The Company develops technologies that help address challenges as we move towards our strategic objectives.
“From strategic goals to engineering projects” is the principle that underpins Gazprom Neft’s approach to innovations. Our Company develops and implements technologies to tackle challenges on the way to achieving its strategic goals.
In 2018, the portfolio of the Upstream Division’s Technology Strategy included over 100 projects across all priority areas, such as exploration technologies focused on resource base development, well drilling and completion, oil recovery enhancement, capital construction, etc.
In 2018, the Company approved the Offshore Technology Strategy with the following priority areas:
- prospecting and exploration;
- accident monitoring, prevention and management in ice conditions;
- logistics in Arctic conditions;
- Arctic APG utilisation;
- offshore field development;
- safe offshore development;
- introduction of digital technologies.
The technologies being developed in partnership with leading Russian R&D centres and educational institutions enable the Company to increase the yield of high-margin products best suited to each specific refinery while also lowering its operating costs.
Key components of the Company’s innovations infrastructure:
- Scientific and Research Centre provides analytical, methodological and R&D support to the Upstream Division’s key production and technical functions.
- Bazhen Technology Centre is a subsidiary that serves as an open industry platform and aims to bring together the efforts of all stakeholders in order to create a viable technology to develop the Bazhenov Formation.
- Centre for Offshore Competencies is planned to be utilised by the Company to integrate its key competencies in developing and operating offshore projects.
- Technopark of Industrial Automation, established in Omsk as part of the Company’s import substitution strategy, acts as a unique platform for research and development, pilot testing and high-tech solutions for the automation of refineries.
- Technopark of Corporate Information Technologies, based in St Petersburg, aims to establish direct interaction between developers and manufacturers of IT solutions for the oil and gas industry. Gazprom Neft provides its participants with a platform to evaluate and test prospective solutions and innovations.
- House of Innovations, launched in St Petersburg in 2018, is a cross-functional space for project work using end-to-end technologies and data. The House of Innovations brings together leading experts in neural networks, digital platforms, industrial Internet of things, blockchain technologies, augmented and virtual realities and other Industry 4.0 innovations.
Digital transformation is one of the Company’s priorities. Across all segments of our operations, we are building next generation systems of process management. These ensure:
- end-to-end integrated management for maximum value creation;
- digital twins to optimise operating modes and maintenance plans;
- cognitive systems to support decision making by operators.
Projects involve all stages of the value chain from upstream to downstream.
In 2018, Gazprom Neft established the Digital Transformation Directorate, a new unit responsible for effectively implementing IT projects and unlocking synergies in order to bring the Company’s key competencies to a new level.
As part of digital transformation, the Company created centres for competencies in machine learning, AI, augmented and virtual realities, product design, agile software development, etc. The Upstream Division is running the Cognitive Geology and Cognitive Engineering projects and operates the Centre for Capital Construction Management, while the Downstream Division now includes the Efficiency Control Centre and the Omsk and Moscow Refinery Production Control Centre. Also, Gazprom Neft started developing EvOil, a digital platform for production processes, and the Corporate Platform for Analytics and Data Management.