Achievements

This section illustrates the recognized achievements of Gubkin University representatives of different generations – faculty members, students and graduates. These include theoretical underpinnings of the oil and gas potential of the Ural-Volga region, the Timan-Pechora Basin, Western and Eastern Siberia, the Caspian Sea region, the Arctic shelf, known fields, new methods for prospecting, exploration and development of hydrocarbon deposits. Thanks to them, Gubkin University gained the status of the global center of oil and gas education and science.

In 1932 the founder and first director of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin published his famous monograph “Study of Oil”

In 1932 the founder and first director of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin published his famous monograph “Study of Oil”

In this fundamental work, Academician Ivan Gubkin considered the most important issues of the new oil science invented by him, his students and followers. These included the economic importance of oil, its physical and chemical properties, the origin and conditions of occurrence in the earth's crust, the geological structure and location of oil and gas fields, the lithological features and reservoir properties of oil and gas bearing rocks, the methods of search and exploration, and other issues of oil and gas geology. The scientific ideas of Ivan Gubkin stood the test of time and practice. His ideas about the inextricable connection of the fundamental science laid the foundations of the strategy of Gubkin University, which remains unchanged for 90 years.

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The gas survey method of oil fields was first presented

The gas survey method of oil fields was first presented

In 1929–1930, Vasily Sokolov, Professor of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin explained the method of gas surveying of oil fields. The method is based on the capture of gaseous hydrocarbons migrating from oil and gas deposits through the rocks, which cover them to the surface of the earth. The amounts of these hydrocarbons reaching the surface deposits are small, but they are direct evidence of the presence of oil and gas deposits in the relevant region.

The equation for in-situ gas flow was derived

The equation for in-situ gas flow was derived

In 1930, Professor Leonid Leibenzon, Head of the Department of Field Mechanics and Hydraulics at Gubkin University, one of the founders of a scientific school in field (underground) hydromechanics, derived differential equations of gas flow, which allow to determine the filtration rate and gas pressure in the reservoir (Leibenzon equation). In 1943, Leonid Leibenzon was awarded the Stalin Prize for research in the theory of elasticity and oilfield mechanics. The research outcomes were summarized in two textbooks: “The course of the theory of elasticity” and “Flow of live crude oil in porous medium” published in 1942.

The theory of contact-handled sequential batching of petroleum products was developed

The theory of contact-handled sequential batching of petroleum products was developed

In the 1930s, a group of scientists from the Department of Oilfield Mechanics, which included Vsevolod Sergeevich Yablonsky and Pyotr Pavlovich Shumilov , created a theory of sequential pumping of oil products (motor fuels) by direct contact through one pipeline. The significance of this work was determined by the fact that with sequential pumping, the maximum possible use of the throughput of pipelines is achieved and, accordingly, other modes of transport (rail, road, water) are exempted from parallel transportation of oil and oil products.

The methods of correlation of geological cross sections were developed

The methods of correlation of geological cross sections were developed

In 1931, Professor Leonid Pustovalov, Head of the Department of Petrography of Sedimentary Rocks (presently the Department of Lithology) developed the methods of research and correlation of geological cross sections. These methods are used to divide the strata in the outcrop or a well into intervals according to various criteria. Later, in 1941, the scientist was awarded the Stalin Prize for his monograph “Petrography of sedimentary rocks” published in 1940. The book discusses the conditions for the development of sedimentary rocks; describes the most important types of rocks, and the formation of sedimentary strata; outlines the methods and techniques for studying sedimentary rocks.

The scientist of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin became the discoverer of Bashkir oil

The scientist of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin became the discoverer of Bashkir oil

In 1932, an expedition, led by the geological engineer Aleksey Blokhin, Head of the Department of Geology, Professor, discovered the Ishimbayskoye oil field in the Volga-Ural oil province (Second Baku). Aleksey Blokhin was a respected geological engineer and scientist in the country. He became the editor-in-chief of the 25-volume publication “Geology of the USSR” in 1937.

