilities of Russia’s supply chain, technology providers, and energy institutions, so that it can deliver on its promise both inside Russia and the wider region.

“We are proud to leverage our expertise in procurement and local operations to develop, champion, and support Russian engineering capacity, contractors, technologies and tools in support of the industry’s future development,” added Iskander.

Petrofac considers Russia to be a large market opportunity. The company is present in the country since 1993 and has offices in Moscow and Sakhalin Island. Sakhalin Technical Training Centre has been in operation since 2006, training over 23,000 delegates in the last five years. The firm further extended its reach on this island in 2017, after getting a contract by Sakhalin Energy for its onshore processing facility.

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