In the framework of St. Petersburg International Economic Forum United Engine Corporation (part of Rostec State Corporation) and Gazprom entered into an agreement of understanding on development of modern service technologies within the life cycle of gas turbine equipment.
This agreement was signed by Aleksandr Artyukhov, UEC General Director, and Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Board.
The parties agreed to work out the possibility of switching to long-term servicing contracts of the UEC manufactured gas turbines that are being operated at the Gazprom facilities as a part of gas compressor sets and gas turbine power stations. It is planned that these contracts would cover servicing and repairs of the equipment within the gas turbine engines life cycle. Besides, a possibility of applying a remote diagnostics and technical condition monitoring system will be considered.
It is expected that this approach to servicing will allow Gazprom to improve operating efficiency of gas turbine engines and ensure balanced load of the UEC manufacturing facilities.
Nowadays Gazprom is operating about 1500 industrial gas turbines produced by UEC.
The UEC business concept is based not only on the sales of the goods but also includes all kinds of aftersales support within the full life cycle of the equipment manufactured. This concept includes, in particular, constant monitoring of working parameters by the manufacturer and analysis of the equipment technical conditions; urgent intervention of the specialists; consultations; issuing recommendations regarding replacement of the equipment parts and sub-assemblies; equipment upgrading etc. Implementation of this package of services will enable flexible response to all problems arising during operation. So, at the stage of negotiating the equipment supply contract the full scope of works and financing can be specified, which is convenient both for the customer and manufacturer. Payment for maintenance and repair will be based on a fixed machine-hour rate thus enabling significant decrease of the financial risks.