The university scientists discovered the Yarega oil field in the Timan-Pechora Oil and Gas Basin Province

The university scientists discovered the Yarega oil field in the Timan-Pechora Oil and Gas Basin Province

In 1932, Ivan Strizhov, Professor of the Department of Oil Transportation and Storage (presently the Department of Gas and Oil Pipelines Engineering and Operation) and geologist Nikolai Tikhonovich discovered the Yarega oil field, and later in 1935 the Sedyelskoye gas field. The Yarega oil field contained predominantly viscous oil. Since the end of 1939, the oil mining method has become special among the secondary methods of oil recovery. In 1940, under the leadership of Andrey Krems, Head of the Department of Oil and Gas Field Development at Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin, the oil mining method was developed and applied at the Yarega field in Komi ASSR. Until 1945, the field was developed by the conventional borehole method, 38.5 thousand tons were extracted. By 1972, 7.4 million tons were produced. Since 1972, one of the ways to increase oil recovery has been the widespread use of thermoshaft method for the extraction of highly viscous oils.

Thanks to the university scientists, the development of fields began in Krasnodar Krai

Thanks to the university scientists, the development of fields began in Krasnodar Krai

In 1934, at the I.M. Gubkin, a group of specialists from the Institute headed by the Director of the Institute, Academician of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Head of the Department of Geology and Oil Fields Ivan Mikhailovich Gubkin , with the participation of the Head of the Department of Oil Field Mechanics Leonid Samuilovich Leibenzon and Bernard Borisovich Lapuk , the first comprehensive plan for the development of fields in the Krasnodar Territory was created, based on their theory of rational development of oil fields.

The first records of seismic reflection were received in the USSR

The first records of seismic reflection were received in the USSR

In 1934, Grigory Gamburtsev, Head of the Seismic Laboratory of the Petroleum Research Exploration Institute and Lev Ryabinkin, Professor of the Department of Geophysical and Geochemical Exploration Methods registered the first records of seismic reflection on Lake Baikal for the first time in the USSR. The same year, the records of seismic reflection were received in other regions of the USSR. This allowed in 1935 to begin the industrial application of the method in search for oil and gas deposits. In 1966–1971, an analog-to-digital complex for processing seismic data was introduced in three industrial associations under the leadership of Professor Lev Ryabinkin. The Tyumenneftegeofizika trust was provided with the Beta-1 algorithm and direct search program, a complex of utility-type programs (RNP-1). The name of Lev Ryabinkin is given to the marine research vessel “Professor Ryabinkin” built in 1989.

A new downhole motor – a multilobed motor – was developed

A new downhole motor – a multilobed motor – was developed

In 1934–1939, Poytr Shumilov, Associate Professor of the Department of Oilfield Mechanics (presently the Department of Machinery and Equipment for Oil and Gas Industry) and engineers Eyyub Tagiev, Moisey Gusman and Rolen Ioannesyan constructed a new type of turbodrill, which significantly surpassed the then-known Kapelyushnikov turbodrill. The method of turbo-drilling using similar turbodrills became the main one in the USSR. A specially designed multistaged turbine with a number of stages up to 150 was installed in the turbodrill instead of a epicyclic gear unit, which allowed to significantly increase the power of the turbodrill and reduce the rotational speed of the drill bit. In 1942, all authors were awarded the title of the laureates of the Stalin Prize of the third degree; in 1947 they were awarded the title of the laureates of the Stalin Prize of the second degree for the development and widespread application of the method of continuous directional drilling of oil wells.

A catalytic hydropolymerization reaction was discovered to produce high octane gasoline components

A catalytic hydropolymerization reaction was discovered to produce high octane gasoline components

In 1936, Professor Sergey Nametkin, Academician of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Head of the Department of Organic Chemistry and Oil Chemistry discovered catalytic hydropolymerization reaction of unsaturated hydrocarbons. This reaction was used to produce high octane gasoline components. The scientific achievements of Sergey Nametkin were twice awarded the Stalin Prize – for many years of outstanding work in science and technology in 1943 and for the development and application of new synthesis methods of aromatic substances in industry in 1949.

