From 31st March - 1st April 2017, our section organized and financed a two-day visit by Riverson Oppong, Chief Editor of «SPE TIMES», SPE lecturer, Senior Member of the organizing committee of the World Oil Youth Council and a young specialist at Lukoil International. He presented a lecture and soft skills training on SPE paper writing. The lecture was presented in English and translated to Russian by George Buslaev, the Chairperson of the section. His lecture theme; "The Arctic in the Global Perspective - Resources", was very informative and drew interest from the attendees thanks to the fact that Ukhta State Technical University (USTU) the core educational and scientific institution in our region is at the forefront of Russian Arctic research. As the lecture was devoted to solving the problems of developing the Arctic, which is very important from a Russian Federation thanks to its rich oil and gas deposits. Many student members of USTU SPE Student Chapter in attendance also got the chance to ask questions pertaining to the Arctic.
Also, the soft skills training on writing good articles for scientific conferences was very interactive and practical. It gave our members the opportunity to hear from an insider about how to make good impression on the selection committee and about opportunities for scientific work relevant to SPE mission. The training was aimed at preparing section members, invited professionals and university students in attendance to face interviews confidently and increase their chances of success in them. Riverson as part of the training taught us how to groom ourselves for interviews, build a rapport with the interviewer and answer questions diligently. The training also exposes to mock interview practice sessions. Being able to actively listen to others and articulate your ideas in writing and verbally to any audience in a way where you are heard and you achieve the goals you intended with that communication. This also includes language skills if the spoken language at work is your second language. With regards to networking, he spoke about being able to be interesting and interested in business conversations that motivate people to want to be in your network. The bigger and stronger the network you have, the more easily you can get things done (e.g., find a job, get advice, find business partners, find customers, etc…)
In conclusion, this type of training was the first of its kind to be carried out as part of the section’s activities. Our section members and invited guests all went away with great benefits from listening to such a seasoned motivational speaker and industry professional.
There were elections for the presidency of the SPE in the business incubator in March 17. As a result of the pre-election meetings, 3 candidates for the main position of the SPE Chapter were identified: Rashid Mesreb (second-year student of BS), Yamov Yuri (first-year student of PEMG) and Azizov Kenan (second-year student of PG). Speeches were given by each of the candidates while election process. They expressed their thoughts about the future development of Chapter. All speeches were held at a high level. All the candidates agreed the opinion that one of the main problems is the organization's asset to promote science and hold meetings of foreign lecturers with students of the USTU to improve their qualifications and motivation in their studies. As a result of the event, Rashid Mesreb became Chapter's president for 2017. After the election the whole asset was invited in the office to discuss further actions within the electoral program and the appointment of the most active members of the SPE. The work is already boiling and it means that the choice was made correctly. Let's look at the results at the end of the year.
On the 8th of February of each year, "Science Day" which is dedicated to the founding of the Academy of Sciences is celebrated in Russia. As we know, science is the main driving force for progress, the most important resource for the development of the nation’s economy, medicine, education and social services. Hence, economic growth, the creation of new high-end jobs and improvement of the quality of life of millions of people directly depend on the achievements made by scientists.
On this significant day, the Ukhta State Technical University (USTU) Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter organized a lecture for high school students at USTU with the sole aim of raising awareness and interest in the younger generation with regards to the oil and gas industry. Participants at lessons and subsequent experiments, as well as university students who volunteered at the event were presented with symbolic gifts.
At the beginning of the event, experiments showing; "perforated well casing", "Hydraulic fracturing" and "Peak oil production" were carried out. The students in attendance actively participated in them and displayed a great interest in the oil production process.
During the lecture, the participants also had the privilege to get acquainted with the various Heads of Departments at Ukhta State Technical University. They gladly told them about the processes of oil production, refining and transportation, as well as geological prospecting for prospective hydrocarbon deposits.
In conclusion, the event was very successful and gave the students present the opportunity to showcase their full potential. In turn, Ukhta State Technical University (USTU) Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter in its capacity as an educational body promised to support this initiative and is ready to continue working with high schools on various programmes of high educational value.
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 14th of April 2016, Ukhta State Technical University opened its doors to participants at the VI National Youth Innovation Convention "Youth - the future of the Republic of Komi".
