Due to the current global instability in the refining and petrochemical industry, it is even more important for refineries and petrochemical plants to continue searching for new technology and upgrade opportunities. A number of Russian refineries are in particular need of upgrades given the new international fuel quality specifications. Complying with these regulations has become a top priority for fuel producers. However, these objectives can only be realized by securing governmental support and by building new business relations with leading technology developers.

To address this, general directors of refineries and petrochemical plants from all over Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), as well as senior executives of leading technology providers, both local and international, will come together at the 13th Annual Roundtable, Refining and Petrochemicals in Russia and the CIS Countries, which will take place in Amsterdam, Netherlands, from December 1- 3, 2009.

A priority objective of this year’s roundtable is to discuss how to accelerate the pace of modernization and upgrade programs of refineries and petrochemical plants to boost their competitiveness and profitability, as well as how to overcome technological and investment challenges, achieve cost-efficiency and identify new opportunities for project partnerships.

SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, is one of the sponsors of this conference. SGS will be demonstrating its broad range of services for the refining and petrochemical industry in general and its certification services for the Russian and CIS market in particular.
On December 3, 2009, SGS will participate in the Roundtable’s Session 5: Achieving Operational Excellence at Refineries and Petrochemical Plants in Russia and the CIS and Delivering their Products to the Market. In this session, Vladimir Ovcharov, Head of the SGS GOST R Competence Center, will give a presentation about “Managing Your Risks in the Russian Regulatory Environment - Inspection, Testing, Verification and Certification.”

Experienced in international and Russian standards alike, SGS assists companies in obtaining certificates and other permissive documents required by local regulations and/or local customers in Russia and other CIS countries. SGS is accredited by Gosstandart of Russia (former name of the Federal Agency on the Technical Regulation and Metrology) to provide GOST R Certification Services. Today, the GOST R Certificate of Conformity is the most common permissive document in Russia, testifying that products meet necessary safety standards. Moreover, SGS also assists exporters and investors in obtaining other approvals required by the Russian government.

SGS Industrial Services, one of the biggest business lines of the SGS Group, ensures that installations, materials, equipment, facilities and projects meet all quality and performance requirements, whether they are regulatory-, voluntary- or customer-based.

Send us your inquiry on SGS Services for Russia and CIS Countries now.

For more information, please contact:

Johan Mertens
Global Manager of Import Certification Services

SGS Geneva
1, Place des Alpes
P.O. Box 2136
1211 Geneva 1
t: +41 22 739 91 11
f: +41 22 739 98 80

Vladimir Ovcharov
Head GOST R Competence Centre

SGS Vostok Limited
10/1 Letnikovskaya Str.
115114 Moscow
Russian Federation
t: +7 (495) 775 44 55

Website: www.sgs.com/gost

About SGS

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