On the 21st -22nd November 2016 in Ukhta State Technical University (USTU), the IV Arctic Symposium «Way to the Arctic» ( «Way to the Arctic: “Challenges and prospects for the development of hydrocarbon reserves”) took place with financial support coming from; «Research and Design Institute of Oil and Gas USTU», «Path Control», «Baker Hughes » and «Drill Scan ». It was organized by USTU SPE Student Chapter and the SPE Timan-Pechora Professional Section.

The Arctic Symposium «Way to the Arctic» is becoming more popular with the scientific community. This year it was attended by about fifty (50) scientists, specialists and students from USTU, Serbia and even sunny France.

Participants at the IV Arctic Symposium «Way to the Arctic» were served with an extensive program. On the first day at the USTU Business Incubator, sessions at which presentations of reports by scientists, students and experts who participated took place. All scientific reports presented were all more or less covering topics related to the “development of the Arctic shelf”.

With each passing year, the quality of the student reports been submitted for participation is growing – so said by Roman Urshulyak who was part of the expert team at the symposium. He also added; “I'm not a first time participant of the expert team, and I see that this issue is becoming more interesting for students and professionals. I took note of the especially interesting reports presented by students from the Drilling Department of USTU. The development of the Arctic region has been ongoing at an accelerated pace, and as with any new task, there are many difficulties which scientists and experts in the field are willing to solve”.

At the plenary session, reports were presented by members of the SPE Timan-Pechora professional section, scientists and representatives from the industry: Valery Pystin, Kamal Kamatov, Svetlana Kane, Ludovic Macresi, Georgiy Korshunov and George Buslaev.

Valery Pystin - The Deputy Director and Chief Engineer of «Ukhta Drilling» a branch of LLC "Gazprom Drilling" talked about his experiences related to the drilling of exploration and production wells on the Yamal Peninsula, as well as the important features of organizational work and logistics employed in the Arctic region. It turned out to be that cargo deployment to the Yamal Peninsula is done a year before drilling activities starts, and in the case of developing new farther northern territories, sea routes are considered to deliver supply materials to the sites. But even with this method of supply delivery, motor fuel consumed increases the cost of transportation to remote fishing areas by twofold.

This example illustrates the relevance of a project aimed at developing cost-effective technologies for processing Associated Petroleum Gas to produce motor fuel in remote Arctic fields. An experience with such a project is an international project on this theme elaborated on by George Buslaev - The Chairperson of SPE Timan-Pechora Professional Section and Head of the Drilling Department at Ukhta State Technical University. The developed technology will include local technologies of refining APG to obtain syngas and methanol, as well as the German refining process of obtaining gasoline and other fuels from methanol. Plants built for the developed technology must be able to fully meet the demand for fuel oil at the fields, thereby eliminating the need for fuel delivery using winter roads, sea and helicopter transportation means. The economic performance of this technology should enable the production of synthetic liquid fuel at a cost not to exceed the comparable purchase costs, delivery and storage of the fuel in remote locations and penalties incurred for APG flaring.

Head of Baker Hughes’ drilling services in Russia and the Caspian Region - Kamal Kamatov in his report talked about the new capabilities of the remote control and drilling process optimization for Arctic projects which will be implemented in the future while at the same time minimizing the presence of manpower at the sites. The most qualified specialists will work remotely and conduct several projects at once. Unfortunately (or fortunately), at the present stage of technological development, full implementation of remote controlling is not possible due to instability.

Professor Svetlana Kane of the Depart of Drilling at Ukhta State Technical University spoke about a form of a modern technology which is also used for drilling in the Arctic. This is a method of geo-steering which allows for well path determination using optimal trajectory and adjusting it accordance to the data from downhole geophysical sensors in real time. In addition, Ludovic Macresi spoke about IFR technology, which is comprised of constructed local geophysical models and the use of data from fixed and mobile geomagnetic observatories in the Arctic in order to reduce the uncertainty of geomagnetic measurements of borehole azimuth.