The Convention is aimed at identifying and supporting talented youth, creating conditions for them to display their creative abilities, enhancing youth participation in science and promoting scientific and technical creativity of the youth. The organizers of the convention were the Ministry of Education and Youth Policy of Komi Republic and FSBEI HE «Ukhta State Technical University».
At the Convention 130 projects were submitted under the five disciplines available: natural sciences, engineering sciences, information technology, social sciences and humanities and economic sciences. Educational institutions present included; Ukhta State Technical University, Syktyvkar State University named after Pitirim Sorokin, Syktyvkar Institute of Forestry, Syktyvkar Commerce and Technology College, Syktyvkar Humanities and Education College named after Kuratov, Syktyvkar College of Forestry, School №1 for the in-depth study of specific subjects (Syktyvkar), and Schools №2 and № 10 (Ukhta).
USTU SPE Student Chapter performed a great and difficult job in creating an exhibition stand. At first, the idea of the USTU SPE Student Chapter exhibition stand seemed almost impossible as the idea was conceived exactly ten days before the start of the convention. But our team so determined to realize this ambitious project went ahead and made it a reality. We faced a lot of difficulties and problems right from the first phase of the project but each and every one of us understood that we had no room for error. Virtually, the team worked round the clock leaving no chance for an unsuccessful completion. Thanks to our clearly stated objectives, efficiency and well-coordinated teamwork, we managed to create a great professionally manufactured exhibition stand as confirmed by Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov USTU SPE Student Chapter President.
The exhibition stand attracted a lot of attention from experts, participants and guests not only for its fresh design but also for the innovative projects presented by student members of the USTU SPE Student Chapter and professional members of SPE Timan-Pechora section. The overall project theme was "Technology and equipment for the development of hydrocarbon reserves in the Arctic Shelf and the Far North". Recognition of outstanding projects took place at the end of the convention. Successful amongst them was one of the projects of our exhibition stand; "Development of land based drilling facilities for drilling horizontal wells using ERD technology on the Arctic Shelf," by Ovchinnikov Vyacheslav Alexandrovich and Gomzyakova Raisa both students of Ukhta State Technical University. Also during the exhibition, discussions and talks took place with representatives of companies and organizations with regards to joint projects and future plans.
The USTU SPE Student Chapter exhibition stand was established with the support of the SPE Timan-Pechora Professional Section with financial support also provided by OOO "Research and Design Institute of Oil and Gas USTU".
On the 13th of April 2016, the conference hall of NIPI of Oil and Gas USTU hosted the first workshop of the project "Associated Petroleum Gas" based on the framework of the EU program ERA.Net RUS Plus. It was attended by representatives of the Ukhta State Technical University, Freiberg University of Mining and Technology (Germany), Institute of deep processing of coal Zabrzhe (Poland), OOO «LUKOIL-Ukhta Oil Refining», LLC «USTU-Invest» and Deputy General Director of «Research and Design Institute of Oil and Gas USTU» Eldar Berdiyev. The event was historic in all aspects and forms. The participating scientists from the three countries will be conducting research in the field of utilization of Associated Petroleum Gas. The problem is relevant to many oil companies as fines for gas flaring are constantly growing likewise regulations are getting tougher.
The technology we're working on now, allows for the processing of Associated Petroleum Gas into more useful products - gasoline, diesel, kerosene and various oils that can be used in the production - said Yuri Voloschuk an academic researcher at the Freiberg Academy of Mining and Technology (graduate of Ukhta State Technical University, ex-employee of PING USTU and former President of USTU SPE Student Chapter). He added that the mining academy has two large plants which currently allows for it to be done but would like to introduce a modular design of the equipment in order to facilitate its transportation to remote locations. The aim of our project is development of a new process chain for APG utilization to obtain a motor fuel and a feasibility study which would confirm that this technology can be cost-effective in the conditions of the Russian Far North.
Research and Design Institute of Oil and Gas USTU will serve as the project coordinator while scientists in Germany and Poland will simulate the technology to be employed. The team in Ukhta will be providing the necessary data to carry out an economic analysis of the market and form the database of promising deposits. As scheduled, the project will last for two years and is going to be funded by a grant.
