Gazprom Neft and TMK set to develop technology start-ups

Gazprom Neft and TMK set to develop technology start-ups

Gazpromneft—Technology Partnerships and pipe-producer Trubnaya Metallurgicheskaya Kompaniya (TMK) are to work together on finding and deploying innovative solutions in oil and gas production, pipe and tube production, and cross-industry solutions, under an agreement signed by Kirill Strizhnev, Director General, Gazpromneft—Technology Partnerships, and Igor Pyshmintsev, Director for Research Development, and head of TMK’s R&D facility.

This agreement envisages collaboration across both companies’ accelerator programmes, with the parties planning to combine resources, competencies and know-how in developing such programmes, including by developing joint financing mechanisms and attracting investment to support innovation start-ups.

The partners will implement infrastructure development projects for testing new knowledge-intensive products and technologies and bringing these into production. Participants on Gazprom Neft’s upstream accelerator programme will be able to test prototypes of their developments at both the oil company’s facilities and at TMK enterprises. Participants on TMK’s corporate accelerator programme, in turn, will get the chance to take part in projects at Gazprom Neft.

“The open-innovation strategy driving our company’s technological development is predicated on building a unique ecosystem for dynamic and effective project development. Launching the accelerator programme has shown a multitude of initiatives, concentrated in the external innovation environment, that will be effective in addressing many of Gazprom Neft’s technological challenges: we received more than 500 applications during scouting alone. We’ve now shifted our focus to attracting partners to implement solutions with high technological, market and cross-industry potential. Bringing together competencies and resources will allow us to create an environment for developing innovation infrastructure, and for rolling-out and scaling-up technologies faster, and will have a positive impact on changing Russia’s technological and innovation landscape, overall.” — says Alexei Vashkevich, Director for Technological Development, Gazprom Neft 

“The domestic fuel and energy industry is, today, faced with major and wide-ranging tasks, including ensuring effective production, protecting the environment, and preparing for energy transition. Objectives like these demand that industrial companies pool competencies, which is why we are implementing a range of joint projects with partners, developing those solutions on which tomorrow’s energy industry will be built. Thanks to this new agreement we will be plugging young, innovative companies — that can offer non-standard solutions to our common goals — into this work. Jointly selecting start-ups will also give additional impetus to developing the corporate accelerators at both companies, as well as expanding scope in terms of searching for ground-breaking ideas.” — says Sergey Chikalov, Deputy CEO for Scientific and Technological Development and Technical Sales, TMK

 


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Gazprom Neft’s upstream accelerator programme was established to develop technological start-ups and innovative solutions in hydrocarbon prospecting and production, Industry 4.0, capital construction, and alternative energy. Participants go through several evaluation and selection rounds before the most promising projects are identified. The best teams can then apply for integration with the company’s business, and apply for investments from leading venture funds.

TMK launched its own acceleration programme — for start-ups to get involved in the company’s technological development — in August 2021. Under this project young developers will put forward and deploy innovative ideas directed at addressing the business challenges facing TMK’s production divisions. The operator on this project — the TMK Science and Technology Centre at Skolkovo — will be driven by requests from company business units, and will compile a list of areas in which Russian and foreign start-ups will be able to put forward unique, high-tech solutions.

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