In conclusion, Georgiy Kurshunov who is the Advisor to the Rector of USTU highlighted on the topical theme; “Development of the Russian Federation’s northern cities and the government’s policy aimed at creating reference areas for Arctic development.

At the end of the symposium’s first day, an awards ceremony was held for rewarding the participants and winners of the student paper section. Letters of thanks from USTU SPE Student Chapter and SPE Timan-Pechora Professional Section were received by all participants, experts and representatives of the sponsoring organizations.

On November 22nd 2016, an excursion to the research laboratories at the Ukhta College of Mining and Petroleum (UCofMP) was organized for the participants of the Arctic Symposium. The flagship opening ceremony of the SPE exposition also took place there following the excursion. During the ceremony, the students of the College in attendance got to hear told parting words of advice from members of the SPE professional section George Buslaev, Dmitry Boreyko, Roman Urshulyak, and USTU SPE Student Chapter’s Vice-President Abdulrahman Idris, as well as the special guests from France; Ludovic Macresi (PathControll) and Gabriel Cavey (DrillScan). The exposition located on the second floor of UCofMP academic building included a description of eight (8) Arctic innovative projects which are set to be in display at the exposition until the next convention.

Ludovic Macresi who is also the President of «PathControl» (Paris, France), gave a lecture on "Modern technologies of improving the quality of horizontal wellbore wiring" to the participants at the symposium and other interested individuals in attendance. During the lecture, the basic components of the Earth’s magnetic field, as well as noise and sources of errors that affect the accurate measurement of well trajectory parameters of wells been drilled in the Arctic were discussed. He also in a report to the plenary session and as part of his lecture proposed solutions to reducing uncertainty ellipse trajectory, as well as the interesting effects that allow for wellbore positioning relatively to already drilled wells. The latter can be used to accurately hit another wellbore (e.g., to unload injection wells) or for drilling one above another (SAGD technology) using standard MWD telemetry system.


The foreign delegates were also taken round on a visit to Ukhta State Technical University’s Museum, auditoria and various laboratories of the University, held fruitful interactions with staff at the Department of Oil and Gas Fields Development, as well as a visit to the sports complex “Burevestnik” of the university.

On the 12th of September 2016 as part of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) «Distinguished Lecturer» programme a lecture with a rather unusual theme: "How NOT to automate the drilling process: practical experience of introducing innovative measures" was delivered in Ukhta State Technical University.

William Koederitz of the consulting firm GK Plus Innovations LLC delivered a lecture at the Big Physical auditorium for the students, lecturers and specialists in attendance. He worked as a drilling engineer in the industry, as a university researcher he received a Masters degree and also defended his doctorate thesis in petroleum engineering at Louisiana State University. For the more than 20 years spent at National Oilwell Varco Company, he focused on building real-time applications of drilling automation system. He is also a prestige author of twenty five (25) technical papers and fifteen (15) SPE patents.

At the beginning of his lecture, Mr. Koederitz spoke about the benefits of drilling automation. One of the key benefits is it allows you to remove personnel from workplace areas dangerous to their lives and health and use them in other areas of production. Thus, the influence of the so-called human factor on the drilling results is virtually eliminated and in addition resolves the problem of staff shortage and increases productivity.

The speaker also talked about the nature of automation which takes place. In total there exist seven levels of it: from 0 to 6. The zero level - is when everything is done by humans and the sixth level - "the reins" is when the system assumes the entire process while at the same time ignoring human input. According to the lecturer, the best or optimal level is the fifth level where the system works automatically but the driller can monitor the process and, if necessary intervene at any point in time.

Nowadays, a lot of drilling automation projects are often faced with the same difficulties that are connected with the notorious human factor, as well as the methodology for the implementation of the decisions taken. The lecturer suggested solutions to these problems which allow for increased chances for innovation in the field of automation during his lecturer. The main idea of the lecture was that the key users of the system, especially the drillers, should be actively involved in the process of the implementation at every stage: i.e. from design stage to the implementation of innovations.