The supervisor of the international project and Chairperson of SPE Timan-Pechora Section George Viktorovic Buslaev highlighted that: “The first joint discussion of the project on utilization of associated petroleum gas with the representatives of all parties took place in NIPI of Oil and Gas USTU. In international business slang language, such an event is called «kick-off meeting» - an expression borrowed from football, where at the beginning of the match, the ball is put into play by a strike from the center of the field. Thus the "center of the field" in this case has become our city- Ukhta. The meeting also provided an opportunity for all the parties to present their individual activities and achievements.
In addition, discussion took place about the possibility of cooperation within the framework of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation’s program aimed at attracting leading scientists, a plan for further projects was drawn, as well as the frequency of intermediate video-conferencing. Scientists from Germany and Poland were able to visit the Ukhta refinery, inspect USTU auditoria, got acquainted with the projects presented at the Youth Convention before its opening, and even descend into the mine at Yaregskaya field. The next meeting of the project is scheduled to take place in six months time during visits to our partners in Poland and Germany.
The traditional International Youth Scientific Conference «SeverGeoEcoTech-2016» kicked-off on the 23rd of March 2016 in Ukhta State Technical University lasting for two days. For the fourth consecutive year, undergraduate and postgraduates students of leading Russian universities submitted their reports to the section of "Offshore Oil and Gas engineering on the Arctic shelf".
Organizers of the scientific forum are; Ukhta State Technical University, the SPE Timan-Pechora Professional Section and USTU SPE Student Chapter which contribute significantly to the development of the oil and gas industry.
In the section "Offshore Oil and Gas engineering on the Arctic shelf", nineteen papers were presented this year on various topics - from the process for producing a synthesis gas from hydrocarbon feedstock to geotechnical monitoring of linear structures. Among the participants were undergraduate and postgraduate students from Ukhta, St. Petersburg, Arkhangelsk and Vorkuta.
President of Ukhta State Technical University SPE Student Chapter Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov noted that each year the standard of the reports was increasing, while also marking this year’s conference as great. As the conference progressed, the participating youths began to feel more confident, hence listening to their work was also interesting as noted by the jury. It is worth noting that the works were well researched and not mere abstracts as it sometimes happens at student conferences. For students participating in such a significant scientific forum this was a great opportunity for them to evaluate their work and acquire valuable research experience. Thanks to the existing USTU index system, each participant could earn extra points to their scores in the mentioned system as a result.
Of course, such large-scale work with young student researchers is always in need of strong support, and because of that the “Research and Design Institute of Oil and Gas USTU” always comes to the rescue; allocating the necessary funds and staff to work with the students and supervise their scientific research.
The support rendered by Society of Petroleum Engineers(SPE) is additionally expressed by the fact that work of the section was chaired by the Chairperson of the SPE Timan-Pechora Professional Section Georgiy Viktorovich Buslaev, with assistance from his colleague and co-chair Aleksandr Salnikov who was also the advisor to the young students.
The results of the SPE sponsored section “Offshore Oil and Gas Engineering on the Arctic shelf” were announced on the 24th of March 2016. The winning paper; "Development of composite fiber-optic material based coupling equipment for the repair of pipelines in the Arctic shelf" belonged to the participant Aleksandra Valasova a student of Ukhta State Technical University. Second place went to Nadezhda Titova and Gulshat Shakirov both students of Ukhta State Technical University who presented a paper titled; "Method for analyzing the rate of corrosion of steel offshore structures in the Offshore Russia". Third place went to Srbuyi Bagdasaryan (Ukhta State Technical University) for her work titled "Development of magnetic cleaning scraper to remove solid deposits from offshore export pipelines". Laureates winners Pavel Kiyan, Maria Kiyan, Aleksandr Moroz, Trukhonin Kirill and Knyazev Vladislav (all members of Ukhta State Technical University SPE Student Chapter) also got recognition and awards. Each and every participant was awarded with diplomas and memorable gifts of LLC "Research and Design Institute of Oil and Gas UGTU". The scientific works of the young scientists which stood out will be published in the print materials of the conference.
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.