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.