It was highlighted that the materials and equipment management system was a key element of Gazprom’s QMS. Their quality has a direct impact on the reliability and safety of the Company’s process operations. At present, Gazprom is implementing a roadmap aimed at improving the eligibility and application of materials and equipment in the construction, overhaul, refurbishment, upgrading, retrofitting and operation of industrial facilities.
In order to protect itself against dishonest suppliers, Gazprom applies multi-stage products quality control. All materials and equipment are divided into six groups by degree of their influence on the reliability and safety of the core process operations. The first two groups include the most critical and sophisticated equipment, in particular, drilling and downhole equipment, pipes and fittings, gas compressor units. Those groups undergo the maximum number of tests and verifications.
Specifically, the Company’s professionals assess the supplier’s business reputation and technological capabilities, check the conformity of the company’s products and QMS with Gazprom’s requirements, inspect the production process and examine finished products prior to their supply. Successful completion of those stages is confirmed by appropriate licenses, certificates and acts.
When assessing the compliance of materials and equipment with its standards, Gazprom actively applies the INTERGAZCERT voluntary certification system comprising 12 certification agencies and 74 testing laboratories.
In addition, the Company set up a Single Materials and Equipment Register. It is a centralized source of up-to-date information about equipment and materials permitted for use at Gazprom’s facilities, manufacturing companies, as well as about procurement violations. Eventually, the Register is planned to be integrated into the Company’s information management systems related to design & engineering and formation of materials and equipment demand.
The relevant subdivisions of the Company were instructed to continue further developing the materials and equipment management system.
The issue regarding the progress with the introduction of the quality management system for products used in Gazprom’s operating and investment activities will be submitted to the Company’s Board of Directors for consideration.
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