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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

June 24-28, 2019 Stavanger (Norway) Intelligent field as a method of increasing production and optimizing costs. Digitization of drilling processes.

A group of executives and specialists from leading Russian oil and gas companies, including Lukoil, Rosneft and Gazpromneft, studied the practical experience and economic effect of implementing solutions for digitizing and automating the drilling and production of hydrocarbons on the continental shelf of the North Sea. Baker Hughes General Electric, Cognite, Weatherford, Exebenus, FutureOn, Kongsberg Digital, Wellit, MHWirth, and others presented their innovative solutions for digitizing key production and business processes to Russian oil companies.

The workshop participants also visited the Norwegian Oil and Gas Research Center NORCE and the experimental Ullrig drilling rig (drilling depth 2.3 km), where robots are being introduced to fully automate the connection of pipes during descent.

Photo: workshop participants at the working level of an experimental Ullrig drilling rig
Photo: Russian executives inspect a robotic pipe manipulator.

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

February 25 – March 2, 2019. The Efficient Organization of Coal Logistics – Bulk Cargo Terminals of the Ports of Ghent and Hamburg. Digitization of Warehouse Complexes. Containing Coal Dust.

The program of the seminar was very intense and included a series of technical visits to the ports of Belgium, Holland, Germany, and to the coal mine and the fully automated coal depot Boksberg.

The seminar participants were extremely impressed by the achieved level of digitalization and reduction of human labor, used during the transshipment of iron ore and coal in the ports, high operational efficiency, which the operators of Hansaport in Hamburg were able to achieve. Hansaport is the largest port for transshipment of coal and iron ore in Germany, where it processes up to 110,000 tons of iron ore and 70,000 tons of coal per day. The storage area for 2 million tons of iron ore and 1 million tons of coal is 350,000 square meters. On the territory there are 4 unmanned locomotives, located 14 km of railway tracks and 10 km of conveyor belts. There are 5 combined stackers and reclaimers working at the same time, and a unique automatic dust suppression system is located throughout the territory. All loading and unloading operations at the port are fully automated.

In the photo: Participants during the inspection of the Hansaport Dispatch Office.

In the photo: Loading of river barges and small-tonnage vessels.

In the photo: Participants get acquainted with the unloading of coal from the Panamax class bulk carrier in the port of Hamburg. The operation must be accurate and synchronized by all participants in the process by the minute due to ebbs and flows to avoid vessel downtime – and most importantly, the dry cargo ship of this class should not be stranded.

In the photo: Automated dust suppression system in action. The diameter of the spread of the jet reaches a diameter of 90 m, effectively covering all areas of the storage of coal and ore.

In the photo: All work is controlled by one operator.

In the photo: The participants of the seminar, accompanied by the leadership of the North Sea Port on the captain’s yacht, inspect the water area of ​​the port of Ghent and the main moorings.

Recently, the two Dutch ports of Wisingen and the Belgian port of Ghent merged into a single commercial structure. The participants familiarized themselves with the work of stevedoring companies and visited the sea terminal for the storage of coal of the company Sea-Invest, on the territory of which 350 plugs of different grades and coal mixtures of various shippers are stored at one time.

In the photo: inspection of the dust suppression system at the Sea-Invest terminal.

In Boxberg, the trip participants visited the largest coal warehouse in Germany, owned by LEAG, which is part of the energy concern Vattenfalle. Over the past 20 years, together with Siemens, the energy concern LEAG has been automating and dispatching transportation from coal mines, storing, mixing different grades and the subsequent shipment of coal, making Boksberg one of the most advanced enterprises in the industry. Here a fantastically high level of automation has been achieved, in particular, a 3D model of warehouses with data on quantity and qualitative composition is used, and simple technology for 8 years of operation amounted to less than 1 percent.

In the photo: During a visit to the control room.

In the photo: During the inspection of the warehouse.

The German specialists were open to discussion with their Russian colleagues, which made the seminar extremely informative. Indeed, it is one thing to listen to presentations from equipment suppliers and consultants, and another to see firsthand how a fully digitized warehouse of bulk cargo works.

Applying CRIRSCO, JORC и NI-43101 Standards for Mineral Reserves Audit. London 11-17 November 2018

The application of CRIRSCO, JORC, NI-43101 and NAEN standards in assessing the geological reserves of metal ores and other solid minerals was considered in practical terms at a seminar in London from 11-17 November 2018.
Mark Campodonic, Director and Consultant, SRK (UK) shared extensive experience in auditing mineral reserves and preparing reports on reserves and reserves with delegates from Kazakhstan and Russian geological and mining companies. This topic is particularly relevant now for the Republic of Kazakhstan, where in 2018 it was decided to introduce international standards for reporting reserves and reserves of KAZRC / CRIRSCO.
Phil Newall, CEO and Dr Yulia Cherepanova from Wardell Armstrong, Luke Balleny from the International Mining and Metallurgical Council, Hilco van Moerkerk, GEOREKA software developer HvM, Michael Pernette from Canadian Geosoft and others also spoke at the seminar.

Photo. At presentation by Mark Campodonic, Director and Chief Consultant, SRK (UK) Ltd.

