Rosneft’s Deputy Director of Environmental Safety and Technology to outline industrial and environmental risks to ensure safe operations in Kara sea at the Second SPE Arctic and Extreme Environments Conference and Exhibition

24 Jul 2013

Moscow – Oleg Sochnev, Deputy Director of the Environmental Safety and Department at Rosneft, addresses the challenges and lessons learned in drilling in extreme environments, during the Plenary Sessions of Arctic & Extreme Environments 2013 (AEE 2013), October 15-17, All Russian Exhibition Centre in Moscow.

Appearing with Sochnev on the panel will be Vadim Petrenko, Head of Directorate of Engineering and Offshore Field Development Technology, Gas, Gas Condensate and Oil Production Department at Gazprom, Mitch Winkler, Manager, Arctic, Shell International Exploration and Production Inc., John Milne, Director of Exploration, Russia, Statoil ASA. Moderators will be Leonid Surguchev, LUKOIL Overseas North Self AS and Han Tiebout, GustoMSC B.V.

In addition to the daily plenaries, 150 papers will be presented as part of the technical programme at AEE 2013.. The papers selected by the peer group Programme Committee of Russian and international specialists support the theme “Science and Industry Collaboration for Crossing Arctic Frontiers” and focus on E&P technology for the Arctic and High North.

Topics include:

• 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

“The most challenging issues on the Arctic self are a lack of drilling equipment and technologies and a very short (two months) ice free window in the Kara Sea,” comments Vladimir Vovk, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas and Programme Committee Co-chair. “It means that it is necessary to provide not only underwater (under-ice) HC production systems, but also equipment and technologies for geological exploration and especially for production well drilling.”

The SPE Arctic and Extreme Environments Conference and Exhibition builds on the success of it’s inaugural event in 2011, which drew 1,400 exhibition attendees and 500 conference delegates from 26 countries.

Along side this year’s conference, SPE will run the two training courses to enhance participant experience: “Reservoir Aspects of Horizontal and Multilateral Wells”, on 18 October, and “Modern Well Design”, 18-19 October.

The event will feature a Technology Incubator exhibition area to showcase innovation and small businesses in the industry. Also planned is a student paper contest and smaller events for young professionals including a special technical paper presentation. Also taking place will be the SPE Regional Awards Ceremony, Knowledge Sharing ePoster Presentations and daily Topical Lunch programmes.

ExxonMobil has confirmed as Platinum sponsor of AEE2013. Other confirmed sponsors so far include, Schlumberger, Chevron and Total.

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