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Mark Rubin is responsible for overall management of SPE. He works with the Board of Directors and senior staff to develop strategic and business plans and formulate the organization's goals, objectives, policies, and programs. He also organizes and directs the global staff organization, which includes offices in Dallas, Houston, Calgary, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, London, and Moscow, to ensure the accomplishment of SPE's mission. He was appointed executive director of SPE in August 2001. Prior to this appointment, he served as upstream general manager for the American Petroleum Institute (API) in Washington, D.C.
He was a rectorate adviser and professor at the Russian State Gubkin University of Oil and Gas, Moscow, chaired professor at the Northern Arctic Federal University, Archangelsk, Russia, and professor emeritus at the University of Stavanger, Norway. The child of two petroleum engineers, Zolotukhin started his oil and gas industry career with a degree in petroleum engineering from Gubkin University. He then received his MSc in reservoir engineering and PhD in fluid mechanics from Gubkin University, an MSc in applied mathematics from Moscow State University, and a doctor of technical sciences degree in reservoir engineering from Gubkin University. In 1978, he was selected for a post-doctoral fellowship in reservoir engineering at Stanford University. Zolotukhin served at Gubkin University for more than 40 years and at the University of Stavanger for more than 25 years.
The SPE Board of Directors is comprised of industry leaders from around the world. As the policy-making and governing body of SPE, it oversees many of SPE's administrative and operating responsibilities. The board retains final authority on all SPE matters. The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association whose more than 124,800 members in 134 countries are engaged in oil and gas exploration and production. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge providing opportunities to exchange information at in-person and online events and training courses, publications, and other resources.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree that could be interpreted as a backdoor move to nationalize the Sakhalin-2 offshore upstream oil and gas project and related LNG facilities as Moscow seeks to block Shell, and possibly Japan's Mitsui and Mitsubishi from selling their stakes to other international players. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied during a news conference on 1 July that the new Sakhalin-2 ownership regime outlined in the decree is in fact nationalization. But the presidential order signed on 30 June does direct the Russian government to take control of all shares, rights, obligations, and property currently held by the Bermuda-registered Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. The government will then vest those interests in a newly formed Russian limited liability company, Gazprom Sakhalin Holding, which will become the project's new operator/ Sakhalin-2's current partners will be offered new shares proportional to their old stakes and they would have a month to decide whether to accept the new terms. Even if the former partner agrees however, the government could refuse and sell the foreign-held stakes within a 4-month period to a Russian buyer.
The EU has agreed to an immediate ban on seaborne imports of Russian oil and oil products, representing two-thirds of Europe's total purchases from Moscow. While the decision temporarily allows pipeline imports of crude, those too will eventually be phased out, with Germany and Poland pledging to do so by yearend. European Council President Charles Michel announced the ban in a late-night tweet on 30 May, the first day of a 2-day extraordinary meeting of European leaders in Brussels to address energy and food security. The next day the European Commission, which executes policy decided by the council, clarified that the embargo will be phased in over 6 months, and the ban on refined products will have an 8-month delay. Russia provided nearly 30% of Europe's crude oil imports prior to the conflict in Ukraine and was Europe's largest supplier, sending nearly 2.5 times as much crude to EU member states as its nearest competitor, according to BP's Statistical Review of World Energy.
Finland has chartered a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and regasification vessel (FSRU) from Houston-based Excelerate Energy to process LNG imports starting in Q4 to replace Russian gas supplies. Moscow cut off supplies on 21 May in response to payment disputes coupled with fallout from Finland's NATO bid. Excelerate, a US LNG company headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, will deploy its FSRU Exemplar to the Baltic Sea region under a 10-year contract signed in Helsinki on 20 May with a subsidiary of Gasgrid Finland Oy in Helsinki, both parties announced. The Exemplar will provide regasification services to southern Finland and to Estonia under a cooperation agreement signed on 4 May in which the two countries' gas transmission operators agreed to lease the FSRU jointly. Finland is expected to bear, according to Reuters, 80% of the estimated cost at $487 million) of the decade-long rental, plus additional volume-used costs. State-owned Gasgrid Finland and Estonia's gas transmission operator Elering AS also agreed that the Exemplar would spend the winter in an Estonian port if port infrastructure in Finland was not completed in time.
