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SPE Russian Petroleum Technology Conference Hits Breaking Attendance Record by 20%

Posted on 20 November 2019

On 22­-24 October 2019, SPE held the best oil and gas conference in Russia[1], the SPE Russian Petroleum Technology Conference that gathered 800+ delegates at the Holiday Inn Sokolniki Hotel, where they listened to 235+ technical presentations.

"...for professionals, it makes a great sense to participate in this conference, because here they meet with the elite of our industry and have the opportunity to share their ideas at the conference and gain technical and new ideas..." Sergey Kolbikov, NOVATEK.

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The conference was attended by 190+ IOCs and NOCs, including operators and service companies, research institutes and universities, government agencies and professional public organisations across 22 countries.

Among the largest companies in attendance included Rosneft, Saudi Aramco, Gazprom and Gazprom Neft, LUKOIL, Schlumberger, Halliburton, Tatneft, Zarubezhneft, Surgutneftegaz, Skolkovo and many more.

This year’s conference programme committee was chaired by Denis Sugaipov, Gazpromneft - Development, Alexander Shpilman, V.I. Shpilman Research and Analytical Center for the Rational Use of Subsoil and Olivier Houzé, KAPPA.

The programme was rich in diversity and included an opening panel session, 24 technical sessions, 6 knowledge sharing sessions, 6 round tables and many other events. The presentation topics were devoted to field geophysics, digital technology, development of oil and gas fields, well construction, stimulation of production and hydraulic fracturing.

It is widely known that historical knowledge is essential to shape our future. Sooner or later, we will be faced with a seemingly ‘new’ problems, where we will need to delve back into the past and find the solutions. SPE developed the panel session that opened the conference which was dedicated to the "Evolution of Oil and Gas Technologies: Learning the Past, Unlocking the Future" and was held under the motto "The further back you can look, the further forward you are likely to see" by Winston Churchill.

The discussion was led by leaders and experts from major oil and gas producing and service companies, research centers, including Vyacheslav Kulagin, Institute for Energy Studies; Olivier Houzé, KAPPA; Mars Khasanov, Gazprom Neft; Artem Karapetov, Schlumberger; Eric Strand Tellefsen, Equinor; Shauna Noonan, Occidental Petroleum, 2020 SPE President; Tommy Kassem, BHGE Russia Caspian.

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During the discussion participants and attendees:

  • Identified the global trends of digitalisation
  • Heard the latest "success stories" in the field of production and technological process automation
  • Discussed advanced technologies and potential directions for industry development
  • Reflected on the industries development forecasts made 25 years ago and the current realities

"At this event you you can find information, meet interesting people and listen to challenging presentations covering a the full range of interests. It will always be the central conference among all workshops and conferences for at least a year." Mikhail Samoilov, RN-TSEPiTR

After the panel session, the SPE Regional Awards ceremony took place, during which Shauna Noonan, 2020 SPE President, and Aizhana Jussupbekova, SPE Regional Director for Russia and the Caspian Region, acknowledged industry experts for their professional achievements, outstanding contributions to the development of the industry and SPE support. The SPE corporate award was granted to Tatneft.

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This year SPE launched a new format of an event, "Ask the Expert", where attendees were able to ask questions to the world distinguished industry experts. 


Martin Rylance, BP Russia. Ask the expert

The invited experts were:

·    Martin Rylance, Regional VP Wells, BP Russia. Martin presented a report on "Proppant When, Where and Why?" and the main purpose of this presentation was to identify the value of the use of proppant and it’s associated conductivity.

