May 18, 2022

Gazprom Neft uses blockchain tech to streamline aircraft refueling

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Russian oil firm Gazprom Neft’s aviation subsidiary — Gazpromneft-Aero — announced Monday that it has completed a successful pilot of its blockchain-based refueling project, Smart Fuel.

The new platform was implemented for more than 100 scheduled flights of Russian budget airline Smartavia, operating at the international airport of Murmansk. Alongside Smartavia, the pilot involved major banks VTB and Raiffeisenbank.

Dmitry Makarov, head of the Smart Fuel project, told Cointelegraph that the blockchain-based trial in Murmansk ran from September to December 2020. Following the successful pilot, Gazpromneft-Aero will continue providing its refueling payment solution to Smartavia, Makarov said.

Based on the major blockchain framework Hyperledger Fabric, the new tool uses smart contracts to automate and accelerate refueling payment processing times. The system is capable of processing refueling payments in a matter of seconds, while the traditional payment transactions usually take up to four or five days, Gazpromneft-Aero said.

Makarov explained that the traditional process for refueling payments is paperwork-heavy and involves excessive spending. “Since it’sTitle: Gazprom Neft uses blockchain tech to streamline aircraft refueling
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Published Date: Mon, 01 Mar 2021 10:00:00 +0000