Tomsk Polytechnic University and Gazprom Neft-Vostok have signed a contract to carry out a joint exploration of Paleozoic hydrocarbon hard-to-recover deposits in Tomsk region. The contract was signed by TPU Rector Petr Chubik and Gazprom Neft-Vostok CEO Viktor Misnik.
Photo: Lyudmila Ogorodova, Igor Shaturnyi, Viktor Misnik, and Petr Chubik (from the left to the right)
The subject of the contract is the implementation of research focused on The Development of Exploration Technology for Potentially Productive Objects in the Pre-Jurassic Sediments of Tomsk Region. The contract shall continue to 31 December 2022.
Hard-to-recover reserves are those located in such geological strata where it is impossible to produce crude oil with existing technologies. Therefore, the production of such oil requires absolutely different technologies. According to various data, the share of hard-to-recover oil in West Siberia amounts to 5-10%, while about 540 deposits have been discovered in the world. Gazprom Neft-Vostok simultaneously launched a few projects on the development of hard-to-recover oil reserves. One of them is the large-scale project Paleozoiс that is carried out in Tomsk region.
TPU Rector Petr Chubik noted: ‘We were the first behind the Urals to initiate the training of petroleum geologists in 1952. By the way, the first oil produced in Tomsk region in 1954 was Paleozoic.
If you look at different types of deposits of Paleozoic sediments in the world, you will see that Tomsk region formed a unique natural laboratory, in which there are many such types of deposits that are not found in other territories across Russia.
Therefore, if we master technologies for exploration, prospecting, and production of ‘hard’ crude oil, it will be possible to replicate them both in Russia and abroad.’
Photo: Gazprom Neft-Vostok CEO Viktor Misnik and TPU Rector Petr Chubik are signing the contract. (Credit: the press service of Gazprom Neft-Vostok)
TPU will implement three out of six research modules implied by the Paleozoic project. They are related to tectonics, potential field methods, and geochemistry.
Gazprom Neft-Vostok CEO Viktor Misnik said: ‘Today’s event is another step in creating an efficient mechanism for the cooperation of the regional scientific center and the company from the real sector of the economy. It is only by pooling efforts that we will achieve the goals set and will be able to find cost-effective methods of extracting hard-to-recover reserves.
Together with Tomsk Polytechnic University, we hope to provide the industry with a methodology for evaluation of Pre-Jurassic hydrocarbon resources, which will allow us to begin full-scale development of these layers.’
At the signing ceremony, Vice Governor for Industrial Policy Igor Shaturnyi noted that the development of hard-to-recover hydrocarbon reserves is a strategic policy for Tomsk region:
‘Currently, we are looking for opportunities to ensure that the oil production in the region remains at 10 million tons per year. In particular, we prepared an investment project which implies cooperation between investors and scientific community of the city. Here I would like to thank both Gazprom Neft-Vostok and Tomsk Polytechnic University for their joint activity. I hope this project will give a second wind to oil production in the region.’
Participants of the meeting added that early-career scientists and students would be involved in the research in the framework of the project.
Vice Governor for Scientific and Educational Complex Lyudmila Ogorodova added: ‘For such a project which is signed for a long period, it is necessary to build end-to-end staff training which includes high school, vocational school and, of course, university as a guarantor of the introduction of new technologies.’