An extended meeting of Transneft Expert Board was held in Samara. The participants discussed the progress in Russia’s oil and gas industry for 2012-2017 and its development prospects.
The meeting brought together Anton Zadorogin, Acting General Director of Transneft Volga Region, Vitaly Kucherov, Acting Chief Engineer of Transneft Volga Region, Dmitry Aleksandrov, Deputy Director General for Investment at UNIVER Capital MC, Olga Yusupova, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at the Samara State Technical University, representatives of the expert, academic and student communities.
The experts discussed basic trends in development of the oil and petroleum products transportation system, the oil and gas industry over the past five years, prospecting and production of hydrocarbons, oil refining challenges.
The oil pipeline industry manifested high pace of development, noted Dmitry Orlov, Chairman of the Expert Board, Director of the Agency for Political and Economic Communications. “It is now hard to find a company in the Russian oil industry to be developing faster than Transneft,” he emphasized. Dmitry Orlov pinpointed the leading role of Transneft in implementing of the import substitution programme. Nowadays, 94% of equipment and materials the Company uses have been manufactured in Russia. Besides, Transneft has been developing the manufacture of the hi-tech products that the industry needs. Local production of up-to-date pumps has already been arranged.
Training professionals for pipeline transportation was another crucial issue addressed by the Expert Board. The link of production with the system of professional university education, and with the science in general is essential in this respect. This is why it was decided to hold the meeting of the Transneft Expert Board at the Pipeline Transport chair of the Samara State Technical University (SamSTU).
Transneft Volga Region currently employed 347 SamSTU graduates, Vitaly Kucherov stated. The Company annually allocates RUB 4.5 million to maintain the infrastructure and equipment at the Pipeline Transport chair of SamSTU, giving financial aid to 122 studentsreceiving paid education. It was hard for technical universities to maintain up-to-date infrastructure and equipment without constant assistance of partnering businesses, said Professor Vladimir Tyan, Dean of the Petroleum Engineering Faculty and Head of the Chair. That is the only condition that enables to train professionals in full compliance with employers’ requirements, under the new occupational standards.
The universities waited for the employer companies to give real project tasks that students could solve under the guidance of instructors and company professionals, maintained Olga Yusupova, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at SamSTU. This is among the factors that enable to train top-ranked professionals.
“We have been holding a series of extended TransneftExpert Board meetings in several regions of Russia to analyse the major trends that have formed in the oil and gas industry over the past five years, realise the prospects for its development and conceive the vision of a future professional as seen by members of the academic, student, and expert communities. We have generally determined that the objective is achieved,” Dmitry Orlov concluded.