The lecture was broadcasted live over the Internet for the sake of attracting a wider audience beyond the walls of the auditorium. In addition, for the first time a video link to Usinsk City was established connecting JSC «Usinskgeoneft» and a branch of the multinational company «Halliburton International Inc.». Mr. George Buslaev who is the Chairperson of the SPE Timan-Pechora section and recently appointed Head of Department of Drilling at Ukhta State Technical University  served as moderator of the meeting and translated the lecture in Russian for the sake of those in attendance who don’t understand English language.


Mr. George Buslaev added at the end of the lecture that SPE colleague William Koederitz raised a very topical issue. He spoke to the audience in a very simple and clear language, same time finding lots of interesting moments for self reflection. The possibility of convincing people that the need for innovation is one of the key points for success with regards to any project in any field is always challenging, hence, the introduction of all things new is always a difficult process in Russia as well in the United States of America. 

As part of the SPE «Regional Lecturer» program framework, a lecture was delivered in Ukhta State Technical University (USTU) by Oleg Pozdeev who is an expert on labor protection, industrial safety and environmental protection. The theme was; "Construction of onshore infrastructures for offshore trunk pipelines". In attendance during the lecture were representatives from the USTU Oil and Gas Project Institute, staff and students of the university. The lecture provided an overview on the construction of coastal infrastructure/facilities for offshore gas pipelines, measures aimed at reducing accidents and injuries, as well as various industrial impacts on the environment. The lecture delivered was very interesting and useful. Attendees had the opportunity to ask the lecturer their questions which he answered satisfactorily.

Background: Oleg Pozdeev has more than twenty years of experience in the oil and gas industry. During that period, he worked in several Western companies and was involved in nine projects which attracted foreign capital. Oleg Pozdeev is familiar with all stages of operation in oil and gas corporations: from the design stage of fields to their commercial operation. Also, he was directly involved in the construction of four oil and gas refineries.

On the 21st of March 2016, Evgeniy Pavlov delivered a lecture on the theme: «Modern engineering support technologies for construction of wells with complex architecture based on LukOil’s experience» within the framework of «Ambassador Lecturer» programme.

Annotation: the following points were discussed in the lecture;
• «historical» approaches applied during drilling. Their positive and negative aspects;
• Approaches for creating multi-level and multi-disciplinary teams for remote monitoring of drilling implemented in LUKOIL Group companies;
• Software for remote monitoring of drilling;
• Equipment for geophysical studies of wells during the process of drilling;
• Basic principles of geo-steering and the experience of its implementation in Western Siberian fields.

 Background: Evgeniy Pavlov - an active member of SPE since last year has more than fourteen years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He graduated from the Faculty of Geology at Kazan State University and holds an MBA in "Management of oil and gas businesses". He started as a young specialist at LukOil in 2004 and worked his way up from being an ordinary geologist as part of a structural unit in Western Siberia to Head of Center for Drilling Support at the company’s head office. Currently, he works as a senior manager in the Office of Oil and Gas Production in JSC "LUKOIL". He is the project manager overseeing regional activities in - "LUKOIL-Komi" and MRO "West Africa, Europe and America". He authored several publications in journals such as; Engineering Practice, Interval, Drilling and Oil, Russian Oil etc.

On the 14th March 2016 as part of the program «Distinguished Lecturer» Nicola Bona (Eni) delivered a lecture


For oil and gas companies, accelerating the process of assessing reserves is a strategic imperative. Often, core analysis appears to be a bottleneck for achieving this objective. Lab results must not only be accurate, but also quickly available. In some instances, the challenge can be met by simply rethinking the way in which certain well-established things are done. No sophisticated tools are required, just a change of perspective. An example is the compression of the amount of time that elapses between the acquisition of electric logs and the release of their final interpretation. Typically this time is of the order of several months because of the long equilibrium times required during core analysis. This can, however, be reduced to a few days working under non-equilibrium conditions. The instrumentation needed to do this is commonly available. Another example is the estimation of the amount of gas trapped by water influx, a critical parameter that may generate considerable uncertainty in the evaluation of recoverable reserves. By combining centrifuge and NMR measurements, it is possible to produce an exhaustive compilation of SCAL data for log interpretation and reservoir modeling in one day using just one core sample. Again, nothing but conventional instruments are required to do this type of analysis. Real applications are presented to show how these methods work. The "take home" message is that even long-established laboratory practices may have room for improvement and sometimes relatively small changes generate significant benefits.


