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2018 SPE Russian Petroleum Technology Conference – Fresh look at traditional technical discussions

Posted on 29 October 2018

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association for members engaging in oil and gas E&P, providing resources for technical knowledge.

SPE Mission is to collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources, and related technologies for the public benefit; and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence.

On 1517 October 2018, the SPE Russian Petroleum Technology Conference brought together 850+ delegates who had the opportunity to listen to 230+ technical presentations, making it one of the largest SPE events to take place in the region.

AVK_0133.jpgRepresentatives from 199 international and local operating and service companies, government agencies, R&D institutes, universities, and professional associations from 20+ countries took part in the conference. There were large delegations from international and national oil and gas companies, including Gazprom Neft, Rosneft, LUKOIL, Schlumberger, Halliburton, Tatneft, Zarubezhneft, Surgutneftegaz, Belorusneft and many more.

The conference programme committee is traditionally made up of leading specialists and experts in various fields of oil and gas industry who are in charge of critical paths identification and the technical programme development. This year the programme committee was chaired by Krešo Kurt Butula, Schlumberger, Andrey Bochkov, Gazprom Neft, and Azamat Ismagilov, Zarubezhneft.

AVK_0470.jpgThe robust conference programme included a panel session, 24 technical and 6 knowledge sharing sessions, 6 round tables and other events that covered the full range of topical issues important for international and Russian energy complex. The most popular topics were digital technologies, oilfield development, well construction, production stimulation and hydraulic fracturing, hard-to-recover reserves, geology and geophysics.

The conference opened with the Panel Session devoted to the Promises and Pragmatic Realities of Data-Driven Energy. The session was moderated by professional industry journalists: Sergey Nikitin, Industry Expert, and Ernest Orentlikherman, TEKNOBLOG, who held discussions about digital transformation of oil and gas industry, the associated risks and problems faced by companies that actively use advanced technologies with industry leaders in the field of intellectual technologies. The companies that participated were Deloitte, Gazprom Neft, LUKOIL, Shell, IBM and others. 

AVK_0642.jpgThe first day continued with the Special Session "Technical Leadership in the Era of Change" supported by Salym Petroleum. Thanks to a creative approach to the event’s organisation and technological improvements the session was transformed from a traditional discussion into a fascinating technical show with exciting presentations, live interaction with the audience, and virtual reality. This special event has set a high standard of session organisation and we sincerely hope that it is only the beginning of the new era in conferencing.

The session included the following topics:

  • The Future of Energy: Efficiency, Safety, People by Michael Collins, SPD CEO;
  • Futurological Vision: Global Trends of Technical Development. Threats and Opportunities by Alexander Chulok, Deputy Director Foresight Centre Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge;
  • Synergy of Cooperation: Uniting Best Practices by Mars Khasanov, Head of Technologies Directorate, Gazprom Neft NTC;
  • The World of Oil in the Times of Digital Transformation by Dirk Claessens, IBM Managing Director for Global Royal Dutch Shell;
  • SciencEngineering: From Theory to Practice by Alexander Sitnikov, Deputy CEO for Geology and Field Development at Gazprom Neft NTC;
  • Industrial Revolution (IR) 4.0 and its Applications in Upstream by Sami Alnuaim, SPE President.

AVK_0700.jpgThe session ended with a panel discussion between all speakers and the audience.

On 15 October SPE held a Round Table on Challenges and Solutions for Slim Hole Wells Construction. Withinthe framework of the round table, participants analyzed different approaches to resolving problems of drilling small-diameter intervals and discussed the effectiveness and prospects of the proposed solutions.

The presentations delivered during this round table included:

  • The Results of Construction of the First Small Diameter Multilateral Well in PAO "LUKOIL" by Konstantin Meshcheriakov and Sergey Suntsov, LLC «LUKOIL-Engineering» «PermNIPIneft»
  • Experience in Middle East by Vyacheslav Kretsul, Schlumberger Global Support Center
  • Tatneft New Approach to Slim Hole Wells Construction Using Well Pattern Thickening by Vitaly Abdulkin, Tatneft

The first day of the conference ended with the evening reception which hosted the SPE Regional Awards Ceremony. The winners were awarded for their significant input to the industry and SPE activities. The Regional Distinguished Corporate Support Award was given to NCOC.AVK_0723.jpg

During the second conference day SPE held four round tables on the most relevant for industry issues. This event format has proven itself to be very efficient in terms of a specific topic discussion in a small range of specialists interested in this particular topic.

Round Table on Machine Learning and Why It Does Not Work supported by Gazprom Neft, was one of the most demanded during this conference. The round table discussion focused on the key problems and most typical mistakes faced by petroleum engineers when using intelligent data analysis technologies.

The speakers were:

  • The Concept of a Universal Data Analysis Tool for Oil Engineers by Maksim Simonov, Gazpromneft STC;
  • Application of Machine Learning in Research Projects: Experience of Schlumberger Moscow Research Center by Ivan Yakimchuk, Schlumberger Moscow Research Center;
  • Predictive Maintenance and Predictive Equipment Failure Analysis by Danis Maganov, ALMA Services Company;
  • Integration and Analysis of Data Registered by a Large Set of Sensors on an Off-Shore Platform in Order to Monitor and Intellectually Advise Operators by Anton Aristov, The Boston Consulting Group

During a Round Table on Oilfield Testing and EOR Methods Application in Practice participants discussed a wide range of issues devoted to EOR application experience in Russia and abroad. Participants will also discuss perspectives and problems of different EOR type development, factors contributing and preventing EOR application on fields.

