Joint Projects

RUB 120 million
total expenditure on R&D collaboration with partner universities in 2013–2015

Gazpromneft Research Centre has joined the comprehensive federal programme to study the Bazhenov Formation as an industrial partner. The programme is intended to further assess the formation’s characteristics and to select technologies for future exploitation. The project will be carried out at the Engineering Centre of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), which won a competition held by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science to select academic developments of national significance under its Priority Research Initiatives for the Development of the Russian Science and Technology Sector, 2014–2020 programme.

The research project, which will last until the end of 2016, should see the creation of geological, hydrodynamic, and geomechanical 3D models of deposits, the preparation of a database of key model parameters, and the drafting of guidelines for reserve and development evaluation technologies. In addition to MIPT, the following entities will take part in the project: the Department of Geology of Moscow State University, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology. As an industrial partner, Gazprom Neft will provide experts to assess the results, in addition to co-financing the programme to the amount of 10% of the subsidy.

In 2014, Gazprom Neft signed a general partnership agreement with the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programmes. The agreement is aimed at solving the technological challenges that Gazprom Neft encounters in the exploration and development of oil and gas fields, as well as in the production and sale of petroleum products, through the use of nanotechnologies and nanomaterials. During the reporting year, the Company also signed a cooperation agreement with Krylov State Research Centre. Under the agreement, the companies will collaborate in the research and development of offshore facilities for the integrated development of fields on the Russian continental shelf.

Gazprom Neft is carrying out R&D into oil refining processes and catalysts together with the following leading Russian scientific organizations: Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Oil Refining, NPP Neftehim, and others. The Company signed a strategic partnership agreement for the development of effective technologies and catalysts for oil refining processes with the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Institute for Problems of Hydrocarbon Refining of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.