Gazprom Neft, the Government of the Tyumen Oblast and the All-Russia Oil and Gas Service Companies Association have entered into an agreement on developing a regional oil industry cluster, under a document signed by Alexander Dyukov, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft, Alexander Moor, Governor of the Tyumen Oblast, and Vladimir Borisov, President of the All-Russia Oil and Gas Service Companies Association.
The cluster will include 25 oilfield services and industrial enterprises, as well as a number of banks, technology parks and universities. Gazprom Neft and its subsidiaries operating in the Tyumen Region will act as coordinators on joint projects. In conjunction with the company’s Science and Technology Centre, key areas have been identified: developing new hydrocarbon production technologies, import substitution of equipment and materials, the digitalisation of technological processes, and training and developing personnel at participating organisations.
Projects associated with the cluster will be implemented in cooperation with an inter-regional science and education centre to be established by Gazprom Neft, the Government of the Tyumen Oblast and Tyumen State University as agreed at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum in June 2019 — the various parties’ cooperation in the region making possible full-cycle technological development from R&D through to full-scale commercial production and implementation. Innovations are expected to be used at Gazprom Neft assets in well drilling and downhole investigations, in enhancing oil recovery, and in developing digital twins of fields.
Alexander Dyukov, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft, commented: “Gazprom Neft’s development strategy to 2030 sets the company the goal of becoming the industry leader in technology. To which end we are developing a system within Russia that will bring domestic companies’ together in combining their intellectual capacity and production potential. A major new oil production cluster in Tyumen will form part of that system, facilitating the development of those technologies of most immediate need to businesses and in demand on both the Russian and international markets.”Alexander Dyukov CEO and Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft
Alexander Moor, Governor of the Tyumen Oblast, commented: “Gazprom Neft is a strategic partner to the Tyumen Oblast. The regional government initiated this agreement on establishing an oil-production cluster, which will bring together businesses from various regions of the country in addressing common technological goals — the main objective of this being the social and economic development of those regions involved in the project. Gazprom Neft’s competencies, and the level at which it has set these various tasks, are facilitating enterprises’ technological re-tooling, allowing them to adopt the latest approaches to scientific and technological development, and raise their own standards in line with the demands of oil-industry clients. We already have 21 projects on which all companies involved in the cluster are currently working. They will also have the opportunity to receive Federal financial support.”Alexander Moor Governor of the Tyumen Oblast
Established jointly by the company, the Tyumen Oblast and the Tyumen State University, the Science and Education Centre will be one of 15 such world-class science and education centres established throughout Russia’s regions under the Federal “Science” project. This initiative will combine Gazprom Neft’s scientific potential with that of higher educational establishments and research centres in the Tyumen Oblast and those parts of the Khanty-Mansiysky and Tamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrugs that form part of it. Joint R&D projects will be undertaken through the centre, technologies developed and oil and gas industry personnel trained.
Gazprom Neft has also begun developing its innovative “Geosphere” research centre in Tyumen, intended to become a specialist centre in managing the company’s geological research activities.
Tyumen is also home to a branch of the Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Centre, as well as offices for company businesses operating within the Tyumen Oblast.
The company is also involved in developing training programmes for future specialists for the oil and gas industry in collaboration with Tyumen State University and Tyumen Industrial University.