Regional Director

Regional Director 2021-2023
Ignatiy Volnov

Subsurface Manager – Deputy Head of Department, Coordination Overseas Activity Center, PJSC “LUKOIL”

SPE member since 2004

The founder of the SPE Tashkent Section, Programme Director of the SPE Tashkent Section (2014-2018).

Chairman of the Atyrau Section (2018-2019) Ph.D. in engineering, author of more than 50 scientific and technical papers, project documents, patents and the “Oil well stimulation” textbook.

Ignatiy is a petroleum engineer, scientist and expert in the field of development and modelling of carbonate reservoirs in various regions (Republic of Udmurtia, Western Siberia, Kuznetsk basin, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Iraq, USA) with more than 15 years of experience.

4 May 2020
Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to welcome all of you, engineers, scientists, managers, geologists, students, and teachers. Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is the largest professional community in our industry in the world. The objective and mission of the Society are inextricably linked with the development of the oil and gas industry to meet the energy needs of society in a safe and environmentally responsible way. SPE is a unique platform to share experience, knowledge, and best practices that bring together oil and gas and service companies, various institutes, and academic institutions.

SPE Russia and the Caspian region includes Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Belarus, and Turkmenistan and shares much in terms of language, mentality, culture, history, experience, the organization of knowledge, science, and technical approaches. Our region is one of the largest in terms of both oil production and territory. In the current context of instability, limitations, and other challenges society and the industry need more than ever a stable platform that will be guided by the principles of mutual respect, openness, and cooperation to develop communication, knowledge, experience, and approaches regardless of the conditions and geopolitical situation. The engineering approach corresponds to an open-minded, essential, objective, and honest view that defines and unites us.

As an engineer, scientist, manager, and volunteer, I am proud of my profession and my involvement in this distinguished occupation and vocation. I am proud of the industry achievements of each country in our region, in some of which I have had the opportunity to work, practice the engineering approach, and live in. These are Russia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. We share a common vision of honesty, curiosity, and objectivity – qualities particularly valued by engineers all over the world, and especially in the countries of our region.
SPE joins together more than 153,000 members worldwide who participate in more than 200 professional sections and 400 student chapters in 15 SPE regions.

Russia and the Caspian Region is the youngest emerging region. Professional membership in our region exceeds 3,000 members and represents slightly less than 4% of the total professional membership, while student membership in the region counts more than 7,000 members which is almost 11% of the total amount of student members in the world.

There are 26 professional and 36 student sections in our region that conduct their own events alongside SPE International conferences and seminars. The main challenge for us is to increase outreach by supporting a knowledge-sharing culture and increasing the number of activities and resources for our members.

You will be able to know more about SPE and about the upcoming events of the Society, to find out if there is an SPE section in your city and who their members are, check the interesting publications in online library OnePetro® and in the industry educational portal PetroWiki, both in Russian and in English. You may participate in interesting webinars and discuss the latest developments in your field with colleagues from any other place in the world. I urge each of you to use these wonderful resources for the benefit of your company and the region you work in because the development and well-being of our countries are up to us, the engineers. I encourage you to share knowledge and to learn, develop and act so that the vocation of “engineer” evokes the delight of our children and is associated with progress and the responsible attitude to production, environment, and industrial safety of each of us. We take a responsible attitude not only to work but also to our families, we want each of us to go on duty or to the office and return home unharmed. We understand that the work of an oilman is complex and involves many dangerous factors, so we pay special attention to industrial safety, which is a very important part of SPE. The engineer’s code of conduct should include the concepts of volunteering, responsibility, transparency, honesty, and objectivity which create ideal conditions for the development. The culture of volunteerism led to the creation of a breathtaking SPE and can make a difference to the industry and to us as well.

Young professionals and students are an important part of S PE, as they are carrying everything new, energy, and ideas. The modern student is like a flame that needs to be lit. This is what the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is going to do because we understand that students are our future. While mentoring the younger people, I have realized that not only students learn from me, but I learn from them too. I believe we are all an endless source of learning. For this reason, I would encourage all of you to share the knowledge with each other and bring in the expertise and experience from around the world using SPE sources.

In the near future, we will face up new directions and challenges we have to deal with. Such trends as digitalisation, automation and IT would enhance the engineering solutions value. We should encourage people to become SPE members, support their development and contribution to the knowledge pool using SPE resources and a culture of continuous learning together. These days geopolitical features and complex epidemiological situations cause instability in world markets. We will change our topics to more interesting ones, increase the amount of professional and student activities and implement new opportunities, new event formats to meet current requirements. We realize that the industry has become multifaceted and that the hard-to-recover reserves and reservoirs with complex structure and properties are becoming increasingly important. The depletion of conventional resources forces us to search for innovative solutions to develop oil and gas shale reserves, Achimov deposits, complex carbonate reservoirs, and other attractive resources. At the same time, renewable energy is becoming very interesting every year, compensating high prices, and it shall not be excluded from our sight.

Global Energy, and oil and gas as its most important part, is considered as a driver of regions’ and countries’ development in the current global environment. We see that global energy supply increases each year and we should respond to the industry and market providing a comfortable platform for communication and knowledge-sharing. We see various challenges, which we need to overcome, and we realize the fact that such global challenges are partly compensated with the positive dynamics of the industry, and resource redistribution between different areas of expertise. At the same time, we understand that the challenges we face become more interesting and complex from year to year. Our contribution means a lot to Society, industry, and the world. Together we can make a difference, being an open society for the development of our knowledge and skills, keeping ourselves completely professional, we are already doing a lot for the industry. For this reason, I appeal to each SPE member to use SPE resources for your company, industry, and global society benefits.