Novikov, D. A. (Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Siberian Branch of the RAS) | Dultsev, F. F. (Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Siberian Branch of the RAS) | Yurchik, I. I. (Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Siberian Branch of the RAS) | Sadykova, Ya. V. (Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Siberian Branch of the RAS) | Derkachev, A. S. (Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Siberian Branch of the RAS) | Chernykh, A. V. (Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Siberian Branch of the RAS) | Maksimova, A. A. (Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Siberian Branch of the RAS) | Golovin, S. V. (Novosibirsk State University) | Glavnov, N. G. (Gazpromneft STC LLC) | Zhukovskaya, E. A. (Gazpromneft STC LLC)
Geological storage of carbon dioxide has been recognized as a necessary technology for environmental sustainability by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in recent years. Currently, there are no active carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects in Russian Federation; however rich international experience has been accumulated in this area. The main purpose of the research is to substantiate regional geological criteria for assessing the territory of the Russian Federation for the prospects for carbon dioxide disposal. Based on the current international and Russian regulatory frameworks for the disposal of carbon dioxide, industrial effluents, toxic waste, and the arrangement and monitoring of underground gas storage facilities, we have proposed criteria for a regional forecast of the territory in order to implement CCUS projects. The territory of the Russian Federation was assessed in terms of suitability for long-term storage of carbon dioxide. For the first time the territory is divided into high-, medium-, low-promising and unpromising. A map for the implementation of CCUS projects on the territory of the Russian Federation was compiled according to the regional level criteria (scale 1: 2500000) in the form of an ArcGis project. Within the Eastern European hydrogeological region, the most promising artesian basins are: Moscow, Severo-Dvinsky, Vetluzhsky, Volga-Khopersky, Volga-Sursky, Kamsko-Vyatsky. Highly promising also includes the Pechora artesian basin, located within the Pechora-Barents sea platform plate. In the West Siberian region these are the Taz-Pur and Irtysh-Ob artesian basins. In the Arctic sector of the East Siberian hydrogeological region, the greatest prospects should be associated with the Pyasino-Yenisei and Balakhna artesian basins. In the southern part, the Putoransky, Nizhne-Tungussky, Katangsky and Priangarsky artesian basins stand out as the most promising.
Kashirskian sequence deposits of the Moscow stage are promising for replenishing the resource base of the Volga-Ural oil and gas province in conditions of depletion of the basic horizons oil reserves. In the Kashirskian sequence, 8 elementary cyclites are distinguished. These cycites have a similar lithological structure and contain signs subaeral erosion at the top. The cyclites are composed of the following lithological types of rocks: clayey mudstones (1), spongolitic siliceous limestones and silicites (2), organic-rich laminated wackestones (3), bioclastic wackestones-packstones (4), bioturbated packstones (5), foraminiferal grainstones (6), polydetritic grainstones (7), laminated bioclastic packstones (8), microcrystalline massive dolomites (9), microcrystalline laminated dolomites (10) and microcrystalline patterned dolomites (11). The main reservoirs are represented by microcrystalline dolomites with high porosity and relatively low permeability and foraminiferal grainstones, similar in properties to terrigenous reservoirs. The C2ks4 reservoir in the lower part of the Kashirskian sequence is composed of foraminiferal grainstones. It is covered by the seal of clayey limestones lithotype (1). The C2ks1 reservoir layer in the top of the Kashirskian sequence is composed of microcrystalline dolomites. The seal includes of polydetritic grainstones and laminated bioclastic packstones with sulfate inclusions. The middle part of the Kashirskian sequence is characterized by a complex interbedding of dolomite and limestone reservoirs with different filtration-volumetric properties and low-permeability rocks (possible seals). The described structural features of the Kashirskian sequence must be taken into account when calculating reserves, as well as when designing horizontal wells and hydraulic fracturing.
Schlumberger and Russia's Gazprom Neft have agreed to jointly develop digital services across the Russian upstream, including joint creation of new drilling and well-design software while Schlumberger also localizes its solutions across Russia and opens doors for Gazprom Neft technologies internationally. Gazprom Neft's Chief Digital Officer Andrey Belevtsev signed the Memorandum of Cooperation together with Rustam Biktimirov, vice president for digital technologies and integration, Schlumberger Russia and Central Asia, on 29 November, according to a Gazprom Neft news release. "Our focus on localizing full-cycle digital product development is a key element of Schlumberger's business in Russia -- as is partnering with Gazprom Neft in working together on digital transformation," Gokhan Saygi, president, Schlumberger Russia and Central Asia, said in the release. In addition to developing new drilling solutions, the partners aim to create advanced data analytics tools for geological prospecting and hydrodynamic simulations while also targeting enhanced oil recovery (EOR) technologies intended for complex geological conditions. Schlumberger and Gazprom Neft said they will involve Nedra, a Gazprom Neft contractor which develops and integrates digital oil production solutions, the Moscow Research Center (a Moscow city-run research and development entity), and Schlumberger's Tyumen Competency Center in West Siberia, the release said. New technologies developed by the partnership will be based on the International Open Subsurface Data Universe (OSDU) set of standards which Gazprom Neft's Belevtsev said advances his company's goal of "developing an open industry platform and digital oil production data management technologies in conjunction with our international partners.".