On 4 October, on the sidelines of the SPIGF, the winners of Young Vision Award were announced. Initiated by Gazprom EP International and Wintershall Dea on a parity basis, the contest was held for the 7th time. Over the years, it has gained recognition among students from all over, and brought together participants from 16 universities across the world, offering students to resolve topical issues of the gas industry.
This year, the Young Vision Award final received a new format: it shared the venue with GIF Award held under the auspices of the IBC. Both events take place every year and aim at revealing talents among students and young scientists, respectively. Being in the same space with their peers helped the contestants to engage in experience exchange and see new horizons for further development.
This year’s task for YVA put as ‘Digital Revolution – how would you like to work on an E&P project in the future’ had a great appeal among the students. Georgii Pushkarev and Ilya Sadilov, two students from the Gubkin University, became the winners of the contest with their project entitled ‘Smart Drilling Rig’. The paper expanded on the topic very closely related to hydrocarbon exploration, addressed the issue of capital expenses on the project and its compliance to the objectives of sustainable development under the UN standards.
The winners received their diplomas from Andrey Fick, Managing Director and CEO of Gazprom EP International, and Tilo Wiland, Board Member of Wintershall Dea, as well as invitations to complete the internship arranged by Gazprom International Training. In addition, the students will have an opportunity to publish articles on the project in two specialized magazines and, if project feasibility is confirmed by experts, they will receive additional financing for the further development of their project.
The student contest Young Vision Award is a joint social initiative of Wintershall Russland GmbH and Gazprom EP International B.V. The aim of the contest is to facilitate knowledge sharing between students and the expert community of Russia and Germany. The contest helps the companies to create an international communication platform for oil and gas exploration and production.
Annually, starting from 2013, Wintershall and Gazprom International have suggested an important problem for the industry and invited students to present their ideas for its resolution. A special attention is paid to environmental issues. The jury board includes industry professionals and is formed in view of a specific task. All applications are thoroughly reviewed and assessed. The winner is given an opportunity to complete his or her internship in one of the companies and get real life experience on the oil and gas field. Furthermore, the project undergoes evaluation by an independent international expert.