Students from Ural State Mining University (URSMU) recently participated in the II National Oil and Gas Forum in Moscow.
One of the most important events in the oil and gas industry each year, the forum included a presentation by Alexander Novak, minster of Russian Energy, who stressed that the oil and gas industry is the key to Russia’s economy and the future of young Russians.
Novak also discussed fluctuations in hydrocarbon prices as well as Russia’s prospects in the oil and gas market on a global scale in the wake of sanctions against the country.
The Russian politician talked about which technologies fall under the sanctions and must be replaced by 2020. He said leaders of the oil and gas industry are actively seeking domestic innovations for software, compressor equipment, technology, hydro-fracturing and other inventions.
Vlad Gus’kova, a fifth-year student in SF-10, and Catherine Averianova, a fourth-year student in PG-11-3, were able to meet with Novak informally to ask questions.
The forum also included exhibitions on “Modern Technology and Innovation in the Oil and Gas Complex of Russia and the CIS” and “History of Russian Oil from the Sources of Innovation."
Other speakers included Viktor Vekselberg, president of Skolkovo; Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich; and Sergey Donskoy, minister of Natural Resources.
After the forum ended, all the students in attendance received honorary certificates of participation from Novak.