The final of the third Gazprom Neft “Developing Talent” oil-and-gas-themed inter-regional student tournament has been held in St Petersburg, with the best teams from those regions in which the company operates taking part. A record number of participants registered for the tournament in 2017 — almost 2,400 students.
Winners were divided into two divisions, junior (classes 8 to 9) and senior (classes 10 to 11).
- 1st place — the Cyber Geeks, Tomsk.
- 2nd place — team Electron, St Petersburg.
- 3rd place — team Going All Out, Moscow.
- 1st place — team BAM, Tomsk.
- 2nd place — the Gymnasium 171 team, St Petersburg.
- 3rd place — team “Morgengrauen”, Moscow.
The “spectators’ favourites” prizes went to the “Tree of Life” team from St Petersburg, and team “Benzine” from Tyumen.
The tournament involved the students undertaking research in oil production and refining, and defending this in front of a jury made up of representatives from various Gazprom Neft businesses, with these exercises, developed by company specialists, involving genuine tasks addressed every day by industry specialists.
In addition to this, the programme for the final included training on personal effectiveness and trips to specialist higher educational establishments in St Petersburg (the St Petersburg Mining University and the Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University (Polytech)), graduates of which are now working at Gazprom Neft.
The tournament gained a new partner in 2017 — the Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University (Polytech), with finalists in the senior division receiving a certificate guaranteeing extra credit on being accepted for a technical subject within that establishment.
The objective of the tournament is to support talented young people showing the ability to realise their intellectual potential, regardless of the region in which they live or their knowledge of the profession, and to increase interest in those engineering specialities of most immediate interest to the oil and gas industry. The project is being implemented as part of the Gazprom Neft “Home Town” corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme.
Mars Khasanov, Gazprom Neft’s Head of Technology and Head of the Gazprom Neft Scientific and Technology Centre, commented: “Our industry today demands not just the most innovative solutions, but also people able to develop them. Engineering specialisms are in increasing demand, which is why we are endeavouring to engage talented young people’s interest in them, to subsequently nurture these into employees able to take the industry forward to new achievements.”
* Tournament participants included students from St Petersburg, several districts of Moscow, Tyumen, Noyabrsk, Muravlenko, Khanty-Mansiysk, Tomsk, Omsk, Orenburg, Mys Kammeny and Novy Port, two settlements on the Yamal Peninsula.
** Gazprom Neft, as one of Russia’s oil and gas industry leaders, is committed to working towards high-technology production solutions, and is involved in training specialists in a wide range of areas — including geologists, mathematicians, physicists, chemists, and many others able to provide analytical, methodological, scientific and technical support for exploration, production and oil refining operations. The company collaborates with leading higher educational institutions in training its personnel, and implements a range of initiatives directed at improving educational opportunities for talented young people throughout the regions.
As part of its “Home Towns” corporate social responsibility (CSR) project Gazprom Neft, together with the Chebushev Laboratory at St Petersburg State University, is implementing a Russia-wide project, “Mathematical Progression”, to support mathematically gifted high-school graduates. The programme’s portfolio includes initiatives to popularise science among the younger generation, equipping specialist and technical class facilities, and education in energy efficiency.