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“Drilling in the world of digitalization – innovative technologies and cost reduction during drilling and well operations” September 9-13, 2019 Hanover-Celle-Hanover

Digital ecosystems for well construction, optimization of drilling and production through digitalization and navigation systems for ultra-deep formations were the subjects of a detailed discussion in the program of technical visits organized by the Trans-European Center in September 2019 in Hannover and Celle (Germany).

The seminar was attended by a delegation of managers and leading experts of oil and gas and drilling companies from Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, who also attended the Drilling Celle 2019 international congress on drilling technologies (with simultaneous translation into Russian) in Celle.

It was here that in 1859 the first oil field in Europe was drilled. Now in Celle Hanover there is a cluster of oilfield services companies and manufacturers of innovative equipment for the oil industry.

The delegation visited the technology and production centers of Baker Hughes, Goes Well GmbH and Weatherford Oil Tool GmbH. Among the participants of the event are heads and specialists of LUKOIL and its subsidiaries in Perm, Astrakhan, Kogalym and Usinsk, RITEK, Eriell Group, YugGazEnergia, Kazmunaygaz-Burenie, Burgylau and SibBurMash.

Photo 1. Delegation at the International Congress on Drilling in Celle
Photo 2. Visit to the Technology Center and the Baker Hughes GE manufacturing facility in Celle
Photo 3. Seminar participants inspect drilling equipment at the Weatherford plant in Langenhagen.

Experience of leading metallurgical companies in the field of HSE. Economic and social benefits from the implementation of high standards of industrial safety. August 19-24, 2019 England

A group of managers of the leading Ukrainian metallurgical holding Metinvest studied and analyzed in detail the industrial safety standards that have been implemented at metallurgical and other industrial enterprises in the UK.

Ukrainian metallurgists visited the Normanton Steel Plant in Middlesborugh and the laboratory complex of the Technological Institute of Materials Science, where they got acquainted with the practical design of the safety system and exchanged practical experience with the plant’s specialists.

The seminar was also addressed by representatives of DNV-GL, the European Center for Process Safety (Rugby) and DuPont Sustainable Solutions. 3M / ScottSafety British specialists demonstrated the latest developments and safety equipment when working at heights, and Schenck Process (Germany) talked about the latest technological innovations in the fight against dust and air pollution in industrial premises. The program of the seminar, technical visits and Q&A sessions was informative and practical.

Pictured: workshop participants visiting the Normanton Steel Plant in
Middlesborough

Workshop with technical visits for gold mining companies – Helsinki-Tampere, May 13-17, 2019

“Exemplary, highly productive, environmentally friendly mine”, – so the delegation of leading Russian and Azerbaijani gold companies described the Jokosivu mine of the Australian company Dragon Mining in Finland. The director of the combined mine, Timo Ridaskoski, shared his experience in organizing work and operating safety, showed a rescue chamber with an air supply for 8 hours (in case of an accident), delegates visited the working horizon, where production is under way, and inspected water treatment facilities. He drew attention to a uniquely low rate of injury: over the past 6 years the company has had one minor injury.
The participants in the Industrial Geology section also visited the core storage facility of the National Geological Administration of Finland in Loppi, where more than 3,000 km of core samples of various rocks from all known deposits and mining ore bodies of Finland are stored.
Representatives of Outotec, Weir Minerals, Epiroc, Mineral Exploration Network, Mine On-Line Service, IMA Engineering Ltd, Dr Yulia Cherepanova, Finnish Association for the Sustainable Development of the Mining Industry, etc. spoke to the participants of the seminar.


Photo 1 – Delegation at Jokisivu Mine


Photo 2 – Mining Stope at Jokisivu Mine


Photo 3 – Delegation is Looking at Core Archived at Loppi Facility


Photo 4 – Russian and Azeri Geologists at Core Storage in Loppi

Russian miners in the Swedish Arctic

Representatives of the companies Norilsk Nickel, EVRAZ, Severstal, SPb Mining and KIP-engineering met in the polar city of Kiruna (Sweden) with a view to exploring the latest developments in the field of underground automation and dispatching of companies Epiroc and ABB.

Some of these developments have been implemented at the Malmberget underground mine (an annual production of 18 million tons) of the Swedish state company LKAB, which the delegation visited.

Russian and Kazakh miners were also addressed by leading experts of the Canadian company Bombardier (remote control of underground compositions with ore) and Swedish Metso (the latest development – lightweight bodies of dump trucks with crammed lining).


