Gazprom EP International was the general partner of an international applied research conference entitled “Environmentally Safe Drilling Fluids as the Basis for the Sustainable Development of the Energy Sector” held at the Mining University of St. Petersburg. As the organizer’s representative, Head of the Drilling Department Prof. Mikhail Dvoinikov pointed out that the conference sought to improve the development of oil and gas fields. This is achieved by deploying a system of integrated, highly intelligent solutions for well drilling and operation that use quality and eco-safe drilling fluids.
In her welcoming address, First Vicerector Prof. Natalia Pashkevich appreciated the many years of cooperation with Gazprom EP International. She stressed the importance of a dialog between businesses and university researchers highlighting that the conference hosted by Russia’s first technical university broadened the intellectual horizons of its undergraduates and postgraduates.
The conference featured the participation of drilling specialists from Gazprom EP International. Viacheslav Gorlovoi delivered a presentation on the use and disposal of drilling mud for well construction at protected areas in Bolivia. Deputy Chief Geologist at Gazprom EP International Algeria Mammar Bergheul told his colleagues how they use drilling muds in well construction in the Berkine Basin in Northern Africa.
A representative of the General Partner and Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee of the Conference, Roman Kuznetsov, Deputy Managing Director for Operations at Gazprom EP International, stressed in his address: “Our company attaches great importance to designing and taking actions to preserve the environment when drilling and making use of wells. A more efficient drilling (also waste disposal) and better resource management requires exchanging practical experiences in the use of novel, environmentally-friendly materials and chemicals for drilling and plugging. The audience has evinced keen interest in our employees’ presentations demonstrating what Gazprom EP International has achieved in Bolivia and Algeria,” he said.
Gazprom EP International is Gazprom's subsidiary specializing in upstream projects outside the Russian Federation. The company is currently involved in nearly 40 projects in 17 countries across three continents.
The Mining University of St. Petersburg hosts international ARCs on the matters of current interest relating to the petroleum business on a regular basis. The event was attended by 147 people from 18 organizations and seven universities. Among others, participants appreciated the presentations delivered by representatives of Khimburneft, SBM Service Center, Arctic Research Center, and Gazprom podzemremont Urengoy.