Gazprom Neft and Murmansk State Technical University to launch joint education program

Gazprom Neft and Murmansk State Technical University (MSTU) launch a joint educational program — Procurement and logistics of offshore projects in the oil and gas industry. The opening ceremony of the lecture hall named after Gazprom Neft and new program’s curriculum confirmation were attended by Marina Kovtun, the Murmansk Oblast Governor, MSTU’s rector Sergey Agarkov, Andrey Patrushev, Deputy General Director of Offshore Projects Development, Gazprom Neft, Abdulla Karaev, Head of Procurement and Capital Construction, Gazprom Neft.

The aim of the educational program is to prepare qualified specialists in the field of oil and gas logistics projects considering the Russian shelf’s specifics. Gazprom Neft is going to share the unique experience of Prirazlomnoye field development on the Arctic shelf, providing a high level of training for students. Employees of the company together with leading Russian experts will give lectures, conduct seminars, and master classes. Moreover, professors of Molde University College (Norway) will share the international experience of procurement and logistics in the Arctic for MSTU students. Program graduates will have an opportunity to practice with the company’s assets.

“It is not the first year that we have been building a new education system in the Murmansk region that meets the needs of the regional economy and, moreover, integrated into the economy itself. The way to solve this problem is possible to be found only through the joint efforts of all stakeholders — the government, educational institutions, and enterprises. Today we see a particularly vivid example of such interaction. With the very active participation of Gazprom Neft company, MSTU opens the lecture hall, specially created for industry personnel needs in the logistics sector. The program, created for special retraining in the leading technical University of the Murmansk region, fully fits into the the region economy”, said the Murmansk Oblast Governor, Marina Kovtun.

“The projects that Gazprom Neft implements on the shelf are unique, so the training of personnel for their implementation requires a special approach. There are almost no professionals in Russia ready to work on the shelf nowadays, and Gazprom Neft has been training such specialists for already several years within the framework of comprehensive corporate training programs. Our joint educational program with MSTU allows students to take the opportunity of getting an interesting profession, which is highly demanded not only in Russia but also globally. The most successful graduates will be offered a career in Gazprom Neft and, thereby, strengthen the company’s potential,” commented Andrey Patrushev, Deputy General Director of Offshore Projects Development, Gazprom Neft.

“Offshore and Arctic fields’ development is a strategic priority for Gazprom Neft. For such large-scale and technologically complex projects implementation, it is extremely important to meet the needs of material and technical resources in a qualitative and timely manner. Today we own consistent competencies in the field of procurement and logistics, allowing us to ship oil from offshore and Arctic fields all year round. Our future specialists should be experts of the highest level in their field, have a strong theoretical base and practical skills. The need for highly qualified specialists encourages us to transfer our experience and knowledge to MSTU students”, added Abdulla Karaev, Head of Procurement and Capital Construction, Gazprom Neft.

“MSTU — one of the largest universities in Northwest Russia, has been training specialists for the oil and gas industry for many years. At the beginning of this academic year, thanks to our partnership with Gazprom Neft, we have a modern multimedia audience at our disposal. It will allow a new level of quality for educational programs implementation. Students — program graduates, will be able to actually receive the second higher education without basic study interruption. Such graduates become competitive. Our University is ready to implement competencies, create unique educational products, prepare specialists ‘on request’. Long-term cooperation with Gazprom Neft is our priority!” summarised MSTU’s rector Sergey Agarkov.


The educational program Procurement and logistics of offshore projects in the oil and gas industry in MSTU launched as part of Gazprom Neft to develop cooperation with specialized higher education institutions. Specialized departments of Gazprom Neft operate in 8 universities, master’s degree programs implemented in the educational process. In 2017, the company allocated more than RUB 100 million for the educational programs implementation; 387 students, postgraduates and graduates were hired as a result of еру practical training.

On the basis of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University and Ufa State Petroleum Technological University there are joint programs of additional education developed for the training of professionals in the field of procurement. At the same time, students of the Murmansk State Technical University will have the opportunity to study an extended course, which includes competence in the field of maritime and coastal logistics.

The Prirazlomnoye oil field was discovered in 1989 and is located in the Pechora Sea, 60 km from the shore. Recoverable oil reserves exceed 70 million tonnes. The offshore ice-resistant fixed platform Prirazlomnaya was created for oil field development purposes. It is designed for the operation under extreme climatic conditions, meets most advanced safety requirements and is able to withstand maximum ice loads.

Prirazlomnoye is so far the only field on the Russian Arctic shelf where industrial oil production is carried out (the new ARCO oil grade first entered the world market in April 2014). To date, the Prirazlomnoye has produced more than 8 million tonnes of oil. Gazprom Neft Shelf is licensed as is the subsurface user of the project.

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