Photo. Seminar attendees – resource geologists from Kazgeology, Altynalmas, Norilsk Nickel and ArsellorMittal Temirtau

Automation of Underground Operations at Garpenberg and Zinkgruvan Mines by Boliden. Stockholm – Orebro 8-12 October 2018

In October 2018, Russian and Kazakhstani mining companies visited the highly automated underground mines of the Garpenberg company Boliden and Zinkgruvan of Lundin, as well as the production and engineering center of Epiroc in Orebro, Sweden. The topic of dispatching and digitalization remains extremely relevant. The participants of the technical visit had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the activities of dispatching centers both on the surface and at the level of 1,100 meters underground, with the software used, to ask questions to the operators, to visit the working complex, to have a look at the equipment in action and to see the digitized mine.
The Russian and Kazakh participants of the seminar had the opportunity to ask a lot of questions to their Swedish colleagues, followed by a discussion on the practical aspects of digitalization, the activities of unmanned vehicles, posting WIFI on working horizons, planning shift work, industrial safety and labor protection, etc.
Representatives of Polymetal, Norilsk Nickel, AltynAlmas, VIST Asia, Vorkutaugol, Uralkali, GSK-Shakhtproekt, RUSAL, Uralmekhanobr (UGMK) and others took part.

Photo. During a visit to the dispatch control company Boliden at the mine Garpenberg.

Photo. Visit the working space and familiarize yourself with the drilling operations.

Photo. Demonstration of remote control of the “Mine of the future” equipment and software testing while managing a digitized mine at Epiroc.

Photo. Workshop participants during speeches.

Increasing the recovery rate and automating processes at the concentrators: the experience of the Neves-Corvo plant Portugal, October 29 – November 2, 2018

The managers and specialists of Evraz and Norilsk Nickel studied the organization of work at two concentrators at Somincor’s Neves Corvo mine, the Portuguese branch of the Canadian company Lundin, and heard technical reports from leading automation and productivity specialists in the enrichment and logistics units. Great interest was also aroused by the reports of Mark Yseboodt – Siemens AG, Harri Hokka and Harri Lehto – Outotec and Eugen Becker – Thyssenkrupp.
At Neves-Corvo, the workshop participants met with managers and specialists and visited two concentrators at the Somincor mine. At one factory capacity of crushing and enrichment of copper ore is 2.6 million tons per year.
The second factory with a capacity of 1.0 million tons per year, originally intended for the processing of tin, is now producing zinc and copper concentrate.
In both factories, equipment for secondary crushing, grinding systems with rod and ball mills, flotation cells, and systems for compacting and dewatering concentrate are installed.
At the processing complex, additional equipment was mounted for re-grinding of copper tailings with the aim of additional extraction of copper and zinc concentrate from old tailings.
The total number of personnel in two factories that work in five shifts is 219, which also includes maintenance workers, workers of the tailing dump, water purification and drivers of transport for the processing plant.
The mining village of Castro Verde pleasantly impressed the Russian processors with their well-groomed, modern design of houses and a comfortable hotel.

Photo 1 Crushing workshop

Photo 2 The Russian delegation examines a zinc concentrator

Photo 3 Workshop participants in the Neves-Corvo flotation plant

Conference and Technical Workshop on drilling oil and gas wells – Germany September 10-14, 2018

A representative delegation of leading specialists and managers of oil and gas and drilling companies of Russia and Azerbaijan participated in the program of technical visits organized by the Transeuropean Centre and the international drilling conference in Celle.
It was here in 1859 that the first oil well 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.

Participants of this business trip made detailed acquaintance with mobile drilling rigs, coiled tubing units, installations for automatic connection of pipes and other equipment for drilling and production of oil and repair of wells on offshore and onshore platforms.

The delegation visited the technology and production centers of the companies Baker Hughes, Max Streicher GmbH, KOLLER Solutions, Instral BV and Weatherford, as well as the Drilling Simulator Celle at the Clausthal Technical University.

Among the participants of the event were senior managers and engineers of LUKOIL-Nizhnevolzhskneft, Tatburneft, Drilling Systems Co., Gulf Drilling Supply Azerbaijan and Tyumen Industrial University.

Photo: The delegation is viewing latest equipment by Weatherford.

Photo: Russian and Azerbaijan oil and drilling delegation at Celle Drilling Simulator.

30 July – 3 August 2018. Higher Profitability of Coal Companies through Coal Enrichment and Deep Processing Drawing from the Experience of RWE

A week-long industry seminar program was held July 30 – Aug 3, 2018 in Germany on improving the profitability of coal enterprises through enrichment and deep processing of coal drawing from the experience of the German coal company RWE.

The participants of the technical seminar met with specialists of German companies including DMT, RWE, Kuettner, Schenck Process, Loesche, Siebtechnik and Schauenburg MAB, visiting these companies in Dusseldorf, Essen, Darmstadt and Frankfurt am Main. The visit program was intensive.

The main topics of the seminar are related to the development of coal enterprises in the context of stricter requirements for coal specifications, deep coal processing, use of new coking technologies, including in the new generation furnaces.

Representatives of Russian coal-mining and coke-chemical companies, including Stroiservice, Altaykoks, Sibugol, SUEK, Raspadskaya Coal Company visited factories and research centers for the development and production of coal-conditioning equipment: screens, mills, centrifuges, hydrocyclones, crushers, equipment for sorting, classification and sorting of coal.

Within the framework of the seminar and question and answer sessions, the participants studied in detail the latest technologies and innovations in coke chemical production.

Photo: The Russian visiting the company Kuettner.