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Gazprom Neft’s investments in joint research, development and engineering initiatives with Russian universities increase 2.5-fold

Gazprom Neft’s investments in joint research, development and engineering activities with universities and higher educational institutions stood at more than RUB750 billion in 2019, a 2.5-fold increase on 2018 — the company’s expansion of its research infrastructure being an important element in its engagement with universities and research institutions here.

2019 saw a new-materials computer design laboratory opened at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, supported by the Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Centre. This laboratory is developing breakthrough methodologies for predicting the properties of new materials, including their magnetic, thermoelectric and super-conductive properties. A branch of the Bazhenov Technology Centre was also opened at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, dedicated to developing enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methodologies for the Bazhenov Formation.

As part of its work on projects involving artificial intelligence (AI) the company was one of the founders of the “AI in Industry” science and education centre, collaborating in this area with the country’s leading universities (ITMO University, St Petersburg Electrotechnical University, the St Petersburg campus of the Higher School of Economics, the State University of Aerospace Automation, St Petersburg State University, and the Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University (Polytech)). The centre will also be developing solutions in automation and AI as part of the national “Digital Economy” project. The company will also be involved in developing a training programme in AI for teachers, postgraduates and university students in as part of the AI-Russia Alliance, together with Yandex, Mail.ru Group, Sberbank, MTS and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF).

Gazprom Neft, the Government of the Tyumen Oblast, and Tyumen State University have agreed to establish a world-class science and education centre as part of the national “Nayuka (Science)” project. Gazprom Neft Science and Education Centres were also established at ITMO University and Novosibirsk State University last year. In cooperation with universities in Tyumen, Gazprom Neft has launched an inter-university educational project, “INkorporatia (INcorporation)” where, under the guidance of specialists at Gazprom Neft’s Science and Technology Centre, teams of students will work on their graduation projects using data from Gazprom Neft fields. The company has undertaken approximately 100 research projects (with a total value f RU1.9 billion) in cooperation with various scientific organisations — almost twice as much as in the preceding year.

As part of its innovation-development programme, Gazprom Neft continues to develop support for education, investing in educational programmes, specialist undergraduate departments, and further professional training programmes for its employees. The company continues to recruit talented young professionals, strengthening its talent pool — something confirmed by its consistently high performance in student rankings of the most appealing employers. More than 1,500 university students completed placements at the company last year, with more than 400 hired after graduation — a 1.5-fold increase on 2018.

“Developing scientific cooperation with Russian universities is a priority for Gazprom Neft. We are pursuing this across several platforms, the most important of which are our own Corporate University and the company’s Science and Technology Centre. Major business investments, on the one hand, mean we can proactively pursue ground-breaking research projects and give young academics the opportunity to use new solutions, in practice — while the company, on the other hand, gets access to such new solutions. Digital research, developments in AI, and ‘Big Data’ analytics are all front of mind for Gazprom Neft, and we are focussing on building major inter-university — and even cross-sector — alliances here.”
Kirill Kravchenko
Kirill Kravchenko Deputy CEO for Administrative Affairs, Gazprom Neft