AEE 2013 Closes in Moscow

October 17, 2013

The 2nd SPE Arctic and Extreme Environments Technical Conference and Exhibition closed Thursday with a lively plenary debate of how best to manage environmental risks in the fragile Arctic environment. AEE drew over 1,400 industry professionals from 26 countries with companies, government and academia weighing in on issues such as sustainable development, project management, training of personnel in Arctic-specific disciplines, cross-border cooperation and marine transport.

“If a Macondo type of accident happens in the Arctic, it will result in a moratorium on activity. The Arctic is all things to all people; it is unique as far as ocean basins are concerned; it is the smallest ocean but it has the longest coastline,” speaker John Campbell, Technical Director for the International Association of Oil&Gas Producers, told the final plenary session.

"I attended this conference in the past and my general impression is that it's getting better, both in terms of quality, attendance and discussed topics," Alexander Papusha, the chair of Continuum Mechanics and Offshore Petroleum Engineering Dept. at the Murmansk State Technical University told organizers. "Last time we proposed that undergraduate and graduate students, our young colleagues, get involved and that proposal was accepted – they are being honored today and their papers have received praise. I think that the forum would benefit it there were more participants from other Arctic countries, namely U.S.A. (Alaska) and Canada."

The three-day event focused around a world-class technical program with peer-reviewed presentations on a wide range of topics related to engineering solutions for Arctic exploration and development of hydrocarbon reserves.

The exhibition side of the event offered participants a hands-on opportunity to explore specific Arctic technologies now on the market. Enhancements to the exhibition experience included a special Arctic Business Theater, Technology Incubator and Knowledge and Science Zone featuring several Russian technical oil and gas universities and R&D centers.

In the adjacent pavilion the exhibitors grabbed their share of the visitors’ interest.

 “Our company is exhibiting here for the first time. We’ve been driven to appear at AEE 2013 by the event’s profile – we specialize in construction in permafrost environment. Arctic and Northern regions are exactly our territory. It’s not a big exhibition, but our target audience is present, there are no accidental visitors here. Moreover, on parallel tracks we also had a conference, which generates a lot of interest,” said Anastasia Ryzhikova,  advertising and information specialist at the Tyumen-based FundamentStroiArkos.

On the closing day of the forum, organizers wrapped up the Student Paper Contest and announced the winners. Nikita Zhuravko from the Moscow State University won in the Masters and diploma category with his paper entitled “3D Post-stack Diffraction Separation and Imaging.”

The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology’s Vasily Golubev won the contest among postgraduates with his paper entitled “Software Development to Assess Seismic Resistance of Oil and Gas Complex Ground Facilities.” Sergey Durkin of Ukhta State Technical University placed second with his work on “The Numerical Mathematical Model of a Well Draining Fractured-Porous Reservoir.” Gubkin State Oil and Gas University’s