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08.11.2016

St. Petersburg International Energy Forum – focus on reserve development of the Arctic Region

We shall start creating our future today - this was the motto for the 16th International Energy Forum, completing its work in CEC Expoforum on October the 7th. Energy market leaders came together to demonstrate recent developments in oil and gas production, as well as to discuss and outline the means for improvement of mining, drilling, production and transportation of energy resources.

In 2016 the Forum was held jointly with Offshore Marintec Russia Conference and Exhibition - a unique project aimed at development of infrastructure of the continental shelf. The events attracted more than 5,000 professionals from Russia and other countries.

The key event in the Forum agenda was collective Plenary session dedicated to discussion of strategic aims and priorities for the development of the Arctic Region and continental shelf of the Russian Federation.The discussion arouse much interest in professionals and outlined a range of key issues, including: shall Russia develop its oil production in the Arctic Region? What technologies and engineering means shall be used to do this? How shall Russia dig in to its position on the international energy market, particularly, in the multi-year ice regions? Scientists and professionals, government and business representatives, relevant developers and manufacturers were trying to find the answers to these and other questions. The Plenary meeting was joined by the chairman of the Scientific board of the Russian Academy of Sciences for geology and oil and gas fields development, RAS academician, Alexey Kontorovich; deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, Kirill Molodtsov; Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian Federation in the North-western Federal District, Sergey Menyailo; Deputy Chairman of the Board of PAO Gazprom, Valery Golubev; Vice-President of PAO Lukoil, Ilya Mandrik; deputy general director for engineering procurement construction of JSC International Energy Rusatom, Sergey Yegorov, and other officials.

The Forum participants and guests had a busy agenda with several simultaneously working discussion platforms for various topics, which allowed bringing up many urgent issues of energy industry modern development and the prospects for its development in within the next 20-25 years.

One of the most interesting events was a special session ‘Energy infrastructure for marine oil and gas engineering’. The participators discussed the prospect of using the alternative energy sources for shelf and offshore facilities in the context of import substitution and diversification of electric equipment. The section was moderated by head of the project for Corporate Development and International Business in Rosatom, Anton Zubkov, and head of Kurchatov nuclear complex transport energy technology at the Russian Research Center Kurchatov Institute, Vasiliy Ustinov.

The discussion participants presented modern projects for power supply to marine and shelf facilities. Thus, Denis Kulikov, head of NIKIET JSC, which is one of the largest Russian manufacturers of independent nuclear energy sources, reported urgent necessity of implementation of new low power energy sources at the present stage of fields development: ‘We shall start creating our future today to be ahead.’ ‘This entails firstly the alternative sources of 1 and up to 300 MW,’ he explained. ‘Today Central Africa, South America or India lack energy power due to their lack of large corporate consumers such as plants, high output enterprises. We have such consumers and work for them.’ Denis Kulikov elaborated on the implementation advantages for such institute developments as rocket launchers UNITERM, KARAT, SHELF. Besides, within the section agenda the experts also discussed the issues to ensure the power quality and reactive power compensation in power supply systems of marine floating platforms, principles of design and test methods for modern energy systems in the context of stiffer competition in the Arctic shelf development.

The Program of the event included a ceremony of awarding the winners of International contest for R&D innovations aimed at development of the Arctic Region and continental shelf and arranged by Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation.

Following RAS academician Alexey Kontorovich, the President of contest jury, the projects submitted this year allow us to feel optimistic about the future of hydrocarbon production. ‘Everything we saw was a strategic reserve with nation level meaning,’ Aleksey Kontorovich noted. ‘This is the potential, able to form the future of Russian energy industry and whole economy.’

During the ceremony Alexander Chudnov, the research officer at the Civil Service Department and mobilization training for Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, read an official greeting letter on behalf of Arkady Dvorkovich, the first Deputy Prime Minister of Russia. Particularly, the letter noted, that the competitive ability of modern Russia economy in whole as well as extraction and processing of hydrocarbons in particular depend on the stage of technological modernization and application of innovative solutions in the sector. Finally, scientific and industrial success of modern Russia in the development of continental shelf and the Arctic Region ensure the energy security of the whole country.

The greatest number of awards following the expert jury deserved the representatives of LLC Gazprom Neft Shelf, who that day were invited to come onto the stage for three times to receive their honorary diplomas and awards. The contest winners included CDB Rubin, Transneft, State Marine Technical University, Malachite, Intek, Gazprom-Neft Sakhalin, Sevmash, Moscow State University, and Arctic Social Sciences Academy.

Best stand contest became a good tradition for participants of the exhibition. This year the nomination ‘Best stand design’ was worthy divided between the two companies - Gazprom Neft and Lukoil, the nomination ‘Most informative stand’ was won by Protea’ (Poland) and Far East Plant ‘Zvezda’, the ‘People’s Choice Award’ was taken by Gazprom flot and Moscow plant ‘FIZPRIBOR’.

St. Petersburg International Energy Forum has been held since 1999 following the initiative of Government of the Russian Federation and PAO Gazprom, and includes a number of exhibitions and conferences, united by a common theme and covering all aspects of energy activities.

For detailed information on the results of the event please visit the official website of St. Petersburg Energy Forum: http://www.forumtek.ru.

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