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Suez and Rosneft sign strategic cooperation agreement

France-headed global waste and water management company Suez and Russia-based oil and gas refiner Rosneft have signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement (SCA). The agreement will further technology development and implementation of water, wastewater and waste programmes at Rosneft refinery and petrochemical sites. Suez will provide technologies and solutions with pilot testing as needed.

Suez wastewater treatment technology currently in operation at a complex of biological treatment facilities at Bashneft-Ufaneftekhim refinery, a Rosneft-affiliated company (photo courtesy Suez).

The agreement was signed on May 25 during the 2018 edition of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, in St Petersburg, Russia by Suez’s CEO, Jean-Louis Chaussade, and Vice President of Rosneft, Andrey Shishkin.

Areas of focus include wastewater pre-treatment, biological wastewater treatment, desalination for reuse, water purification by evaporation and various treatment programmes for cooling water systems. Suez will also expand its existing technical advisory services currently deployed at one of Rosneft’s sites to other sites owned and operated by Rosneft.

Effectiveness and environmental safety of the oil and gas production is only possible if the latest technologies are used. Rosneft highly prioritizes innovative development in its operations and actively uses the latest digital technologies in all areas of the company’s activities. We are pleased that the experience and competencies of Suez, the leading company in the field of environmental technology development, are being used at Rosneft’s facilities, said Andrey Shishkin, Vice President of PJSC “Oil Company “Rosneft”, commenting on the signing of the agreement.

According to Suez, the new agreement comes at the heels of an already existing and positive working relationship between Suez and Rosneft, which started more than a decade ago. Since that time Suez supplied its MBR technology and cooling water treatment services to multiple Rosneft refineries.

In January 2018, Rosneft and Suez put into operation a biological wastewater treatment plant at Rosneft’s Bashneft-Ufaneftekhim facility, which will treat up to 84 000 m3 of wastewater per day using Suez industrial wastewater treatment technology. The equipment is being serviced by Suez as part of a 15-year agreement.

Long-term partnerships, like the one between Suez and Rosneft, really show how two organizations can come together to drive forward technology and service programmes that both support environmental sustainability and business initiatives, said Jean-Louis Chaussade, Chief Executive Officer of Suez.

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