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.