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Tatneft Director-General Visits St. Petersburg Mining University

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During the meeting with the rector Vladimir Litvinenko, the parties discussed the prospects of creating a major regional centre in the Republic of Tatarstan, where representatives of science and business will work together to improve the efficiency of hydrocarbon production and processing, as well as increasing the competence of specialists employed in the industry.

On Thursday, September 23, a joint delegation of Shashin Tatneft and Almetyevsk Oil Institute paid a working visit to Mining University. The guests got acquainted with the material base of the St. Petersburg higher school, including museum collections and new laboratories, which opened in the past academic year. In particular, the training and simulation complex for offshore oil and gas production as well as the centre for three-dimensional visualization of oil and gas field facilities.

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“The infrastructure of Mining University is amazing. And both the historical part of the university and the modern buildings, where research and students study,” noted Nail Maganov, Director-General of TATNEFT. “The museum contains unique exhibits, including models and models of mining equipment, some of which were created in the 18th century. The instrument and laboratory base are also impressive, it is obvious that all the necessary conditions for high-quality scientific research have been created here.”

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The leitmotif of the visit was the negotiations with the rector Vladimir Litvinenko, during which the parties agreed to determine by the end of the year the main directions and conditions of the future Center, which is planned to be created in Almetyevsk. Its task will be to develop and implement innovations at the domestic production and processing facilities, which will increase the efficiency of the enterprises and reduce the anthropogenic impact on the ecosystems. Participants in the project should be both higher education institutions, members of the Nedra Consortium of universities, and large oil and gas companies.

Let us note that this initiative is implemented as part of the International Centre of Competence in Mining Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO, established on the basis of St. Petersburg Mining University. The activity of this structure is based on the principle of distribution of functions between foreign and Russian representative offices. They are established in Austria, Germany, China, and many other countries.

Among the Russian partners of the UNESCO Center are PhosAgro and SIBUR. The latter’s site in Tobolsk is used to develop innovations in processing raw materials, particularly associated petroleum gas, assess engineers' competencies, and accredit specialists of production and processing companies for compliance with international standards. This makes it possible to attract the best engineering and technical specialists to the industry and constantly update their knowledge and skills.