Second SPE Arctic and Extreme Environments Technical Conference and Exhibition Closes with Record Visitor Turnout

31 Oct 2013

Moscow – The Second SPE Arctic and Extreme Environments Technical Conference and Exhibition closed on a record turnout of 1,550 visitors, including 545 conference delegates and 54 exhibitors. The event took place October 15-17 at the All Russian Exhibition Centre in Moscow and focused on E&P technology for the Arctic and High North.

The final day’s plenary saw a lively debate on how best to manage environmental risk in the fragile Arctic. Speaker John Campbell, Technical Director for the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, told delegates that “if a Macondo-type of accident were to happen in the Arctic, it would result in a moratorium on (hydrocarbon) activity” generally, not just the shutdown of the affected well. “The Arctic is all things to all people; it is a unique ocean basin -geographically, politically, environmentally,” he said.

AEE 2013 focused around a world-class technical programme with peer-reviewed presentations on a wide range of topics related to engineering solutions for Arctic and extreme environments exploration and development of hydrocarbon reserves. Also, companies, government and academia weighed in on issues such as sustainable development, environment and safety, project management, training of personnel in Arctic and harsh environments-specific disciplines, cross-border cooperation and marine transport.

The exhibition side of the event offered participants a hands-on opportunity to explore specific Arctic and High North technologies now on the market. Enhancements to the exhibition experience included a special Arctic Business Theater, Technology Incubator and Knowledge and Science Zone featuring several Russian technical oil and gas universities and R&D centers.

Yevgeny Bychkov, Business Development Manager, Completions & Intervention Russia at Baker Hughes, was among the exhibitors (along with Gazprom-burenie, Eurasia Drilling Company–BKE Shelf, GustoMSC B.V. and others). “We have showcased many new technologies here” including steerable drilling-liner services, sand management systems and others, Bychkov said. “New technologies appear every year on the market, and this is an excellent opportunity for us to meet new potential customers.”

More than 120 SPE peer-reviewed papers were presented on a wide-range of topics including:

•  Arctic and High North Oil and Natural Gas Potential—Conventional and Unconventional

•  Geology and Geophysics Technologies in Arctic and Harsh Environments

•  Drilling and Well Construction Technology

•  Oil Spill Prevention and Emergency Response in Ice-Filled Waters

•  Offshore and Onshore Field Development Including Subsea Production Systems and Intelligent Field Concepts

•  Site Investigation

• HSE and Social Responsibility

Plenary sessions featured talks by Anthony Brenton, Cambridge University; Anatoly Zolotukhin, Gubkin Oil & Gas University; Maxim Nechaev, IHS CERA; Bill Scott, Chevron Arctic Center; Vadim Petrenko, Gazprom; Mitch Winkler, Shell International Exploration and Production Inc.; John Milne, Statoil ASA; John Campbell, International Association of Oil and Gas Producers; Oyvin Halle, Statoil and other oil and gas industry experts.

Sponsors included ExxonMobil, Schlumberger, Chevron and Total.

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About: The SPE Arctic and Extreme Environments Conference and Exhibition is organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and Reed Exhibitions, which also organises the bi-annual SPE Offshore Europe Exhibition and Conference in Aberdeen (September 8-11, 2015,

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