 Nicola Bona is technical leader of the Petroleum Engineering Laboratories at ENI e&p. Besides providing operative support for the characterization and development of oil and gas fields worldwide, he is actively involved in designing equipments and experimental protocols aimed at increasing the accuracy of petrophysical measurements and speeding up their execution. Among other things, Nicola pioneered the use of drill cuttings for reservoir characterization and the use of dielectric measurements to assess rock wettability, as well as new methods for  evaluating the electrical response of rock. He developed also innovative techniques for the evaluation of fractured reservoirs, shaly rocks and tight sands which make use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Nicola has authored over 30 technical papers and holds two patents. He holds a degree in Plasma Physics from the University of Milan.

On the 12th of February 2016, a scientific seminar titled “Well Construction in the North” dedicated to commemorate the 70th anniversary of late Professor, Doctor of Technical Sciences Viktor Feodorovich Buslaev was held in Ukhta State Technical University (USTU). The seminar was organized by SPE Timan-Pechora Professional Section with immense contribution from Ukhta State Technical University SPE Student Chapter. It was attended by students, teachers, USTU alumni and ex-colleagues of Viktor Feodorovich Buslaev. Employees of the university museum and library complex prepared an exhibition of books, scientific papers and photos of the late Professor which were also showcased at the event. Also, a book about him based on the series "I remain with you ..." by Tamara Novikova a renowned local journalist was launched. Alongside the seminar participants, representatives of enterprises and organizations presented reports which were closely related or based on the scientific work of late Professor Buslaev over several years of his professional life. According to the opinion of his colleagues, Viktor F. Buslaev represents a whole epoch of knowledge linked to improving hydrocarbon production technologies. His legacy which brought an economic benefit in the amount of 15 billion rubles included;

86 copyright certificates and 33 patents,

240 scientific papers,

- 15 research grants and 18 industry related development initiatives.


Victor Feodorovic Buslaev created, developed and brought into production rotary-turbine technological drilling complex, natural bent wiring, directional, horizontal and multilateral well drilling in the North of Russia. The technique of well curvature prediction based on the rock mechanism, destruction technique to optimize cluster arrangement and construction of directional and horizontal wells taking into account environmental factors were the crème de la crème of his work as a researcher as noted by his son and successor of the late Professor’s scientific ideas, Georgiy Buslaev (PhD). He participated in the creating and developing two generations of technology for the construction of wells in frozen soils, he developed a well design for the production of abnormal oil, formulated the concept of improving the efficiency and environmental safety of the exploration and development of oil and gas fields in the North which included the rational use of geological and environmental factors. Fate limited his lifetime to a period less than a century as late Professor Viktor Feodorovic Buslaev lived for only 62 years but he managed to do a lot. He is still warmly and sincerely remembered by his colleagues at "Bashneft" Group and PO "Permneft" Group where he worked in the 1960s, and also by those at "PechorNIPIneft" Institute, "Komineft" Group and other enterprises in the city of Ukhta where half of his life was spent.

In 1978, as a young scientist he finished his postgraduate education at the All-Soviet Educational Research Institute of drilling equipments, he later defended his doctoral thesis in 1994. In Ukhta State Technical University (USTU) Viktor Fedorovich Buslaev served as Head of the Department of well drilling from 2002 - 2006. He also held the post of Vice-Rector for scientific work at the same university. During his time in the university, he prepared 12 candidates of science titleholders and three doctors of science. Late Viktor Feodorovich Buslaev was the head of the university’s scientific-pedagogical school "Construction of wells in the North", organizer of scientific forums related to activities of the scientific-pedagogical school, seminars of the school "Big Oil: Realities and Prospects ", International Youth Scientific Conference “SeverGeoEcoTech”, headed USTU drilling technology center, was a member of the expert council of the Higher Certification Commission of Russia, and an academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. 


