Argus Limited: Technologies of the future
Alisher K. Tashmatov, Director of the Argus Limited representative office for
What sort of business is Argus Limited running today globally and in
It is now almost thirty years since our company engaged in the business of the supply to former
For the time of its operation, Argus Limited has managed to develop partnership relations and become an official distributor of leading Western producers, and world leaders in their field of operation. I will just name some of them. They are Lincoln Electric, CRC-Evans, Canusa, Clock-Spring, Polyken, Vikoma, and many others. Our company is an associated member of the International Pipeline and Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA) and Russian Oil and Gas Builders Alliance (ROGBA). In October of 2007 Argus Limited was certified under the ISO 9001:2000 Standards. All our employees attended special courses on engineering and commercial matters. Moreover, American Petroleum Institute (API) and the National Agency for Control and Welding (NACW) attested many of them for a number of technologies.
Considering the fact that the Argus Group of Companies participates in all strategic projects of construction and repair of oil, gas, and product pipelines and relevant infrastructure in the CIS,
An important milestone in the expansion of our business in
After setting up the Almaty office, we decided to open a representative office and warehouses for storing of welding equipment and consumables in Atyrau. This was quite a logical step, since it is exactly in
What other large Kazakhstani companies, besides KazStroyService, are you cooperating with?
What are the competitive advantages of Argus Limited?
The Argus Group of Companies has a good reputation from its long history of operation, projects implemented at a good-quality level, and its attitude to business. Our company steadily adheres to the strategy, aimed to further increase the meeting of the foreign manufacturer’s products the domestic market demands. To intensify this process, we, jointly with the All-Russian Research Institute for Construction and Operation of Pipelines and Enterprises of Oil & Gas Sector (VNIIST), the All-Russian Research Institute for Natural Gas and New Technologies (VNIIGAZ), and the Kazakhstani Company Engineering and Methodical Center, conducted a number of events to adapt and introduce the up-to-date Western technologies in the field of construction and service of the pipeline transport in Kazakhstan.
Getting started on the work of every new task, we aspire jointly with our customers to carry out the maximum full scientific, technical and commercial examination of the project, taking into account the prospects considered by the customer, specific features of the project, deadlines for the carrying out of works, and industry development trends. The maximum satisfaction of the customer’s demands was and remains the determinant factor of our activities. We provide a full range of services from development of the project and relevant technical documentation, supply of machinery, equipment, and materials, the carrying out of assembling and commissioning works to the implementation of the project on a turn-key basis.
One more plus is that we engage in the training and certification of the customer’s personnel and it is worth noting that there are few companies providing this services on the market. In particular, in autumn of 2008 we launched a training, certification and service center in Gagarin (
We make every possible effort to make it easier for the customer going through customs clearance and to shorten the term of delivery of goods. We have managed to do this through the opening of intermediate warehouses in
An important thing is that we not only provide a warranty service, but also a post-warranty service of the equipment sold. If necessary, our specialists can come to the customer’s place at any time of the day. Other companies cannot afford this; only big suppliers can do so.
Among the determinant factors is that that we have an individual approach to every our customer and take responsibility for the end product. Studies carried out by specialists of our company jointly with leading Western scientific centers and main sector-related Russian and Kazakhstani scientific centers often give rise to new ideas and approaches. This allows the manufacturers of the equipment to complete their products with features, adopting them to specific demands of the project. We constantly seek and propose to our customer’s optimum solutions, combining the maximum use of machinery and equipment manufactured by domestic producers, and the soft integration of new equipment and technologies into the systems, which are already in use by the customer.
What are the company’s plans for business development in
We intend to introduce on the Kazakhstan market not simply new technologies, but those marked by a new approach in principle, those which meet the present-day realities, which are cost-saving, but oriented to getting the highest result. The world economic crisis dictates new game rules. Our company expanded the network of representative offices within the regions and paid more attention to technologies where the HF influence is brought to a zero. The latter thing is caused, in the first place, by the lack of professionals in the sector. In many other things we, like many others, adhere to traditional approaches.
For the second year running we have been participating in the construction of the Asian gas pipeline, traversing from
- Plants for internal and external isolation of pipes
- Equipment and materials for automatic, semiautomatic and manual welding
- Modern technologies for control of the quality of metal castings, welding joints and isolation
- Equipment for excavation of trenches and backfilling
- Equipment for trenches-free technologies
- Equipment for cutting and beading equipment
- Materials and equipment for isolation of pipelines, welding joints and tanks
- Cathode protection systems
- Equipment for testing the pipelines
- Methods and processes of carrying our repair of the pipelines
- Repair of operating pipelines without their stoppage
- Hot tapping
- Clearing and sizing pistons
- Emergency oil spills response systems
- Cross-country vehicles
- Units for processing of waste of the petrochemical sector and oil producing sector