Gazprom develops innovative product for oil spill clean-up

PJSC Gazprom commissioned the production unit for BIOROS, a new oil biodegradation agent, at the facility of Safe Technologies in St. Petersburg, Russia. The biodegradation agent will be produced by Safe Technologies under a license agreement with Gazprom.

Gazprom is a Russian-based global energy company focused on geological exploration, production, transportation, storage, processing and sales of gas, gas condensate and oil, as well as generation and marketing of heat and electric power.

Safe Technologies Industrial Group is also a Russian enterprise that comprises a number of companies focused on the design and construction of environmental, industrial and chemical facilities, as well as on the development of waste management solutions.

BIOROS, which was developed by Gazprom VNIIGAZ, the company’s core research centre, was the result of Gazprom’s fruitful cooperation with domestic companies aimed at manufacturing competitively priced products that can substitute for imports.

A biodegradation agent is a substance that removes oil spills using special microorganisms, which feed on oil products (oil, fuel oil, diesel fuel, lubricants, etc.), air and water, thereby cleaning up soils, subsoils, and water sources. BIOROS allows for quicker oil spill removal at a greater range of temperatures, from 5 to 45 degrees Celsius, Gazprom said.

BIOROS and its application technology are protected by Russian patents. The product also received the Gazprom Science and Technology Prize.

The commissioning was attended by Oleg Aksyutin, a member of Gazprom’s Management Committee and department head at Gazprom.

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