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    Gazprom Neft and TMK will Jointly Develop Technology Startups

    Gazprom Neft – Technological Partnerships and the Pipe Metallurgical Company (TMK) will jointly search for and implement innovative solutions in the field of oil and gas production, the pipe industry and cross-industry solutions. The corresponding agreement was signed during the Tyumen Oil and Gas Forum by Kirill Strizhnev, Director General of Gazpromneft – Technological Partnerships, and Igor Pyshmintsev, Director for Research, Head of the Scientific and Technical Center (STC) of TMK.

    The document assumes cooperation between the acceleration programs of the two companies. The parties intend to combine resources, competencies and knowledge for the development of these programs, including jointly forming mechanisms for financing and attracting investments to support innovative start-ups.

    The partners will implement projects to develop infrastructure for testing and introducing new high-tech technologies and products into production. Participants in the Gazprom Neft acceleration program in exploration and production will be able to test prototypes of their developments both at the oil company’s facilities and at TMK’s facilities. In turn, participants in the TMK corporate accelerator will have the opportunity to take part in Gazprom Neft projects.

    “The strategy of open innovation, which we adhere to in the technological development of the company, is to build a unique ecosystem for the dynamic and efficient development of projects. The launch of the acceleration program showed that there are many initiatives concentrated in the external innovation environment that will be effective in addressing Gazprom Neft’s technological challenges – we received over 500 applications during the scouting stage. Now we have focused on attracting partners to implement solutions with high technological, market, cross-industry potential. Combining competencies and resources will create conditions for the development of innovation infrastructure, scale up technologies faster and, in general, positively influence the change in the Russian innovation and technological landscape. “
    Alexey Vashkevich 

    Alexey Vashkevich Director for Technological Development, Gazprom Neft
    “Today, the domestic fuel and energy complex faces large-scale tasks, including ensuring efficient production, protecting the environment and preparing for the energy transition. Such goals require industrial companies to pool their competencies, so we are implementing a number of joint projects with partners, developing solutions on which the energy of tomorrow will be built. Thanks to the new agreement, we will involve young innovative companies in this work, which can offer non-trivial solutions to our common problems. The joint selection of startups will also give an additional impetus to the development of corporate accelerators of both companies and expand the horizon for finding breakthrough ideas. “
    Sergey Chikalov 

    Sergey Chikalov Deputy General Director of TMK for Scientific and Technical Development and Technical Sales