At the 2018 edition of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, SUEZ’s CEO, Jean-Louis Chaussade, and Vice President of Rosneft, Andrey Shishkin, strengthened their working relationship with the signing of 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. 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 are only possible if the latest technologies are used. Rosneft highly prioritises innovative development in its operations and actively uses the latest digital technologies in all areas of the company’s activities,” said Andrey Shishkin, vice president of Rosneft. “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.”
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 has supplied its membrane bioreactor (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 cubic meters 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 organisations can come together to drive forward technology and service programmes that both support environmental sustainability and business initiatives,” Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of SUEZ, said.