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.