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Spotlight Technology Trends At Russian Oil And Gas

Russia's technical forum for the global oil and gas industry will highlight advances in technology impacting the entire international upstream sector. There are just two weeks to go until several thousand attendees gather at SPE Russian Oil and Gas to discuss the latest technology developments in the Exploration & Production markets.

The SPE Russian Oil and Gas Technical Conference & Exhibition has daily plenary sessions and a fantastic range of peer-reviewed papers being presented in 19 technical sessions. With so many sessions featuring key technologies and trends emerging in Russia, the Chairman of the event's Conference Programme Committee has flagged up the main topics of discussion to help visitors plan their schedules.

Chairman Adil Mukhitov of Schlumberger has highlighted the main criteria for the papers to be presented as being innovation and applicability to existing technical challenges, as well as the potential economic efficiency of the use of proposed innovations for subsoil users. The success of the call for papers, and their quality, persuaded the committee to add in extra sessions, with an outstanding 19 technical sessions to be held featuring 168 oral and poster presentations.

Technical subjects that Mr Mukhitov highlighted in the programme include Drilling, Reservoir Engineering, Geology and Geophysics, Production Enhancement, Remote Operations, Production Monitoring, Fluid Mechanisms, Reservoir Monitoring, Production Operations, Gas Technology, Completions, Reservoir Modelling, Flow Assurance, Mature Fields, Information Technology and Emerging Technologies.

Strong drilling culture in Russian oil and gas industry

The topic of Drilling is featured in two separate sessions, which Mr Mukhitov pointed out was a "good reflection of the strong drilling culture in the Russian oil and gas industry". The sessions will feature presentations including case studies focusing on an offshore field operated by Rosneft, and an onshore field in Western Siberia operated by TNK-BP. There will also be several other presentations about the latest drilling technologies, one of which will focus interestingly on feasibility studies into combining drilling with casing and expandable casing.

He also picked out a Multidisciplinary session added to the programme that has "uniquely interesting papers". One will cover the experience of remote operation initiatives how to manage operations thousands of kilometres away, and what benefits it brought to Italian operator ENI. A second presentation will share the experience in the preparation of young Russian petroleum professionals in a global context. The paper will describe how such programmes were developed to meet specific local needs in a global context. Others will focus on the area of production monitoring experience in Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Another subject that warranted two separate sessions was that of Completions, which the chairman described as "a good indicator of the relevance of the topic, particularly fracturing, for the Russian oil and gas industry". This will feature amongst others a fascinating paper on the evolution of hydraulic fracturing in Russia.

Last but not least, Mr Mukhitov said the session on Emerging Technology "would combine a broad spectrum of papers. It covers subjects ranging from the use of new technology on the Sakhalin II project to risk minimisation on a Siberian project with major reservoir uncertainties. Another presentation will talk about the design of a new Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) system for the Sakhalin-V project, followed by a presentation about pilot cyclic steam stimulations in low- permeability heavy oil carbonates."

Aside from the technical programme, there will also be plenary sessions each day featuring top level speakers. The Day 1 Plenary Session is entitled 'The Russian Oil and Gas Industry and its Role in the Global Energy Market', while Day 2's theme is 'The Role of Technology Today and Tomorrow', with the final day's Plenary Session entitled 'Young Professionals and their Training - Realising Their Talent Today and Tomorrow'.

The SPE Russian Oil and Gas event will be held from 28-30th October 2008 at the All-Russia Exhibition Centre, close to the centre of Moscow. 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.

Participating organisations this year on the show floor include 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 pavilions from China and Norway.

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 Scotland, Intelligent Energy in The Netherlands, and Indian Oil & Gas in Mumbai.



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