There has been a great deal of interest in the Russian industrial gas sector in recent years. Today there is a substantial presence by Linde, Air Products, Air Liquide and Praxair – with the latter three initiating their presence in Russia via onsite contracts before following up with merchant gas operations also. There are also smaller presences by Messer (in Kaliningrad) and even Airgas, with the latter involved supplying specialist industrial gases to the oil and gas sector in Russia’s Far East.
There is one major indigenous industrial gas company of note: Cryogenmash. Primarily an equipment manufacturer, this company has since 2008 also pursued a number of supply scheme contracts and developed a merchant gas business in Russia.
Beyond these larger companies, the Russian industrial gases market remains dominated by independent producer and distributor businesses that control up to 65% of the marketplace. Typically such entities operate small-scale gas production plants of their own and still more purchase excess bulk liquid from both onsite and captive tonnage producers on a wholesale basis.
Report Data: 2014