Gazprom Neft and the Moscow School of Management, SKOLKOVO, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) confirming their interest in collectively developing research under technological partnerships. Signatories to the document, signed at this year’s St Petersburg International Economic Forum, were Vadim Yakovlev, First Deputy CEO, Gazprom Neft, and Marat Atnashev, Rector, Moscow School of Management, SKOLKOVO.
The parties have agreed to collaborate in organising infrastructural initiatives and integrated methodological and specialist support for own respective educational and research projects on technological partnerships, with both companies’ resources being brought to bear in developing human capital by improving managerial skills and competencies, and by developing skills in technological partnerships. The parties also plan to undertake joint research initiatives and produce analytical materials and reports on developing technological partnerships among oil-industry players. To which end, a conference, the second “Oil Dialogue: Technological Partnerships in the Russian Oil Industry” is to be held at the Moscow School of Management, SKOLKOVO.
Vadim Yakovlev, First Deputy CEO, Gazprom Neft, commented: “Gazprom Neft pays considerable attention to developing new technologies in order to improve its business efficiency, including by supporting the development of technological partnerships. We see this project as one of the major discussion forums in fuel and energy, and look forward to our cooperation with SKOLKOVO under the signed Memorandum giving new impetus to technological cooperation in the oil industry.”
The two-day “Oil Dialogue” forum, organised by the SKOLKOVO Energy Centre, will include discussions on organising technological partnerships and identifying the technological interests, competencies, and challenges faced by companies in the oil industry, and integrating these into a single forum or platform. As a result of this event, effective formats for stakeholder cooperation in developing technologies will be identified (leading to lower transaction costs in partnerships), and recommendations made to government on improving regulation in this area.
Marat Atnashev, Rector, Moscow School of Management, SKOLKOVO, said: “Last year, companies identified technological challenges as the most serious they faced. On which basis, the necessity of technological cooperation is growing: no company is capable of developing all of the available new technologies alone. Which is precisely why we are holding our ‘Dialogue ’ conferences — in order to understand the development trajectory, going forward.”
* The SKOLKOVO Energy Centre is an ideal platform for regular interaction between power companies, experts and government authorities to discuss the strategic outlook for the sector’s development. This format includes, among other things, the main focus of the SKOLKOVO “Oil Dialogue”, allowing the most relevant stakeholders to come together for in-depth professional discussions on various aspects of energy development. The meetings are usually held “behind closed doors”, and discussions carried out under Chatham House Rules, which is common practice for leading global expert discussion panels (participants can report on information disclosed during a meeting, but the source of the information must not be explicitly or implicitly identified). This encourages highly efficient communication during discussions of fundamentally important issues for the industry.
Gazprom Neft is a vertically integrated oil company, primarily involved in oil and gas exploration and production, refining, and the production and sale of oil products. Gazprom Neft’s corporate structure comprises more than 70 production, refining and sales subsidiaries throughout Russia, the CIS, and abroad.
The company’s proved and probable reserves (SPE-PRMS) are estimated at 2.78 billion tonnes of oil equivalent (btoe), making Gazprom Neft one of the top-20 largest oil and gas companies in the world, and one of Russia’s top three largest companies in terms of production and refining volumes. Total production in 2017 reached 89.75 million tonnes of oil equivalent (mtoe), with refining volumes of 40.1 million tonnes.
Gazprom Neft products are exported to more than 50 countries worldwide, and sold throughout the Russian Federation and abroad. The company’s filling station network totals more than 1,850 outlets throughout Russia, the CIS and Europe.
Founded in 2006 at the initiative of the business community, the Moscow School of Management, SKOLKOVO, is one of the leading private business schools in Russia and the CIS. The school’s founding partners include eight Russian and international companies, and 11 private individuals, all Russian business leaders. The business school was founded by Russian entrepreneurs — patrons and founders of major companies from across the main industries of the Russian economy. The Moscow School of Management, SKOLKOVO offers a range of programs dedicated to the development of businesses across all stages of their growth — from a start-up to a mature large corporation with international branches. Research centres and departments operating within the school are involved in studying the most immediate problems facing various sectors of the economy, undertake consulting services, develop educational programmes, and contribute to driving the intellectual agenda of the school as a whole.