·    Richard Tarran, Executive Coach and Human Factors Expert, Mission Performance, shared with attendees on how to optimise reliability, risk and compliance through Human Factors leadership. Richard gave the attendees great insights into:

  • What the key Human Factors are
  • How and why they matter to improving safety and reliability in the industry
  • How to train people in key roles in Human Factors within a modern, sustainable way and to create a 'safety culture'
  • What other industries do are currently implementing this approach

·     Alexander Shandrygin, Head of Department, Field Development Engineering Center, Gazprom Geologorazvedka, informed delegates about chemical flooding and its past, present, and future. During this lecture several very important aspects of chemical flooding were considered:

  • The main reasons for progress and stagnation of chemical EOR in past
  • Currents state of chemical flooding art
  • The main possible direction of chemical EOR development in the near future


SPE organised the round tables where they gathered attendees from one professional area, who are interested in discussing a particular topic and who are experts in the discussed issues.

Low-Permeability Rocks in Oil Source Beds: Evaluation of Resource Potential and Development Approaches. 

Within the discussion, participants covered the following aspects:
  • Geological structure and regularities of oil-bearing capacity in low-permeability rocks of oil source beds
  • Hallmarks of hydrocarbon raw materials evaluation and classification of low permeability rocks in oil source beds
  • Application of temporary procedure manual on reserves evaluation in fractured and porous fractured reservoirs of Bazhen formation in Western Siberia and other issues.

Modern Capabilities of Geophysical Methods

During this round table, the group of experts discussed opportunities of modern geophysical methods and goals for petroleum geology and development.

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Big Data and Machine Learning in Oil and Gas Industry
During this round table, delegates discussed the following problems:

  • One-Shot Learning – self-learning image recognition algorithms at the first try and identifying a learning curve for machine learning within the oil and gas industry
  • Surrogate Modelling
  • Inverse solution through machine learning and other questions

"The annual SPE conference which traditionally takes place in October in Russia, is the largest professional platform that gathers specialists and experts in field development. Every year a tremendous number of people come here, because it is the only place where every year you can meet industry experts, not only from all over the country ... but also from abroad", Diana Shigapova, Roxar.

Smart Field—Main Trends, Systems, Concepts and Companies Operating Experience
The main goal of this round table was to offer the floor to operating companies to share their experiences and discuss approaches.

Topics for discussion included:

  • Smart Field as an instrument for business process transformation within an oil and gas company. The discussion will include limitations, risks (volume of investments, Big Data analysis cost, cybersecurity) and complexities involved.
  • Case Studies: approach, data classification and integration, application results and efficiency
  • In-house technology development for Smart Field concept implementation 

Lost Circulation—Prevention and Remediation. From Design to Implementation

During this round table, delegates reviewed and discussed opinions of operators, engineering and service companies.

Among the topics for discussion were:

  • Lost circulation mechanisms and remediation solutions
  • Project solutions applicability and timing for lost circulation control
  • Effectiveness criteria and other topics.

Brownfields vs Greenfields: Balance as a Driver for Sustainable Development

During this round table, the participants discussed the following topics:
  • Basic expectations, problems and development tasks of Brownfields
  • Geological and technological risks of the Greenfields' development
  • Identify the balance of Brownfields vs Greenfields

    In addition to the conference, the SPE Russia and Caspian Regional Student Paper Contest also commenced for students. In total, 26 students competed for the 1st place in their divisions – Bachelors, Masters and PhD Students. 

We are pleased to announce the winners who will represent the region at the International Student Paper Contest alongside the 2020 ATCE in Denver, USA:

  • Bachelors: Serafim Grubas, Novosibirsk State University
  • Masters: Damir Karimov, Nazarbayev University
  • PhD Students: Kirill Goridko, Gubkin University 

SPE kindly thank the support of the programme committee, sponsors and SPE members including BP, Roxar, Gazprom Neft, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Schlumberger, IBM, LUKOIL, Tatneft, GeoSplit, Equinor, Chevron, Rock Flow Dynamics, INK, KAPPA and AKROS

In addition, we would also like to thank students from Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas and Lomonosov Moscow State University SPE Students Chapters who voluntarily helped SPE run this successful conference.

For any queries or to request photographs for the 2019 SPE Russian Petroleum Technology Conference, please contact Lilia Khalmuradova.


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Lilia Khalmuradova
Marketing Specialist

[1] According to the 2018 Energy Providers Rating.