The research work, which contributed to opening of a number of oil fields in Eastern Siberia, was published

The research work, which contributed to opening of a number of oil fields in Eastern Siberia, was published

In 1938, Vasily Senyukov, Head of the Department of Geophysical and Geochemical Exploration Methods published the fundamental monograph “The Tolba River and the oil-bearing capacity of the northern slope of the Aldan Massif”, for which for the first time in the USSR he was awarded the degree of a Doctor of Geology and Mineralogy without any dissertation defense, and three years later – the Stalin Prize of the first degree. In 1946, Vasily Senyukov was also awarded the Stalin Prize of the first degree for the discovery and exploration of the Elshano-Kurdyumskoye gas field near Saratov.

The patterns of the distribution of rare elements in coals were established, which contributed to the targeted search for rare metals in coal basins

The patterns of the distribution of rare elements in coals were established, which contributed to the targeted search for rare metals in coal basins

In 1933-1937, Professor Veniamin Zilbermints, Head of the Department of Mineralogy and Crystallography (presently the Department of Lithology) conducted a series of studies on geochemistry of dispersed elements in coals, and for the first time developed the relevant highly sensitive analytical methods, as well as established the main empirical rules of the distribution in coals of such elements as germanium, vanadium, nickel, beryllium and others. These studies made it possible to conduct a comprehensive development of deposits, including the extraction of a large spectrum of impurity elements from coal and coal waste, mainly valuable rare and precious metals.

The effective method was developed to increase the oil refining depth

The effective method was developed to increase the oil refining depth

In 1939-1940, being a member of a team of authors, Professor Alexander Skoblo, Head of the Department of Oil Refinery Equipment (presently the Department of Oil Refining and Gas Processing Equipment) developed and organized the adoption by the industry of a method for increasing the production of aviation gasoline in existing plants and factories. In 1942, he was awarded the Stalin Prize for this development. In the 1940s, Alexander Skoblo carried out research work on the intensification of oil refining processes: a plant for the production of high-octane gasolines, the methods for production of critical chemical products from petroleum feedstocks. These methods increased the depth of hydrocarbon processing in order to increase the yield of light petroleum products simultaneously with a possible reduction in the number of technological stages of production, which led to a reduction in the cost of manufactured commodity products. In 1946, Alexander Skoblo and a group of specialists were awarded the Stalin Prize for the development of the new method for obtaining important chemical products from oil fractions.

The Yelshanskoye gas field was discovered

The Yelshanskoye gas field was discovered

In 1941, the Yelshanskoye gas field was discovered in the Saratov Region, which initially supplied gas to Saratov and provided energy to Europe’s largest oil refinery, which in its turn supplied Stalingrad with petroleum products. After the defeat of German troops in the battle of Stalingrad, it became possible to supply Moscow with Saratov gas. In 1944–1946, the Saratov – Moscow main gas pipeline was built, connecting Moscow with the Yelshanskoye field — the first in the USSR and the second longest in the world. For the discovery of the Yelshanskoye field in 1950, a graduate of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin Alexander Kutukov was awarded the Stalin Prize.

The faculty members of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin participated in the discovery of the Devonian oil fields

The faculty members of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin participated in the discovery of the Devonian oil fields

On 1 June 1944, the first in the USSR Devonian oil field “Yablonevy Ovrag” was discovered in the Zhiguli mountains. In 1942–1943, despite fierce battles with Nazi Germany, exploration of new oil fields was carried intensively in the Kuibyshev Region, and this led to the expected result. In December 1943, the oil in ancient deposits of the carbonic system was discovered, 150–200 tons of oil was extracted per day at several places in Samarskaya Luka – near the villages of Zolnoye, Yablonevy Ovrag and Troekurovka. On 1 June 1944, when at drilling site No. 41 in Yablonevy Ovrag at a depth of 1522.1 meters the team of the master V.A. Rakov discovered the Devonian oil deposits, a powerful fountain of the Devonian oil hit out of the well for the first time in the USSR. When on 9 June the well’s production rate was estimated, it turned out that it produced more than 500 tons of high-quality “black gold” per day. In 1946, a group of scientists and specialists, including scientists and graduates of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin Mikhail Maltsev, Konstantin Chepikov, Stepan Kuvykin and Tatarkan Zoloev were awarded the Stalin Prize for the discovery of the Devonian oil fields in the eastern regions of the USSR (presently the Volga-Ural region).

