Transneft and Algerian Sonatrach sign Memorandum of Cooperation
Thursday, Oct 19, 2017
Sergey Ermish, General Manager, Transneft Diascan, participated in the signing ceremony of the Memorandum on Cooperation between Transneft and Sonatrach National Company for exploration, production, transportation, refining and sales of hydrocarbons (Algeria). The document was signed by Mikhail Margelov, Transneft Vice President, and Abdelmumen Uld Kaddur, Sonatrach CEO, as part of the visit of Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev to Algeria.

Transneft and Sonatrach intend to cooperate in such fields as non-destructive screening and improvement of safety of the pipeline infrastructure operation. Transneft Diascan, Russia’s major provider of technical diagnosis services for oil pipelines, petroleum product trunk pipelines and tanks, will play the principal part in promoting the cooperation.

The cooperation negotiations were conducted between Transneft, Transneft Diascan and Sonatrach were held in 2016/2017. In particular, in January 2017, top management of the Algerian company visited Transneft Diascan. Ait Messaoud Abdelmalik, Head of the General Manager’s Administration, Arbi-bei Slimane, Deputy General Manager, Aoulkhadzhi Abdelkader, Director, Pipeline Integrity Department, and Bouga Noureddine, Director, Prospecting Department, at Sonatrach visited the Company. Production and technological capacities of the Company were shown to the guests. Representatives of the Algerian Company highly appreciated the diagnostic equipment of Transneft Diascan, by noting the diversity of the fleet of diagnostic facilities and the full production cycle, from design of devices to manufacture of parts for assembly and subsequent repairs of the equipment.

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