Technology Strategy of the Upstream Division
The Upstream Division drafted a Technology Strategy in 2014. It serves as a driver for the Company’s organic growth and is a key to solving the problem of the cost-effective incorporation of hard-to-recover reserves into development. Today, the Technology Strategy encompasses all the division’s priority areas, including technologies for geological exploration and the development of the resource base:
- well drilling and completion technologies;
- enhanced oil recovery and intensification of the inflow;
- development of unconventional reserves;
- development of sub-gas deposits;
- Electronic Asset Development (EAD);
- development of carbonate and fractured reservoirs;
- new generation infrastructure;
- capital construction.
The Technology Strategy is managed by the Management Committee chaired by the First Deputy CEO of Gazprom Neft PJSC.
The Upstream Division has introduced the Technology Management System (TMS), which consists of a structured set of methods, standards, and supporting tools that constitute a single system for managing processes involving the search for, selection, testing, introduction, and replication of technologies.
One of the key components of the TMS is the technological asset development plan (ADP), which consists of a portfolio of technological solutions that are proposed for each specific asset.
The projects implemented within the framework of the Technology Strategy have had a noticeable effect. For example, the technology strategy budget of 2016 was recouped by the results of four major projects in 2017.
The main principles of the Company’s updated Technology Strategy in 2018 should be the effectiveness of incorporating reserves and supporting new production projects. Priorities will include support for new major projects in the early stage of implementation (Yamal or the Yamburgskoye field), the effective incorporation of residual recoverable reserves (RRR) into extraction, the incorporation of hard-to-recover reserves (HRR) into development, and the development of enhanced oil recovery methods.
R&D Strategy of the Downstream Division
The oil refining segment has its own long-term R&D Strategy. Introducing R&D results at oil refineries enables the Company to increase the yield of high-margin products while taking into account the technological conditions of a specific refinery and to also reduce operating costs.
The R&D portfolio is managed at the corporate level by the Oil Refining Directorate. The R&D units of oil refineries are responsible for implementing specific projects. External developers of technologies, including leading domestic scientific organizations and universities, are involved in performing R&D.
In 2017, the oil refining R&D portfolio was comprised of roughly 30 projects in key areas, including the construction of catalysts for catalytic cracking and hydrogenation processes. The economic effect alone from the introduction of the Company’s own catalysts in 2017 exceeded the total R&D costs over the past seven years by more than two-fold.
Innovative Development Programme
In 2016, the Company updated its Innovative Development Programme, which is based on measures that aim to introduce a set of technologies to enhance well productivity as well as the following key projects:
- soda-surfactant-polymer flooding technologies;
- technologies to incorporate unconventional oil reserves into development;
- the development and production of catalysts for catalytic cracking and hydrogenation processes.
In addition, production digitalization projects in the oil production and refining segments are also an important part of the Innovative Development Programme.
Projects that are part of the Technology Strategy and R&D Strategy have been included in the Innovative Development Programme, which primarily targets the Company's partners. This document informs external entities involved in the innovation environment about Gazprom Neft’s technological priorities and needs.