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Russian Oil And Gas: Major Russian Players Line Up For The Main Event

Major players from Russia's oil and gas industry will gather at the country's energy event next month to tackle crucial issues and technology trends impacting the upstream sector both today and in the future. The inaugural SPE Russian Oil and Gas event in 2006 created a huge groundswell of interest, with more than 2,500 delegates, trade visitors and exhibitors attending. The first event's success led the organiser Reed Exhibitions to increase the available exhibition space by 50% to meet demand. The second event will be held from 28-30th October 2008 at the All-Russia Exhibition Center, close to the centre of Moscow.

This will include discussions focusing on flagship projects such as the world-class Shtokman field development in the Russian arctic sector of the Barents Sea, as well as plenary sessions focusing on key subjects directly influencing Russia's energy strategy. The SPE Russian Oil & Gas Technical Conference & Exhibition has a reputation for delivering participants and topics of the highest quality.

This year's event will feature organisations including RITEK, Rosneft, Tatneft, TNK-BP, Salym Petroleum Development, Chevron, ExxonMobil, StatoilHydro, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, Halliburton, Weatherford, Paradigm, Welltec, Swellfix and SBM Offshore. The exhibition will cover some 2, 300sq metres and also include country pavillions from China and Norway.

The theme for this year's conference is: 'Technology for Today and Tomorrow', with the Plenary Session topics to focus on the following themes Day 1: The Russian Oil and Gas Industry and its Role in the Global Energy Market; Day 2: The Role of Technology Today and Tomorrow; Day 3: Young Professionals and their Training - Realising Their Talent Today and Tomorrow.

The Chairman of the Conference Programme Committee is Adil Mukhitov, Schlumberger. He said the committee had received a "fantastic response" to its call for abstracts, receiving 689 in total. "The main criteria for selection were innovation and applicability to existing technical challenges. Another important criterion was the potential economic efficiency of the use of proposed innovations for subsoil users. As a result the programme now includes papers from specialists from over 65 companies representing 26 countries around the world."

'Technology For Today And Tomorrow'
He continued: "The theme 'Technology for Today and Tomorrow' will set the stage for discussion about what the challenges are for the industry today - how we are tackling these in our daily activities, what we see in the future and how we are preparing for these today. This will include the challenges of today and the future, such as the following: new frontiers such as extreme Arctic and ultra-deepwater; attracting and further development of human capital; and exploring, developing and producing complex and deep reservoirs. Today, the Russian oil and gas industry is facing these challenges and the conference will provide a great opportunity to share the successes and experiences between professionals."

Confirmed speakers for the first plenary session will be Thane Gustafson, Senior Director, Russian & Caspian Research, CERA; Yury A. Podturkin, General Director, State Commission of Reserves; and Anatoliy M. Brekhuntsov, General Director, SibNAC. The Day 2 session will be moderated by Maurice Dijols, President, Schlumberger Russia, and feature speakers Mars M. Khasanov, Director for Science at Rosneft; Nikolai N. Lisovskiy, Chairman of the Central Committee of Field Development Planning at the Ministry of Natural Resources; Richard Herbert, EVP Technology at TNK-BP and Douglas Meikle, Vice President, Europe-Eurasia for Halliburton. Speaking at the third plenary session will be Professor Viktor G. Martinov, First Prorector at the Gubkin Russian State Oil and Gas University; Andrey Dmitriev, Deputy Director Innovation Projects for Preparation of Young Specialists in Oil & Gas in TSPPC ND TPU, and Vladimir N. Surtaev, specialist of Rosneft.

A special Closing Session on Day 3 will also feature respected industry speakers such as Maurice Dijols, President, Schlumberger Russia; Dr Mars M Khasanov, Director for Science at Rosneft; and the Conference Programme Chairman, Mr Mukhitov.

The Topical Luncheon addressing the Shtokman Field will be held on Wednesday, 29th October and feature a presentation by Mr Herve Madeo, First Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Shtokman Development.

Vasyl Zhygalo, Exhibition Director at Reed Exhibitions, commented: "I am delighted with the level of support from our Sponsors and Exhibitors for this year's conference and exhibition. With over 80% of exhibition space sold and pre-registration running 400% above our event in 2006 at the same stage I am convinced that the Russian E&P market will benefit from the enthusiastic highly motivated debate at the conference and the well-developed exhibition."

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to experience the latest technology and solutions available for projects in Russia as well as internationally. The 2008 conference will be conducted using simultaneous translation, with CD Roms of all papers to be produced for the delegates in both Russian and English. The event is organised by Reed Exhibitions and its partner the Society of Petroleum Engineers who jointly organise other major upstream shows including Offshore Europe in Aberdeen, Intelligent Energy in Amsterdam, and Indian Oil & Gas in Mumbai.



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