However, as repeatedly pointed out by the seminar participants - colleagues, associates, and students of the late Professor Viktor Feodorovich Buslaev, his main goal was the possibilities of practical application of his scientific works, discoveries and innovations. As a true scientist, he was distinguished by the paradoxical and creative mind that allowed him to find a simple and elegant solution to complex industrial problems. Here is what the head of Design and Monitoring at Yarega oilfield LLC "LUKOIL-Engineering" Yuri Petrovich Konoplev (PhD) had to say about him; “Victor F. Buslaev was one of the pioneers in drilling deviated and horizontal wells in oil fields. He made a great contribution to the wiring of underground wells at the Yarega field”.  

Since the development of thermal mining began in 1968, groundwater wells were drilled without a control path. Back in those days, there was no equipment in the mine’s design to control and correct the trajectory of underground wells. When directional survey of underground wells in the 1T-2 unit was carried out in 2001, it revealed that all the wells drilled passed below the water-oil contact. General Director of JSC «Bitran» L.G. Grutsky exclaimed: "Where have we been drilling into these past 30 years!?" To correct this situation, Viktor F. Buslaev proposed a simple but ingenious solution: to control the trajectory of vertically drilled subterranean wells using a pressure gauge.

During the period from December 2002 till early 2012 before the advent of directional drilling systems, all underground wells in Yarega oilfield were drilled using path control method proposed by late Professor Viktor F. Buslaev which immediately impacted on the levels of oil production. For example: in blocks 1T-1 NS-3 and South-2bis NS-1 underground wells were drilled using trajectory control on the pressure gauge. During 12 years of operation, the oil recovery factor of the blocks exceeded 0.6, a level which was not achieved prior to that invention at the Yarega field. Additional drilling of directional wells which was typical for thermal mining development of the field wasn’t required after that.


Nikolai Aleksandrovich Rudnitskiy, Director General of OAO "Usinskgeoneft" recalled an interesting situation in his life: “For more than thirty years I have been working in the field of drilling, and on numerous occasions I had to solve both complex organizational and technological problems which not always easy and smooth. Many people tend to forget, but in the human mind forever will remain interesting creative solutions which helped to find a way out of seemingly hopeless situations. The brightest pages in my memory will forever be the practical advice I got from Viktor F. Buslaev on the use of non-standard layout of the drill string at the bottom of a well trajectory so as to correct tolerance range whenever a question regarding its arises during the drilling process. While I was serving as chief engineer at OOO NK "Recher-Komi" Oil Company in 2001, in the process of directional well drilling with assistance from a specialized service company, we encountered a problem whereby we clearly couldn’t determine the well bottom limit.

Numerous consultations with experts inclined me to take action on the drilling process, which would have inevitably led to a tightening of terms and rise in the cost of drilling work. An idea came up in my mind to ask for advice from Viktor Feodorovich Buslaev ... Within an hour, I got a complete drilling program that could serve the purpose and avoid any additional cost rise while reducing workload. Late Professor Buslaev proposed to me the continuation of rotary drilling without any expensive TV system with included parts of BHA between the above-bit calibrator and intermediate ordinary drill pipe. The wellbore was in the center of the tolerance circle….Professor! As result of the successful drilling, I began to call my colleague Victor F. Buslaev a surgeon who makes complex operations from a distance”. 


Many kind and emotional speeches about late Professor V.F. Buslaev were made by participants at the seminar. In the memory of friends, colleagues and students, he remains alive, energetic, and the same cheerful person who is always ready to respond to someone else's misfortune, and come to the rescue. His powerful potential, extensive scientific legacy still requires thorough and comprehensive study. Therefore, the wording of the theme of the first scientific seminar in memory of late Professor V.F. Buslaev is highly symbolic: late Professor V. F. Buslaev for many years was the head of USTU scientific-pedagogical school "Construction of wells in the North" and was in charge of the work of the sections at several scientific forums. It is obvious that the current industrial development policy of the Arctic dictates the need for productive work in this direction. In this context, such a need to hold the seminar annually was met with an unambiguous approval of the participants – “We will make every effort to make this event a tradition”. Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs of the Ukhta State Technical University, Emin Zafarovich Yagubov (PhD) added that the university has always been proud of its scientists, and acquainting the youths with their achievements is its objective.

