September 2015 will see the opening of a new specialist Gazprom Neft-supported faculty — Technologies for Enhanced Oil Recovery in Tight Reserves, a two-year master’s programme for specialists in the field — open at the Gubkin Russian State Oil and Gas University. Establishment of the faculty forms part of a wider partnership agreement on technological collaboration in unconventional reserves concluded between Gazprom Neft and the Gubkin Russian State Oil and Gas University in 2014.
Selection for entry will be made on a competitive basis, among students and graduates (holding a bachelor’s (first) degree or specialist diploma) from the Gubkin Russian State Oil and Gas University or higher educational establishments in Russia. Study during the first year of the course is expected to cover theoretical training, with the second involving practical experience at Gazprom Neft enterprises, as well as the writing of a thesis.
The new faculty will be based within the Department of Chemical Engineering, including lecturers and staff including experts from Gazprom Neft, headed by D.Eng.Sc. Kirill Strizhnev, responsible for leading Gazprom Neft’s work on unconventional reserves, including those at the Bazhenov formation.
Gazprom Neft First Deputy CEO Vadim Yakovlev commented: “The opening up of hard-to-recover and unconventional reserves has a major role to play in the development of the entire oil and gas sector — a role that can only increase with every passing year. The establishment of a specialist educational programme not only widens the skills and competencies of trained specialists, but also refines their knowledge and skills for practical application.”
Gazprom Neft is currently implementing several projects on the study of the Bazhenov formation — a unique geological stratum identified in the centre of Western Siberia, running to depths of 2,000–3,000 metres. While the stratum covers an area of approximately one million square kilometres, it is comparatively thin, with a thickness of only 10–40 metres. Optimistic estimates suggest that oil reserves at the Bazhenov reservoir could amount to as much as 100–170 billion tonnes in Western Siberia alone.
These reserves are currently classified as “unconventional”, with their development currently subject to the identification of optimum solutions for commercial development. In the course of its work in non-traditional reserves, Gazprom Neft is also actively involved in hard-to-recover reserves;* through the use of new technologies, the company plans to bring an additional 300 million tonnes of hard-to-recover reserves into production by 2020.
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