Ignatiy Volnov
2021-2023 SPE Regional Director for Russia and the Caspian Region

Regional Director 2018-2020
Aizhana Dzhusupbekova

SPE member since 2006.

Works in NCOC, ExxonMobil in Kazakhstan.

Co-founder of Astana section, programme chair (2013-2014).

Served as a co-chair of the SPE Annual Caspian Technical Conference and Exhibition Programme committee in 2014 and its chairperson in 2016.

18 April 2018
SPE Strategic Plan Announcement

Dear Colleagues,

Let me introduce to you the new SPE Strategic Plan. During the discussion on strategic priorities of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) the Board of Directors made a decision on updating the Strategic Plan of SPE in 2017. Revision and update of the development strategy are deemed to be the best practice of any respected organization.

In the course of the discussions on updating the Strategic Plan all aspects of the Plan have been addressed, including Mission, Vision and Strategic Priorities. Since the Mission of SPE represents a fundamental value of the organization since its inception 60 years ago, the Board of Directors made a decision that the Mission of SPE is relevant now and should stay the same at least for the next 5 years.

{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.}

The Vision of SPE, however, has been modified to reflect the current status of SPE and the industry overall.

{2013: Enable the global oil and gas E&P industry to share technical knowledge needed to meet the world’s energy needs in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

2017: Advance the oil and gas community’s ability to meet the world’s energy demands in a safe, environmentally responsible, and sustainable manner.}

Strategic Priorities have also been modified to reflect the current industry status and future outlook. The Strategic Priorities of 2018-2022 Strategic Plan are Life-Long Learning, Knowledge Transfer, Membership and Professional Pride.

The development of new advanced technologies significantly affects the efficiency of discovery and development of petroleum resources. Therefore, integration of SPE disciplines with others, like analytics, automation, digital data and other technical and non-technical disciplines is vital for more efficient development of the industry. Hence, broadening the scope of the SPE programs and collaboration with other organizations have been identified as parts of the Life-Learning Strategic Priority of SPE.

Globalization, development of mobile and internet technologies has led to increasing access and availability of information. Therefore, the leverage of online resources in knowledge transfer has been defined as a priority in the Strategic Plan.

SPE Members is an asset of the organization, as SPE exists because of volunteers devoting their time for development programs aimed to collect, disseminate and exchange technical knowledge among peers and the younger generation of SPE members. The industry employs specialists of a diverse set of disciplines; therefore SPE membership should reflect this situation. Besides “classic” SPE disciplines, usually called petroleum-related, engaging IT-specialists and others successfully functioning in the industry is a part of the Membership priority of the Strategic Plan. Also, special attention should be given to the improvement of the conversion rate of students to professional members.

The biggest progress that humanity achieved since its inception (that we know of) has happened within the last 100-150 years. This progress has been possible due to the development of affordable and efficient energy sources provided by the discovery and advancements of the oil and gas industry. Negative perceptions of the industry and irresponsible oil operations have been often popularized. However, social responsibility has become one of the core values of many oil companies. Therefore, advancements in human progress due to the development of the petroleum industry are easily accepted, however, the industry’s contribution to the progress is not promoted. This fact led to the necessity of including Professional Pride into the Strategic Plan to increase member understanding of the value to society of the oil and gas industry regionally and showcase industry contributions to sustainable development.

The new Strategic Plan has been developed for the next 5 years. It will be published at in the near future.

Aizhana Dzhusupbekova
2018-2020 SPE Regional Director for Russia and the Caspian Region

Regional Director 2015-2027
Anton Ablaev

Anton Ablaev, Regional Director for Russia and Caspian of Society of Petroleum Engineers. Currently, SPE is the biggest individual industry society in the world. It counts 164 000 members and around 9 000 members in Russia and the Caspian region.

Anton Ablaev currently Business Development Manager at Schlumberger, based in Moscow, Russia and SPE regional director for Russia and Caspian.

He has worked for Schlumberger since 2000 starting his career as a well construction engineer in Western Siberia, subsequently progressing through engineering, sales, and management positions within Russia, Turkmenistan and Norway.

Anton is an active SPE member, having been Section Chair for the Nizhnevartovsk Section in 2008-2009 also serves as the SPE Membership Director for Moscow Section since 2012. And currently, serve SPE as regional director for Russian and Caspian.  He is a member of the Program Committee for the biggest SPE conference in the region – SPE Russian Petroleum Technology Conference and Exhibition for  2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and served on many program committees at different SPE Workshops.

Anton received his MSc in Physics at Novosibirsk State University and holds a degree in Oil and Gas Industry from Gubkin Russian State University.

20 August 2014
Welcome Message

Dear colleagues,

I would like to sincerely greet and welcome you all on our bilingual Society of Petroleum Engineers Russian and Caspian website!

Our Society’s mission is to disseminate and exchange technical information concerning the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources for the benefit of people.

By visiting this website you will be able to know more about SPE, its upcoming events, to find out if there is an SPE Section in the place of your location and get publications around your area of interest both in English and Russian languages using such resources as online library OnePetro and E&P industry educational portal PetroWiki.

Today Russia and Caspian region countries take the leading position in oil and gas production. A lot of the modern technologies that are now being used in the oil and gas industry were developed and introduced namely in Russia and the Caspian region. For instance, Alexander Grigoryan drilled the world’s first horizontal and multilateral wells in 1941 and 1953, respectively; the first electrical submersible pump was developed by Armais Arutunov; Matvey Kapelushnikov invented the first in the world turbo drill, and that list goes on.

I believe that you may personally help our region to contribute to SPE new ideas, innovative technologies and projects that could help to effectively produce and use the world’s energy resources.

Anton Ablaev
SPE Regional Director for Russia and the Caspian Region