Photo: 1250m down Malmberget underground mine

Photo: Viewing the conveior belt

Photo: Automatic drill machine

Corporate social responsibility as an element of a long-term sustainable development strategy. November 2017 London

November 20 – 24, 2017 a seminar on the topic “Corporate social responsibility as an element of a long-term sustainable development strategy” was held in London. Heads of companies such as “Severstal”, “Metallinvest”, “Norilsk Nickel”, “Sibur” participated in discussions with Instinctif, Flag Communications, PwC, Kreab, and others on how the activities on sustainable development, social responsibility, support of the local population and ecology are reflected in the reports of such companies as Polymetal, Polyus, SUEK. At the meeting of the International Council on Mining and Metals (International Council on Mining and Metals), the industry’s tasks in the field of sustainable development and social sphere were considered.
On the pictures: Participants visiting Instinctif and discussing annual reports on Corporate social responsibility.

Photo: Participants visiting Instinctif and discussing annual reports on Corporate social responsibility.

Seminar for Russian oil executives in addition to participation at ADIPEC. November 2017 Abu-Dhabi

Representatives of Tatneft and Tagras took part in a technical visit to Abu Dhabi to explore advanced methods of stimulating the inflow, drilling and operation of horizontal wells to increase oil production. The program included a visit to the largest international oil and gas exhibition ADIPEC on November 12-16, 2017.


Photo: discussing latest drilling technologies and bore heads.


Photo: meeting with polymers developers POWELTEC for hydrofructure applications.


Photo: meeting with Baker Hughes


Photo: meeting with Weatherford at ADIPEC exhibition.


Photo: meeting with Schlumberger.


Photo: Tatneft delegation visiting ADIPEC 17

Eldorado Gold “Kishladag” mine in Turkey. October 2017.

From October 2-6, 2017, a technical visit of Russian and Kazakh gold mining companies took place in Turkey to study the experience of the Canadian company Eldorado Gold at the open cast gold mine Kishladag. Participants visited the mine where gold-bearing ore is extracted using heap leaching methods.



Photo: visiting Kishladag mine.


Photo: visitors of open pit operations.

Technical visit to the Magdalena mine in Andalusia. June 2017

From June 26-30, in the province of Andalusia, in the south of Spain, we organized a visit to the Matsala and Agas-Tenidas concentrators and mines of the mining company MATSA, a joint venture between Mubadala and Trafigura. Russian and Kazakh delegations were represented by Norilsk Nickel, Evraz, Kazakhmys, Eurasian Group, AltynAlmac, Polymetal and others. In addition to the inspection of the mines, the concentrator, the laboratories and the MATSA control room, representatives of Metso, SRK, Siemens, ABB, Atlas Copco, Weir, Aurum, Siemens and other companies took part in discussions in Seville.




Photo: visiting Matsa mining operations, Magdalena mine.

In-house training in Astana for KazakhstanTemirZholy (National Railway Company of Kazakhstan) May 2017

From May 16-18, 2017 in the head office of “KazakhstanTemirZholy” a corporate training seminar was held in Astana on the theme: “British law on combating bribery”. More than 30 employees of MTS services, procurement activities, internal control and audit of Kazakhstani railways attended. This underlines the importance that the leadership of Kazakhstan’s rail carrier pays to prevent corruption and improve the skills of officials responsible for the prevention of corruption violations, the adoption of a code of ethics, standards and procedures. The participants of the 3-day inhouse-training got acquainted with the best practices introduced by British and international companies.


Photo: KTZh group meeting with Amicus Legal in Astana.

Reducing unit costs in mining. Visit to Chelopech mine in Bulgaria. March 2017

A delegation of 20 executives of large mining companies in Russia and Kazakhstan visited an underground gold mine, a concentrating mill and an analytical chemical laboratory at Chelopech in Bulgaria owned by the Canadian company Dundee Precious Metals. Participants of the seminar were able to witness first-hand the breakthrough mine automation technologies being implemented. As part of the event, representatives of SRK, Dassault Systemes, Siemens, Metso, Sandvik Mining, ABB and a Bulgarian innovator V. Bonev spoke in detail about their projects and equipment, which were implemented in Chelopech, alongside latest developments in mining and ore enrichment.


Photo: visiting Chelopech site.


Photo: AlynAlmas visiting Chelopech enrichment plant.