SPE is deeply saddened by the news of Valery Grayfer passing. For many years Valery Grayfer served as Chairman of PJSC LUKOIL Board of Directors, and actively supported SPE activity in Russia and Caspian region.
Valery Grayfer was a living legend whose achievements at the pinnacle of the Russian oil industry, and uniquely influential support for SPE were acknowledged by Nomination for the 2010 SPE Award of Honorary Member.
Professor Grayfer's achievements over a 57-year career have been recognized within Russia at the highest level. All who have had the pleasure to work with Grayfer as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Russia Oil & Gas Conference, from its 2006 inception to preparations for October 2010, know that the success of this flagship event owes more to him than any other individual. Grayfer was a giant within the oil and gas industry of the largest petroleum producer on earth. His leadership of the SPE conference has made it possible to engage other industry titans, and to establish this conference as a symbol SPE's growing stature in the Russia and Caspian region.
We express our sincerest sorrow and condolences to his family and friends.