The project aimed at the development of the Tuimazinskoye field, one of the largest in the world, was implemented in Bashkortostan

The project aimed at the development of the Tuimazinskoye field, one of the largest in the world, was implemented in Bashkortostan

On 26 September 1944, as part of the field development project, which was commissioned by the USSR People's Commissariat for Oil Industry to be implemented at the design and research office of the Institute, headed by Associate Professor Alexander Krylov (later the academician of the USSR Academy of Sciences, the winner of the Lenin Prize in 1962), a new oil well No. 100 was put into operation at the Tuimazinskoye oil field with a record production rate. The project was based on recommendations for rational well placement, which Alexander Krylov and his colleagues Isaak Charny and Mark Glagovsky prepared in 1942 for the Buguruslanneft trust. The economic effect of the scientific work on the rational development of deposits throughout the USSR was estimated at billions of rubles. The fundamental work made by the project authors “Scientific Foundations of the Development of Oil Fields” published in 1948 with the participation of the head of the Department of Oil and Gas Exploration, Professor Mikhail Mirchink and the graduate of the Institute Nikolay Nikolaevsky, was awarded the USSR Stalin Prize in 1949.

The revolutionary method for fast-track construction of drilling rigs was developed

The revolutionary method for fast-track construction of drilling rigs was developed

In 1945, Yakov Kershenbaum, Head of the Department of Technology for Gas, Oil and Petrochemical Instrument Engineering developed the constructional design (Kershenbaum lift), and as part of the team of authors, the methods for the high-speed construction of towers for drilling oil wells onshore and offshore. Thanks to these developments, the terms of the installation work were significantly reduced and the overall labor productivity in drilling was increased. In 1946, Yakov Kershenbaum was awarded the Stalin Prize for these works.

Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor

Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor

By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on 26 May 1945, Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor for its successful work in training specialists for the oil industry.

A more accurate theory of fluid viscosity was developed

A more accurate theory of fluid viscosity was developed

In 1944–1946, Professor Georgy Panchenkov, Head of the Department of Physical and Colloid Chemistry analyzed and generalized the existing theory of viscosity of fluids, as well as made significant corrections and additions to it. Georgy Panchenkov clarified the laws regulating changes in the viscosity of fluids from density, pressure, temperature, molecular weight and volume of molecules. He developed the formula that combines the external parameters of the system and the properties of fluids and molecules. In 1952, he was awarded the Stalin Prize for this development.

One of the first laboratories for peaceful use of nuclear energy was established in the country

One of the first laboratories for peaceful use of nuclear energy was established in the country

In 1946, on the initiative of Bernard Lapuk, Professor of the Department of Field Mechanics and Hydraulics, one of the first laboratories in the country for the peaceful use of nuclear energy was established. The scientific advisers of the laboratory were Georgy Flerov, Corresponding member of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Leonid Leibenzon, Head of the Department of Field Mechanics and Hydraulics; and the head of the laboratory was Professor Bernard Lapuk. In 1947-1952, the radioactivity logging method was developed, the specialized equipment was created, and the foundations for the interpretation of neutron methods in geophysics were laid in the laboratory. In 1951-1952, more than 30 radioactivity logging systems were produced at the Neftepribor plant under the projects of the laboratory.

The new methods for oxidation of petroleum products and use of crude oils and lubricant additives as demulsifiers were developed; the formulation and technologies for production of anticorrosive additives, oils and lubricants were introduced

The new methods for oxidation of petroleum products and use of crude oils and lubricant additives as demulsifiers were developed; the formulation and technologies for production of anticorrosive additives, oils and lubricants were introduced

In 1947, Nikolay Chernozhukov, Professor of the Department of Chemistry and Technology of Oils and Lubricants (presently the Department of Chemistry and Technology of Lubricants and Chemometology) was awarded the Stalin Prize for the development of a new method for oxidation of petroleum products and use of crude oils and lubricant additives as demulsifiers. The same year, the scientist in collaboration with the faculty member of the Department of Oil and Gas Processing Technology Daniil Velikovsky were awarded the Stalin Prize for these developments. Nikolay Chernozhukov and his colleagues conducted research on the development of the formulation and technologies for production of anticorrosive additives (they neutralize acids, form a protective adsorption or chemisorption film that impedes the reaction of acids with a metal surface, binds moisture that causes corrosion), and preservation lubricants (used to preserve products and parts to reduce their corrosion) and oils for hydraulic systems and other objects.