One of the participants of the seminar, dedicated to the memory of V.F. Buslaev was a Muscovite Mikhail Y. Gelfgat (PhD), a recognized expert in the field of drilling with whom the late Professor V.F. Buslaev was linked through long-term friendship and common research interests. They studied together at the graduate school while the supervisor of the PhD thesis written by V. F. Buslaev was his friend’s father Jacob Aronovich himself an outstanding scientist and among the poioneers of the domestic oil and gas drilling sector. Mikhail Y. Gelfgat spoke during the seminar about his memories of studying in graduate school with V.F. Buslaev, and after the seminar delivered a lecture to students and industry specialists on "Modern technologies to combat complications in the construction of oil and gas wells."

On the 12th of February 2016, Mikhail Yakovlevich Gelfat a recognized expert in the field of drilling delivered a lecture on the topic; “Modern technologies for tackling complications during construction of oil and gas wells” in Ukhta State Technical University (USTU) as part of the SPE Regional Lecturers framework. Issues discussed during the lecture were; Advanced technology for preventing complications during construction of wells, controlled pressure drilling, casing drilling, and well overlap technology(without sacrificing diameter). The lecture aroused great interest amongst the audience which included; industry specialists, lecturers and students of Ukhta State Technical University. During his visit, Mikhail Y. Gelfat took part in the first SPE Seminar: «Well Construction in the North» and also got to pay visits to the USTU Oil and Gas Museum and USTU Polygon.

 Background: Mikhail Yakovlevich Gelfgat (PhD) is a recognized expert in the field of drilling. His work as an expert includes; five Russian patents, three US patents and more than 10 author patents. In September of 2015, he celebrated 50 years of service in the oil industry. His biography is an example of devotion to science. He began his working life in 1965 as a programmer in a laboratory of machines and mathematical studies. He then rose from being an engineer to chief design engineer in the department of drilling technology and later served as Head of the deepwater drilling sector. Heading the laboratory of well construction for special purposes is also part of his professional achievements. Since 1991, Mikhail Yakovlevich Gelfgat has been serving as Chairman Board of Directors and General Director of «Aquatic» Ltd. He also served in Weatherford as Director of Research and Development (R&D) and engineering in Russia. He has published over seventy articles and reports on drilling technology, including forty in English. In collaboration with his father Y.A. Gelfgat and Y.S. Lopatin, they published two volumes: «Innovative solutions in drilling - Lessons of the former Soviet Union» (Advanced Drilling Solutions - Lessons from the Former Soviet Union), published by PennWell Publishing in 2003.

Do not rely on set standards!

Donald Leroy Purvis, a former employee of the largest US oil and gas companies, and now a retired independent consultant on well cementing issues addressed students and lecturers of Ukhta State Technical University, as well as professionals from the companies with such a recommendation. The guest lecturer arrived in Russia under the banner of the SPE «Distinguished Lecturers» program to deliver four lectures. The lecture themed; "Cement Tests: Are we properly looking at the ordinary things", took place on January 13th 2016 at the above mentioned university.

The most important aspect in wellbore construction is creating and maintaining wellbore integrity and zonal isolation. The potential of freshwater contamination has captured the attention of the public and media. A crossflow between productive intervals or saltwater zones can result in environmental and legal challenges, and lost production. The number of wells developing annular pressure over time has become a concern and expense for operators. The design and placement of a competent cement seal in the annulus is critical in addressing these issues. This presentation describes how the testing has progressed from Code 32, the first API code, to the present day ISO and API guidelines. The audience should gain a better understanding of what cement is needed to do and the laboratory tests required to make sure it does.

