Tomsk Polytechnic University became the venue for the final of Young Vision Award 2017 organized by leading oil and gas companies Wintershall and Gazprom International. Teams from Kazan Federal University (Russia), Leoben Mining University (Austria) and Tomsk Polytechnic University (Russia) were selected to present their ideas focused on efficiency, better use of technology, and strong cost consciousness, without compromises to health, safety and environment. An international jury represented by experts from Wintershall, Gazprom International and scientists from dedicated universities awarded the win to the students of Tomsk Polytechnic University Anzhelika Posvyashchennaya and Eldar Urazov.
Photo: The winners of Young Student Award 2017 Anzhelika Posvyashchennaya and Eldar Urazov
Members of the jury are changed every year depending on the stated topic of works. Experts carefully evaluate all applications to select three best projects. This year, among the juries there was Thomas Trebst (Gazprom International), Berndt Leonhardt (Wintershall), Jan-Jack Royer, a representative of the National Center for Scientific Research (France), Domagoi Vulin (Zagreb University).
Anzhelika Posvyashchennaya and Eldar Urazov are students at the master program Chemical Technology. At the contest they presented a project devoted to a new method of tracer studies of oil reservoirs without using equipment in the field. Deliverables of the work are the development of the most efficient and cost-effective express tracer analysis method which makes it possible to accurately analyze the concentration of tracers directly at the field. Tracers are used as markers in oil and gas enterprises to identify the leakage of process water, they help to get information on the properties of the interwell space, the speed and the direction of reservoir fluids and the water pumped into the pool, the efficiency of the oil displacement process, and so on.
‘Today the jury has seen interesting ideas, there were thoughts about cost reduction and the environmental protection. Therefore, I believe all three projects are in demand in the industry. But the winners have done a little bit more work on the project. And if we talk about researches of tracers, it is certainly required to continue work in this domain, to study environmental aspects of tracer application,’ noted a jury member Berndt Leonhardt.
Photo: Finalists of Young Vision Award from Russia and Austria
The winners will benefit a week internship in one of the branches of Wintershall Holding GmbH or of Gazprom EP International Services B.V.; publication of the proposed idea in the magazine Oil&Gas Journal Russia; one-year complementary Oil&Gas Journal Russia subscription; evaluation of the idea by one or more international experts. If the idea is found to be technically feasible, appropriate and economically justified, the companies Wintershall Holding GmbH and Gazprom EP International Services B.V. will agree to financially support the first phase of the project.
‘I graduated from the Faculty of Geology and Exploration, I was a Chair of the Department of Oil and Gas Well Drilling, Dean of the Faculty of Geological Exploration and Oil and Gas Production, Director of the Institute Geology and Oil and Gas, so I take the liberty of saying that raw materials are exhaustible, but what human intelligence invents has no boundaries,’ says TPU Rector Petr Chubik prior the announcement of winners.
It is worth mentioning that the winners of the first contest Young Vision Award 2013 were also students from Tomsk Polytechnic University: Olga Blokhina, Daria Rozhkova and Irina Khadkevich.
‘The environment and safe production are important for our industry. Here are companies and representatives of the young generation able to introduce new ideas. Young Vision Award is a positive and productive platform to common interaction. All our finalists have done a good job,’ added Managing Director of Wintershall Russland GmbH Margarita Hoffman.