Romashkinskoye oil field, the largest in Russia, was discovered with the participation of Gubkin University representatives

Romashkinskoye oil field, the largest in Russia, was discovered with the participation of Gubkin University representatives

In 1948, the Romashkinskoye oil field was discovered in the Volga-Ural oil province on the territory of the Republic of Tatarstan, the largest oil field in the USSR at that time and one of the largest in the world. The field today, after 69 years of intensive exploitation, yields over 15 million tons of oil annually or half of the volumes produced in the Republic of Tatarstan. For the participation in the discovery of the Romashkinskoye oil field in 1950, the scientists Mikhail Mirchink and Ilya Shpilman were awarded the Stalin Prize. In the design of the field development system, an outstanding role was played by Alexander Krylov, Head of the Design and Research Bureau of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin and Professor Vladimir Shchelkachev, Head of the Department of Theoretical Mechanics.

The method of stimulating oil production by edge water flooding at the Tuymazinskoye oil field was developed

The method of stimulating oil production by edge water flooding at the Tuymazinskoye oil field was developed

In 1950, Professor Vladimir Shchelkachev, Head of the Department of Theoretical Mechanics and the graduates of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin Mikhail Maksimov, Stepan Kuvykin, Georgy Kipsar, Tatarkan Zoloev were awarded the Stalin Prize for the developed method of stimulating oil production by edge water flooding, which was applied in the development of the Tuymazinskoye oil field and significantly increased oil recovery.

The new aviation materials were developed and brought into use

The new aviation materials were developed and brought into use

In 1950, as part of the team of authors, Professor Alexander Topchiev, Head of the Department of Organic Chemistry and Oil Chemistry (later Vice-president of the USSR Academy of Sciences), Nikolay Nametkin, Associate Professor of the Department of Organic Chemistry and Oil Chemistry and Mikhail Kusakov, Head of the Department of Physics became laureates of the Stalin Prize of USSR for participating in the development and adoption of new aviation materials.

Development of the effective methods for calculating non-isothermal nonsteady flows of long-distance pipelines

Development of the effective methods for calculating non-isothermal nonsteady flows of long-distance pipelines

From the 1950s to the 1980s, the faculty members of the Department of Transportation and Storage of Oil and Gas, including professors Vsevolod Yufin, Mikhail Lurye, Veniamin Maron, Evgeny Yakovlev, Sergey Chelintsev and Alexander Prokhorov, conducted research and laid the theoretical foundations of non-isothermal nonsteady flows of long-distance pipelines, as well as developed the methods of thermohydraulic calculations, based on which the pipelines for the “hot” oil pumping were designed and built. The methodology for the production and use of depressant additives for the transportation of oils with anomalous properties, including the Usa-Ukhta oil pipeline, was substantially developed. These achievements ensured smooth transportation of significant volumes of oil and natural gas from the largest fields in Western Siberia through the main pipelines to the central part of the country and abroad.

The university graduate, discoverer of oil and gas fields in the Lower Volga region

The university graduate, discoverer of oil and gas fields in the Lower Volga region

In 1949-1951, Fedor Alekseev, a graduate of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin, who was the manager of the Stalingradneftegazrazvedka trust, participated in prospecting hydrocarbon deposits in the Lower Volga region. These works culminated in the discovery of the Zhirnovskoye, Bakhmetyevskoye and a number of other oil and gas fields, for which in 1952 Fedor Alekseev was awarded the Stalin Prize. Later he was focused on research and application of nuclear methods in geology and geophysics. These studies were reflected in the monographs “The Use of Nuclear Methods in Petroleum Geology” (1965) and “Nuclear Geophysics” (1978).

