Vladimir Vovk, Gazprom Neft Shelf Advisor, has been awarded the Russian Federation Government Prize

Vladimir Vovk, Gazprom Neft Shelf Advisor, and employees of Sevmash have been awarded the Russian Federation Government Prize in science and technology. The resolution thereof was signed in Moscow by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Honored Worker of Russian Oil and Gas Industry, Vladimir Vovk was granted government award for technology development and major oil and gas complexes industrial production engineering for the continental shelf of Russia.

Vladimir Vovk has multiple inventions and publications on drilling and offshore oil and gas field development to his name. He is one of the founders of the approach foer basement rock-hosted oil development, the creator and co-author of unique oil production engineering solutions. He was engaged in development, design and construction of drilling and production platforms for operation in harsh natural and climatic conditions at the offshores, including the ice-resistant Prirazlomnaya stationary platform, as well as technologies for underwater welding and new drilling fluids.

Vladimir Vovk combines successful Arctic shelf potential exploration with the development and implementation of new technologies for creating subice hydrocarbon production fields. In collaboration with other scientists, he created a unique underwater drilling complex. He was directly engaged in first implementation of subsea/subice technology for the development of offshore oil and gas fields in Russia when Gazprom developed the Kirinsky gas condensate field in Sakhalin.

Currently Vladimir Vovk is sharing his vast experience and knowledge with new specialists engaged in offshore projects. He is the head of Operations and Infrastructure professional department of Exploration and Production faculty in Gazprom Neft Corporate University. For more than a year and a half, Vladimir Vovk has been working on a book that tells the story of oil exploration in the Arctic and Arctic shelf production. His essays also touch upon the Prirazlomnoye project and the story about the platform itself, which was built through cooperation with Sevmash.

Vladimir Vovk, Gazprom Neft Shelf Advisor:

«The shelf is the largest natural resource base of our country, with its value being immensely significant for us. Its area is more than 5 million square kilometers, and according to my estimate, its reserves amount to 136 billion tons of conventional fuel. 70% of these reserves are located at the Barents and Kara seas. I am sure that it is only the sea that will allow us to discover giant and major deposits. Our future lies in water, so it is very important for us to create the necessary technologies, train people, and develop competencies. Our facilities must be able to manufacture the necessary equipment for offshore drilling, and design bureaus have to be able to design it properly»


Vladimir Vovk participated in many flagship oil and gas projects. He started his career in 1964 as an assistant driller, worked as an assistant drilling foreman, drilling foreman and Head of the Marine crew in the structure of the USSR Ministry of Geology. 1979 to 1988, his work was associated with the central engineering and technical service of Chernomorneftegazprom production association, being part of the USSR Ministry of Gas Industry structure. Since 1988, he has been the Director General of Vietsovpetro, Soviet-Vietnamese joint enterprise. In 1993, he became the Head of the Offshore Fields Engineering and Development Department in Gazprom. He also held the position of Gazflot (now Gazprom Flot) Director General and Board Chairman of Rosshelf.

The Prize was established by the Decree of the Russian Government No. 954 dated October 24, 2013 aimed to stimulate scientific and technical development and improve the awarding system for achievements in science and technology. Twenty Prizes, 2 million rubles each, are awarded annually, including five Prizes in defense and security. In 2019, 131 applicants became its laureates, including 11 academicians and five corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 64 Doctors of Science and 26 Candidates of Science.

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