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Write on Thursday, 24 March 2016 Published in Events USTU Chapter

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.

Write on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 Published in Meetings

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.

Write on Thursday, 10 March 2016 Published in Meetings

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.