Donald L. Purvis drew the audience's attention to such an important issue for the industrial production of hydrocarbons; well cementing. Precisely, he emphasized on the reliability and objectivity of modern testing problems concerning cement mixture before its use in the production industry.

Despite the fact that since the 1930s when American engineers for the first time drew attention to the composition and properties of industrial cements, their formulation has been continuously improved and testing is becoming more complex. In spite of this, about one-quarter of cementing work passes unsuccessfully as cements do not constrain the inflow of hydrocarbons into the well with one hundred percent reliability. Although the effects of this according to Donald Purvis aren’t catastrophic, the cause of almost half of today’s hydrocarbon spills from wells in the Gulf of Mexico remains shortcomings during well cementing.

To solve this problem according to the lecturer, the US and global oil and gas industry need to recognize the fact that current cement testing standard do not take into account a very important point - in the laboratory cement behaves quite differently than in the well where it is subjected to a plurality of unrecorded impacts. That is why it is not necessary for future oil and gas industry engineers to unconditionally trust accepted testing standards. The lecture concluded with the lecturer taking questions from the attendees. 

Thursday 17th of December 2015 witnessed the commencement of the III Arctic Seminar «WAY TO THE ARCTIC» - Challenges and prospects of developing its hydrocarbon reserves

Similar seminars for professional and student members of SPE are usually held separately. But on this occasion, a decision to join forces from both sides for the sake of achieving a unified brainstorming front was made.

Georgiy Buslaev a Candidate of Technical Sciences titleholder who is also the Chairperson of SPE Timan-Pechora Professional section noted that during the development of the Russian section of the Arctic shelf it is necessary to take into account the complexity of its geographical, climatic and ecological conditions, which in turn require the use of innovative approaches for exploration, development and exploitation of oil and gas fields. These technologies need to be developed and tested in Arctic conditions in close cooperation with industrial, scientific, engineering and educational organizations with close proximity to it in addition to employing innovative infrastructure and relevant practical experience (cluster development).   

This “cluster development” should basically be a significant body of international research dealing with scientific and technical information, the spread of which is precisely the mission of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) International. The SPE Seminar («Way to the Arctic» - Challenges and prospects for the development of hydrocarbon reserves) can serve as an informative platform for the above mentioned theme.

The main objectives of the seminar are:
-setting of actual problems related to the development of the Arctic shelf,
-involving lecturers, students and young scientists towards resolving those problems, and
-identifying talented young people for research activities.

During the plenary session of the III Arctic Seminar, several reports by recognized experts were presented. In particular, the director of the USTU Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Vasiliy Zykov made a presentation on "The Doctrine of safe development of Arctic resources «the doctrine of BORA»” based on the triadic model for innovative economic development in the various regions of Russia. Also, Aleksandr Salnikov an Associate Professor from the department of Pipeline Engineering at Ukhta State Technical University presented a report titled; “methods and means of combating accidental oil spills in the Arctic offshore”.

With immense interest, interns and engineers listened to the reports presented by guests at the seminar. Valeriy Pystin who is the Chief Engineer of the company "Ukhta Drilling" a branch of LLC "Gazprom Drilling" spoke on the topic; «The experience and the complexity of drilling in the Arctic with examples from experiences at OOO "Gazprom Drilling" facilities». The branch head of LLC "Gazprom VNIIGAZ" in Ukhta Alexander Kuzbozhev reported on the results of research related to the effectiveness of thermal insulation coatings on Bovanenkovo-Ukhta pipelines in frozen ground areas. Other young researchers were also able to present their reports during the seminar at the numerous thematic sections available.

 Evaluating the results of the seminar, the Chairperson of SPE Timan-Pechora Professional Section Georgiy Buslaev commented that; “It should be noted that «Way to the Arctic» seminar was broadcasted live for the first time over the internet, and thanks to that initiative those who couldn’t come to Ukhta were able to follow the seminar on Arctic research. In particular, the regional director of the SPE Russian and Caspian region Anton Ablaev praised the level of the event and expressed his regret for not been able to attend the seminar in person due to the rescheduled date of the seminar.