On 15 March 2017, the official opening ceremony of professional SPE section in Gomel was held at the culture and art centre "Neftyanik". The section was opened by the initiative of oil engineers and with a support of Production Association Belorusneft.
The related events were visited by about 80 people. Among the participants – top managers of Production Association Belorusneft, SPE branch in Russia, Belnipineft R&D Institute, departments of field geophysics, enhanced oil recovery and well workover, students and teachers of P. Sukhoy Gomel State Technical University. Experts from the world well-known companies – Schlumberger and Roxar Services, Russian VNIIneft Institute added representability to the forum.
The event had been started with the overview presentation of SPE activities in the region. The speaker was SPE Regional Director Anton Ablaev. It was mentioned, that SPE organizational structure is formed based on a territory principle. Gomel section is referred to Russia and Caspian region, consisting of 25 professional and 37 student sections.
Then the head of Gomel SPE section, first deputy director – engineer-in- chief of Belnipineft R&D Institute, Production Association Belorusneft Anton Serebrennikov informed the participants on the work done during the time of section activity and section development in future.
A student of oil field development faculty of P. Sukhoy Gomel State Technical University Kirill Karseko, the head of the student SPE section made a presentation on the process of section creation and the most involved members of the student section.
Then the floor was given to the guests. The first speaker was deputy general director for R&D of VNIIneft Pavel Grishin with the presentation "Peculiarities of preparation and studying of carbonate oil-wetted core".
The head of the department of oil and gas reservoir engineering of Roxar Services Diana Shigapova made a report «Some aspects of 3D modeling of carbonate sediments ». Dmitry Usoltsev,
WPS Product Champion Schlumberger, had brought to an end the official part of the meeting with the presentation "Experience in development of shale plays in North America by method of multi-stage hydraulic fracturing".
After the official part of the meeting, guests were invited to a drink reception, where they could get to know each other better in an informal and friendly atmosphere.
Within the framework of the Gomel SPE section opening, on the basis of Belnipineft R&D Institute, a training seminar was organized with participation of WPS Product Champion Schlumberger Dmitry Usoltsev. At the seminar the interested experts discussed up-to-date methods and problems of development of hard-to-recover reserves, shared the experience of shale play development in North America.
In conclusion, managers of Production Association Belorusneft and Belnipineft R&D Institute underlined the importance of existence and work of Belarusian branch of SPE association. This international non-commercial organization gives to its members the opportunity of being a part of the global cluster of technical information exchange in the field of research, development and production of the fields. Above of this, to improve the level of knowledge and professionalism through the arrangement of electronic platforms, educational programs, publications, training courses with the participation of the experts of world-leading companies.