Transneft Druzhba Celebrates 55th Anniversary

Date of publication: 09 September 2019

Transneft Druzhba is celebrating its 55th anniversary.

The history of the Company dates back to the fall of 1964, when an official ceremony of launching the Druzhba oil pipeline, the world's largest system of oil trunk pipelines, took place.

The huge project of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (CMEA) was conceived in 1959, when the governments of the USSR, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland signed an agreement on the joint construction of a pipeline for delivering oil from the Volga-Ural Petroleum and Gas Province to socialist countries. Each state had to supply the necessary materials, machinery, equipment and workforce.


The trans-European pipeline was built in four years. It runs through Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia and Lithuania. The pipeline route crosses the Volga, Oka, Dnieper, Dniester, Vistula and Danube rivers, as well as hundreds of smaller rivers, thousands of roads and railways, runs through the marshes of Polesie and the Carpathian Mountains.

In 1974, the second branch of the pipeline system, laid in the same technological corridor as the preexisting oil pipeline, was put into operation. The Druzhba-2 doubled the USSR’s export potential.


The total length of the Druzhba oil trunk pipelines is 8.9 thousand kilometres, including 3.9 thousand kilometres in the Russian Federation. Transneft Druzhba operates the Russian section of the pipeline system.

In 2016, the Company took the responsibility for the facilities of the PPTP system which connect the largest oil refineries in Samara Region and the Republic of Bashkortostan with the areas where the fuel is consumed.

Today, Transneft Druzhba includes 24 oil pumping stations, 14 petroleum products pumping stations, and a large tank farm. Annually, about 100 million tonnes of oil are pumped through the Druzhba oil trunk pipeline system, as well as over 10 million tonnes of diesel fuel are transported via the system’s petroleum products trunk pipelines.

The operating facilities of the Company are located in 11 regions – from Samara to the western borders of Russia. The headcount is about 7 thousand people.

The Company pays great attention to its employees’ professional development and welfare, as well as to implementation of social programmes and environmental and charity projects.  

In 2017-2019, Transneft Druzhba took an active part in the implementation of Transneft's corporate programme for the development of school education. Physics, chemistry and mathematics classrooms in 26 educational institutions in 9 regions of the Company’s operation have been overhauled and equipped with modern laboratory and demonstration equipment. 

Transneft Druzhba Press Service