Gazprom Neft Shelf and Art and Design Academy signed a cooperation agreement

The agreement signed covers the strategic interaction and cooperation in the development of industrial design of innovative products with export potential. The immersion suit to be used on an aircraft is expected to be one of the pilot projects. Its graphic design will be created by second and third year Master’s students of the Industrial Design Department. The concept will be developed by the end of 2020 and will serve as the basis for mass production of the immersion suits.

Anna Kislitsyna, Rector of the Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design

“Today customer satisfaction involves not only high quality, safety and performance of a product, but also its appearance. We are pleased to make our contribution to the industrial design of innovative Russian solutions for the oil production industry. The Stieglitz Academy has a vast experience and creative potential that we pass to our students and that our graduates successfully use in major design studios in Russia and abroad. Joint projects with Gazprom Neft Shelf will not only allow our students to acquire unique skills, but will also make the products developed more attractive and competitive.”

Vladimir Gorshenev, Deputy General Director for Procurement, Import Substitution and Technological Strategy Implementation of Gazprom Neft Shelf

“The agreement with the Art and Design Academy is an important example of a new approach to technology development taking the development culture to a qualitatively different level across the industry. Gazprom Neft is a participant in the International Technology Hub for the Energy Sector performing a role of an innovation development driver. We strive to maintain the offshore technology leadership position and promote homegrown solutions that meet the highest standards in terms of both technology and industrial design. The products developed in cooperation with the Academy can be used in the Prirazlomnoye project where the safety standards for personnel transportation require the use of immersion suits.”


The Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design is one of the oldest Russian higher educational institutions training specialists in fine, decorative and applied arts as well as graphic, environmental and industrial design. The Academy started training industrial designers in 1876. The Industrial Design Department, officially founded in 1963, is the first, oldest and lead design department in Russia. The graduates of the Department created the design of the first Soviet trolleybuses and buses, equipment for the 1980 Olympics and the USSR space program (work stations, tools and equipment for Mir space station and Buran spaceplane) as well as the design of Meteor and Kometa hydrofoils, Arktika nuclear-powered icebreakers, ER-200 high-speed trains, river cruise ships, trams, etc. The Industrial Design Department is a leader in training industrial and transport designers. Its graduates develop designs for FIAT, Alfa Romeo and Land Rover. Over the past several years, students of the Department have won several major international automotive and industrial design awards.

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