Gazprom Neft and the Nefteservisholding group of companies have committed to developing and implementing a technology cooperation programme, under a memorandum signed by Vadim Yakovlev, Deputy CEO for Exploration and Production, Gazprom Neft, and Sergey Suchok, CEO, Nefteservisholding.
Pursuant to that document Gazprom Neft will determine priorities for technological development, with its partner then providing the necessary selection of high-tech services. Those areas suggested for development include optimising well construction strategies, developing effective geological prospecting methods, automating technological processes, and improving safety. Establishing a digital ecosystem for cooperation, and widening the use of field-development integrated modelling tools are also envisaged. Gazprom Neft will consider the possibility of using Nefteservisholding’s digital solutions throughout its assets and involving its partner in the company’s “Asset of the Future” programme.*
Gazprom Neft and Nefteservisholding are currently involved in the successful development of their joint “Digital Drilling” project — the initial stage of which involved evaluating various technologies to optimise the production efficiency of “classic” rigs, with this search being undertaken across two key areas: directly increasing efficiency in the well-drilling process, and improving industrial safety. Six solutions, demonstrating maximum synergistic impacts, were selected from a wider pool of technologies, which have now been included in the project portfolio.
Pilot testing on building six wells using “Digital Drilling” was initiated at Gazpromneft-Noyabrskneftegaz assets in February 2019, with efficiency improvement targets being reached by the fifth well — resulting in six days being taken off standard well-construction lead-times, with no increase in costs.
Gazpromneft-Noyabrskneftegaz is now proceeding with the second phase of pilot testing. Once its potential has been confirmed the Digital Drilling project will be put forward for discussion by Gazprom Neft’s R&D Council and subsequently rolled out by the Gazpromneft-Nefteservis Business Operations Support Office.
The “ERA-Drilling” project — aimed at creating a single and cohesive digital ecosystem, and integrating all of the more than 29 existing local software products involved in the drilling process at Gazprom Neft assets — was launched in 2020. The plan is for all existing processes to be integrated into a single platform in the near future, with all links between various elements adjusted and brought together in a single interface. The first successful experience on this project was secured in partnership with Nefteservisholding, with whom a single drilling-process planning module has already been put in place, and which will significantly reduce lead-times in planning and approving work programmes.
“We have a long and consistent history of developing transparent and mutually beneficial relationships with our key partners, including contractors and service companies. After all, only together can we develop effectively, achieve ambitious goals and change standard industry approaches. One of the key areas for joint development is improving standards in technological advancement, safety, and automating production processes. As a client we are prepared to generate consistent demand for these services, and to create incentives for our partners to modernise the equipment they operate. This next step in collaboration with Nefteservisholding, in particular, opens up further scope for sharing experience and improving efficiency in building complex, high-tech wells.”Vadim Yakovlev Deputy CEO for Exploration and Production, Gazprom Neft
“Nefteservisholding values its collaboration with Gazprom Neft, and strives to meet the company’s standards. We are keen to offer Gazprom Neft innovative technologies and our own developments as part of our strategic partnership in addressing both standard operational and strategic tasks. We believe the most promising areas for cooperation to be digitising technological processes, and integrating and utilising high-tech products. Developing these areas, specifically, will make it possible to increase the value of the company’s assets.”Sergey Suchok CEO, Nefteservisholding LLC
Established in 2003, Nefteservisholding is a multidisciplinary structure providing services in oil and gas well drilling, well workovers and maintenance, geophysical investigations, servicing of surface and underground oilfield equipment, chemicalisation of oil production and transportation processes, heat and power supply, and transport services.
The holding company comprises seven enterprises, each based around a specific technological specialisation.
The company provides services to Gazprom Neft subsidiaries including Gazpromneft-Noyabrskneftegaz, Gazpromneft-Zapolyarye, Slavneft-Megionneftegaz, Gazpromneft-Vostok, Gazpromneft-Orenburg, and Gazpromneft-Khantos.
* The “Assets of the Future” project is an integrated organisational and digital-transformation programme for the Gazprom Neft Upstream Division’s business model, at every level — from production floor to corporate headquarters. The objective of this programme is to fine-tune the division’s efficiency improvement processes in order to achieve the company’s strategic goal: to become the industry benchmark in terms of operational performance by increasing labour productivity and reducing production costs.