Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Center (Gazpromneft STC LLC) was established in October 2007. It offices in St-Petersburg and Tyumen, Russia. The STC employs more than 1,000 staff including five Professors, seven Doctors of Sciences, 75 Candidates of Sciences. The work of the Science and Technology Center is supervised by the Director of Gazprom Neft for Technology Development Alexei Vashkevich. The temporary acting Chief Executive Officer of Gazprom Neft’s Science and Technology Center is the Executive Director for Engineering and Functional Support of Geological Exploration and Resource Base Development Vadim Shashel.
Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Center is Russia’s only facility that collocates scientific research, development of oil production technologies and remote management of high-tech operation processes. The STC continuously trains Gazprom Neft’s personnel to use advanced oil production technologies and practices. In essence, the STC functions as a technology center, research institute and university at the same time. This integrated approach helps the STC shorten the path from research and development to implementation of commercial technologies and training personnel in their application.
One of the units of Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Center is a unique Drilling Management Center, GeoNavigator. Using advanced technologies and equipment, the Company can remotely manage drilling processes at all of its high-tech wells in Russia and abroad from the DMC located in St.-Petersburg. Such high-tech wells account for around 60% of the total number of wells drilled by Gazprom Neft every year. GeoNavigator operates 24/7, all year round, and is the only such center in Russia’s oil and gas industry that is capable of providing simultaneous geology, engineering and technology support to the high-tech wells building process.
The focus of Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Center is development of new technologies, engineering and expert evaluation of petroleum exploration and production projects, development of design documentation, analysis and monitoring of exploration and oil field development operations, geological and flow simulation modeling, technology support, and online drilling operations control.
Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Center Focal Areas
Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Center is the mastermind of Gazprom Neft's Technology Strategy and implements a number of projects covered by the Strategy. The STC’s key focal areas include the following:
- Planning and support of geological explorations;
- Technical and economic evaluation of petroleum assets;
- Formulation of integrated concepts for oilfield development and construction;
- R&D support of drilling and well intervention operations;
- Development of oil and gas production processes and technologies;
- Development of engineering techniques and standards;
- Development of IT solutions for engineering;
- Management of research efforts and R&D projects;
- Collection, updating and dissemination of experience and best practices.
The STC’s area of responsibility includes development and maintenance of corporate database containing oilfield geological data, management of oil recovery processes with the help of regular geological process models, as well as planning and implementation of pilot projects to introduce innovative oil production technologies.
The Science and Technology Center develops, audits and reviews design documents required to ensure license compliance. The Company also provides staff training and career development services to Gazprom Neft’s downstream subsidiaries.
The STC’s innovation belt embraces more than 25 universities and research partners which include the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Moscow State University, St.-Petersburg State University, St.-Petersburg Polytechnic University, Skoltech, Tomsk Polytechnic University R&D Support Center, Tyumen State University, and many others. On the basis of various academic centers, the STC implements about 80 research projects.
Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Center initiates translation and publication of professional research papers in the oil and gas subjects. These are unique books written by recognized world industry experts and translated into Russian for the first time under the STC’s auspices.
The Company Management System is certificated for compliance with ISO 9001:2015 (certification body: DNV GL Business Assurance).
The Company has developed, documented, implemented and maintains a quality management system, which is constantly being improved, in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001 International Standard. The objectives, principles and stakeholders of Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Center’s Quality Management System, as well as the principles of its activities in the quality assurance and management area are reflected in the Company’s Quality Policy.