Gazprom Neft, Skoltech and the Khanty-Mansi autonomous okrug-Yugra are developing technologies to produce hard-to-recover oil


Gazprom Neft, the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) and the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug—Yugra’s V.I. Shpilman R&D Centre for Rational Subsoil Usage have concluded an agreement on establishing an engineering centre to develop and commercialise exploration and production technologies for hard-to-recover reserves. Implementing this project will facilitate the development of Russia’s largest laboratory complex for studying “hard-to-recover” oil.

The document was signed by Kirill Strizhnev, CEO, Gazpromneft-Technology Partnerships, Alexander Kuleshov, Rector, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, and Petr Stulov, Head of the V.I. Shpilman R&D Centre for Rational Subsoil Usage. The partners are to establish a joint venture and full-cycle engineering centre through the Skoltech Oil and Gas Laboratory and the Core Research Centre in Khanty-Mansiysk. This entity will act as a platform for scientific and technological experiments, for developing hydrocarbon exploration and production technologies for “hard-to-recover oil”, and for cutting-edge enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methodologies. The centre will also be involved in developing hydrogen production, transportation and storage solutions, and in carbon capture and storage (CCS) solutions.

This facility will also act as a hub for unique equipment for analysing core samples from hard-to-recover and non-traditional oil deposits. Specialists at the engineering centre will run projects involving integrated support for petrophysical, geophysical and geological simulations, drilling optimisation, well finishing and fracking.


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