MOSCOW, November 24. /TASS/. Russia can substitute imports of oil and gas equipment within 2-3 years, Vladimir Markov, head of gas giant Gazprom’s general relations department, told reporters Monday.
“Within the next 2-3 years we can substitute up to 90% of all imports, considering the government has begun developing production of its own complex equipment, including the equipment for shelf works,” Markov said.
In late September Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade said the biggest challenge will be the production of domestic software for the fuel and energy sector. This task is expected to be solved in 2018.
The ministry named six groups of critical technologies in the fuel and energy sector to be replaced in the next there years, with drilling, production, processing, and software among them.
Some of the technologies, such as seismic systems and navigation equipment, are to be replaced in 2016, while others, including Arctic drilling, underwater and subglacial production, and hydraulic fracturing, in 2017.
Russian manufacturers of oil and gas equipment will create a national engineering oil service company.
The creation of the new company is part of the government’s import-substitution and production localisation efforts in the field of oil and gas equipment and services.
Manturov said he was hopeful that several such companies would be created in Russia to provide the full range of oil services.