The presentations included:

  • EOR Competence along the Value Chain by Ana Todosijevic and Aron Behr, Wintershall
  • Approach to the Implementation of EOR Projects in “Gazprom Neft” by Andrey Groman, Gazpromneft STC
  • ASP Technology as a Petroleum Start-Up by Mikhail Shuster, Salym Petroleum Development N.V.
  • Laboratory Modelling and Field Experience in the Use of Dispersed Systems for Enhanced Oil Recovery by Vladimir Mazayev, Tyumen Petroleum Research Center
  • Сarbonates and EOR Studies by Pavel Grishin, VNIIneft

AVK_0942.jpgA Round Table on Knowledge Management System - In-House Dissemination, Storage, and Use of Knowledge was devoted to discussing the problems of creating, promoting, and using knowledge management systems. The presentations were made by:

  • Knowledge Management in Oil & Gas Companies: Yesterday, Now and Tomorrow by Vladimir Baronov, KM Expert
  • Gazprom Neft Upstream Knowledge Management System by Boris Belozerov and Evgeny Victorov, Gazpromneft STC
  • In-House Dissemination, Storage and Use of Knowledge and Experience through the example of Knowledge Management System in LUKOIL Upstream Business Segment by Vladimir Kotovsky and Dmitry Khurshudov, LUKOIL-Engineering
  • Trust Formalization (Manage Business Knowledge) by Yury Mishchenko, Salym Petroleum Development N.V.
  • Operational Excellence Improvement Programme in Exploration and Production by Aneliya Mikryukova and Alexey Isakov, Rosneft
  • Communities of Practice – Knowledge and Experience Management Project (Petrophysics Communities of Practice - Case Study) by Khabarov A.V., Kantemirov Yu.D.., Pospelova T.A., Rosneft, Tyumen Petroleum Research Center

AVK_1000.jpgSupported by GeoSteering Technologies we held a Round Table on Problems and Challenges of Oil and Gas Local Software Development, during which participants discussed challenges will be addressed by the developer-companies. The presented topics were the following:

  • Development of High Technology Software for the Russian Market: Problems and Features by Natalya Zavyalova, LLC Oil&Gas Center of MIPT
  • Challenges in Developing and Commercializing of a Multidisciplinary Drilling Software Platform by Sergey Stishenko, Geosteering Technologies
  • IBM’s Partnership Approach to Delivering Innovative IT solutions to the Oil and Gas Industry by Pavel Sementsov, IBM UK
  • Use of Artificial Intelligence Algorithms for Efficiency Increasing in Oil and Gas Production by Yuriy Krylov, ZYFRA
  • Race for the Russian Market. No prophet is Accepted in His Hometown by Kirill Bogachev, Rock Flow Dynamics
  • Why Should Oil and Gas Operators Develop "Home-Made Software" when Almost Everything Can Be Bought or Ordered? by Irina Bobb, GeoXpert Services

During the last day of the conference delegates had the opportunity to take part in the Special Young Professionals Session and Young Professionals Round Table: Collaboration of Oil Companies and Universities – Modern Operating Experiences. The round table participants discussed internships and efforts of operating and service companies working with universities, company expectations regards to graduates competencies and professional skills, existing gaps in these dimensions and companies plans on their amendment during future specialists education. They also listened to the following presentations:

  • Long-Term Program of Interaction with Universities: Integrated Approach to Research Plans and Staffing for Universities and Companies by Pavel Sorokin, Gazpromneft STC
  • LEAD Recruitment in Baker Hughes by Rena Martyanova, Baker Hughes
  • Searching for New Talents: Practices in STC VNIIneft by Vyacheslav Terentyev, VNIIneft
  • Schlumberger Experience in Recruiting Graduates of Leading Universities by Konstantin Mazayev, Schlumberger
  • Optimizing the Training of a Young Professional by Natalia Petrova, Geofizika Training and Research Center

AVK_0899.jpgOn 16-17 October the SPE Russia and Caspian Regional Student Paper Contest was held alongside the conference. About 30 students were competing for the 1st place in their divisions – Bachelors, Masters and PhD Students.

We are happy to announce the winners who will represent the region at the International Student Paper Contest alongside next year ATCE in Calgary, Canada:

  • Bachelors: Zinnat Maksutov, USTPU
  • Masters: Maksim Elizaryev, MIPT
  • PhD Students: Artur Shakhmayev, Gubkin University

One of the important innovative solutions this year was the first launch of the conference mobile application sponsored by Gazprom Neft. The application was a great personal guide for delegates. It was downloaded by 745 users who asked approximately 200 questions to speakers during and after sessions. The originators have gathered all comments and suggestions that will be taken into account to improve the application in 2019.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) expresses their gratitude for the support this year to the programme committee members; sponsors: Halliburton, BP, Roxar, Gazprom Neft, Salym Pertoleum, LUKOIL, GeoSplit, Equinor, Chevron, Tatneft, Schlumberger, and Rock Flow Dynamics; Holiday Inn Sokolniki Hotel staff; interpreters; and students from Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas and Lomonosov Moscow State University SPE Students Chapters who voluntarily helped SPE.

For any queries or to request photographs for the 2018 SPE Russian Petroleum Technology Conference, please contact Lilia Khalmuradova.

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