III International Research-To-Practice Conference “Well Drilling in Challenging Conditions” was held on November 8–9 at the Saint Petersburg Mining University with the support of Gazprom International.
Roman Kuznetsov, Technical Director of Gazprom International, welcomed guests and participants of the research-to-practice conference: “Our Company places special emphasis on supporting educational initiatives. Such workshops are necessary for the development of scientific and technical ties between drillers of Russia and other countries, exchange of practical experience, stimulation of innovations and improvement of training of skilled personnel for oil and gas industry.”
The conference was attended by representatives of large specialized companies and research institutions from Russia, China, Germany and other countries. The academic community was represented by scientists from the Polar Research Center at Jilin University (China), and from a number of leading domestic universities. Over 50 reports were delivered in total. Roman Vadelov, the Deputy Head of Well Construction Division of Gazprom International, reported on well drilling in challenging conditions. He spoke about the unique experience of well drilling during the Company’s projects in Algeria, Bangladesh and Bolivia.
The conference became a platform for the development of scientific and technical ties between experts from Russia and other countries, exchange of relevant scientific information and practical experience. The Experts stressed the need for scientific support of research activities of companies, as well as improving the learning process of experts in the area of well drilling. This time, support from Gazprom International took the conference to the next level expanding its geography and attracting new participants.
The National Mineral Resources University “Gorny” is one of the leading and largest universities of the Russian Federation. This is the first mining university in Russia and the second one in the world (founded only 7 years after the Freiberg Mining Academy) established by the Decree of Empress Catherine II on 21 October (3 November according to the Julian calendar), 1773.
The university trains professionals for all mining, metallurgical and oil and gas industries, geological survey, industrial and civil construction in Russia and foreign countries. The Mining University is intensively researching major issues of developing national raw materials base, sustainable use of natural resources, and developing advanced energy-saving techniques for the production and processing of mineral resources.
Saint Petersburg Mining University is one of the 12 base universities of Gazprom PJSC.
Gazprom International, global upstream operator of Gazprom PJSC, places special emphasis on personnel training and development. One of the missions of Gazprom International in this area is the development and maintenance of unique personnel expertise to implement a project of any complexity anywhere in the world.
The company is actively involved in industry-specific conferences and educational events, supports experience exchange programmes, cultural, educational and scientific activities. Cooperation is ongoing continuously with the leading dedicated universities of Russia and Europe, academic and research internships are offered for students and graduates.