On March 10, 2016 the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology hosted the joint meeting of representatives of Skoltech and LUKOIL PJSC dedicated to the possibilities of cooperation in the development and launch of advanced exploration technologies and recovery of tight and unconventional hydrocarbons.
Academician Alexander Kuleshov, Skoltech President, greeted the guests from LUKOIL PJSC, LUKOIL-Engineering LLC and RITEK JSC. In his opening remarks he outlined the goals and objectives of the Research Center for Hydrocarbon Recovery being developed at Skoltech and expressed confidence that the meeting would be a prelude to a successful and mutually beneficial cooperation between Skoltech and LUKOIL PJSC.
Mikhail Spasyennykh, Director of the Skoltech Research Center for Hydrocarbon Recovery, provided more details about the main research vectors. In particular, he emphasized the close connection of research projects with the practice and topical tasks of the Russian economy, pointing out that it’s already at the stage of creating the Center and after accurate
consultations with the representatives of the oil and gas industry, that the directions of the Center’s future work were determined, while projects and contacts with the industry were put in priority. The Center director marked it as Skoltech’s significant advantage that the institute has broad partnership relations with leading universities around the world, including the universities of Calgary, Lausanne, Stavanger, Heriot-Watt University, Moscow State University, Baku State University and a number of others. The result of this cooperation is the possibility of attracting experts and professors from all over the world to research (including in the field of tight hydrocarbons) and Skoltech educational programs. Spasyennykh also delivered a presentation “Unconventional reservoirs (Bazhenov, Domanik, Khadum suite): the program of petrophysical and geochemical studies, the establishment of technologies for the exploration of recovery”.
Dr. Alexei Cheremisin, Deputy director of the Center for Experimental Studies, spoke about the possibilities of Skoltech and its partnership program with the University of Calgary as a base for laboratory research in the interests of LUKOIL to develop tight hydrocarbon technologies. According to him, the system of modeling the in-situ combustion, developed at the University of Calgary and scheduled for installation at Skoltech, will allow to almost totally simulate the in-situ combustion and thermal-stream stimulation. The report by Cheremisin was welcomed with great interest by guests, who, in connection with the recent acquisitions of “LUKOIL”, noted the importance of developing the highly viscous oil and the availability of an experimental base at Skoltech, which would allow to carry out unique studies.
Presentations were also made by:
Stanislav Ursegov – “Development of the combined technology to increase recovery factors of Permo-carboxylic rescources of the Usinsk deposit through injection of hot water, a surfactant, and supercritical carbon dioxide” and “Creating a system of adaptive models of the current operation region of LUKOIL PJSC for the purpose of monitoring and forecasting the state of the developed deposits and reservoirs”.
Yuri Popov – “Providing LUKOIL PJSC with data on the thermal properties of the reservoirs and surrounding rocks for solving search problems, exploration and production of hydrocarbons.”
Artyom Myasnikov – “Main vectors of the mathematical modeling of reservoir systems” and “Hydro-geomechanic modeling and micro-seismic monitoring of hydraulic fracturing”
Yuri Podladchikov – “Basin modeling: methods of increasing the reliability of the results of modeling sedimentary basins and petroleum systems.”
The report by Marwan Sharara was read – “Development of full-wave inversion technology and its application to construct a geomechanical model under conditions of salt-dome tectonics.”
At the end of the meeting Nadezhda Lyadova, Deputy General Director of LUKOIL-Engineering LLC, Director of PermNIPIneft branch, called the raised topics to be extremely interesting and relevant for the company: “the vectors presented by Skoltech are our priorities as well. We are strengthening our laboratory and research base – it’s the foundation for the development of further processes”. Today we are actively developing basin modeling and are interested in improving the skills in this area. Opportunities for collaborative research and educational programs presented by Skoltech are of great interest for the company. ” The representative of LUKOIL-Engineering expressed confidence that the meeting defined a specific vector for further work and cooperation between Skoltech and the industry, which is especially topical for Russia in complicated political and economic situation of today.