The fifth anniversary of the student contest Young Vision Award (YVA) was completed on 28 September 2017 at Tomsk Polytechnic University. The aim of this international contest is to involve students of the Russian and German Technical Universities in the search for innovative technological solutions for the oil and gas industry.
During the last five years, YVA has been conducted as a joint project between Gazprom International, a PJSC Gazprom’s subsidiary company specialized in upstream projects outside the Russian Federation, and Wintershall Russland GmbH, a subsidiary of the German oil and gas holding Wintershall that manages the assets in Russia.
This year, finalists from three universities – Kazan Federal University, Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria) and Tomsk Polytechnic University – presented their ideas for improving the efficiency of technology in the oil and gas industry avoiding negative impact on the environment and considering low oil prices.
According to the international jury’s decision, Eldar Urazov and Anzhelika Posvyashennaya, second-year students from Tomsk Polytechnic University’s Master’s degree program, have won the contest with their project “Pretreatment-free Monitoring of Tracers in Oil Field: Mobile Technology”. The practical component of the project comprises the development of the most effective and inexpensive express method of the analysis of tracers, indicators of many important physico-chemical processes in the well, that would allow analyzing their concentration directly in the field.
The jury has awarded students from Tomsk Polytechnic University for the second time already. The first winners of the contest were Olga Blokhina, Daria Rozhkova and Irina Hadkevich with their project “The Environmental Impact of Oil Extraction on the Arctic Shelf” in 2013.
This year, the contest’s international jury consisted of Thomas Trebst, Technical Director, Gazprom International Germany; Bernd Leonhardt, Head of Wintershall Technical Department; Jean-Jacques Royer, representative of the National Research Center at University of Lorraine, Nancy, France; and Domagoy Vulin, Zagreb University.
Commenting on the contest, Thomas Trebst primarily emphasized its practical meaning. According to him, the YVA finalists’ projects have real implementation in the industry. In 2013, the Tomsk students’ project was highly appreciated by BP, the British oil and gas corporation.
The winners of the anniversary contest were given an opportunity to complete an internship at Gazprom International and Wintershall and publish their project in the Oil & Gas Journal. In addition, they were invited to participate in the Russian-German Science Forum that will be held in Bonn on 19 October 2017.
Student contest Young Vision Award is a joint social project of Wintershall Russland GmbH and Gazprom EP International B.V. The aim of the contest is to facilitate knowledge sharing between students and expert communities of Russia and Germany. The contest helps to create an international communication basis in the field of oil and gas exploration and production.
Annually, starting from 2013, Wintershall and Gazprom International state an important problem for the industry. After that, students are invited to present their ideas for its solution. A special attention is devoted to the environment issues. The jury consists of the international-level experts depending on a contest task. All applications are thoroughly studied and estimated. The authors of the best three projects are invited to the final of the contest. The winner is given an opportunity to complete an internship in one of the two companies and find out more about the working process in the oil and gas field. Besides, the project undergoes the estimation of an independent international expert.