Establishment of the first Department of Applied Mathematics in the system of higher oil and gas education

Establishment of the first Department of Applied Mathematics in the system of higher oil and gas education

In the year of the 90th anniversary of Gubkin University, the 50th anniversary of the Department of Applied Mathematics is also celebrated. Its founder and first manager was Nikolay Buslenko, a member of the Presidium of the Scientific Council of the USSR Academy of Sciences on the complex problems of cybernetics. His works on computer modeling of complex systems operating under the influence of a large number of interdependent random factors were widely known; his later works were focused on computer methods for the quantitative and qualitative study of large systems. His contribution to the development of the Monte Carlo method as a tool in solving complex applied problems of probability theory and mathematical statistics is significant.

The student of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin invented an air cushion hovercraft

The student of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin invented an air cushion hovercraft

In 1953, the student of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin Gennady Turkin defended his graduation project, the theme of which was a vehicle without wheels. For the first time in the world, the idea of an air cushion vehicle was formulated and scientifically proved. Turkin's vehicle was hovering. In 1955, in Khlebnikov, near Moscow, Gennady Turkin tested the first full-size air cushion hovercraft. During the first tests, the four-kilogram vehicle model lifted 12–16 kg of load.

Opening of the Berezovsky gas-bearing region in the Trans-Urals

Opening of the Berezovsky gas-bearing region in the Trans-Urals

In 1953, geologists from Tyumen discovered the Berezovsky gas-bearing region, adjacent to the eastern slope of the Ural Mountains. Among them there was Sofya Belkina, a graduate of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin. She became one of the pioneers of the Shaim oil region, the Tazovskoye gas region, the Megionskoye, Ust-Balykskoye and other oil fields in Western Siberia. In 1964, Sofya Belkina was awarded the Lenin Prize.

The university student became the Olympic champion in rowing

The university student became the Olympic champion in rowing

In 1956, Alexander Berkutov, a student of Gubkin University, became the winner at the Olympic Games in Melbourne, and in 1960 he received a silver medal in double rowing competition at the Olympic Games in Rome.

Gazlinskoye field was discovered in Western Uzbekistan

Gazlinskoye field was discovered in Western Uzbekistan

In the 1950s, Professor Aleksander Bakirov, Head of the Department of Theoretical Foundations of Oil and Gas Search and Exploration proposed the method of stratigraphic well drilling in order to systematically identify the prospects of oil and gas potential in underexplored areas of the country. The introduction of this method made it possible to quickly discover new oil and gas provinces and identify the largest gas fields (Berezovskoye in Western Siberia, Shebelinskoye in the north-eastern Ukraine, etc.), and in 1956, the Gazlinskoye field was discovered in Western Uzbekistan with the help of this method. The initial recoverable gas reserves reached 470 billion cubic meters. In 1960, Alexander Bakirov was awarded the Lenin Prize for the participation in the discovery of the largest Gazlinskoye gas field.

Opening of the Bazhenov Formation

Opening of the Bazhenov Formation

Fabian Gurari, a university graduate (class of 1940), while working in the Siberian branch of the All-Russia Petroleum Research Exploration Institute in 1950-1960, organized exploration works in the south of the West Siberian Plain. He led the Ob-Irtysh geological expedition, and supervised oil and gas exploration in the central regions of the West Siberian Plain. For the first time on the Siberian platform, 4 formations were distinguished in the general stratigraphic scale of the Cambrian system: Aldansky, Lensky, Amginsky, Maysky. A particularly significant result of his work during this period was the allocation of a high bituminous Bazhenov formation, which combined a generator, collector and screen, the main source of the province. In 1961, Fabian Gurari predicted the possibility of detecting in it industrial accumulations of oil in fractured reservoirs. The forecast was confirmed seven years later by oil discovery in Salym.

The new method for stimulation of oil production by contour water flooding was developed and brought into use

The new method for stimulation of oil production by contour water flooding was developed and brought into use

For active participation in the development and practical implementation of the innovative method of developing the largest in Europe Romashkinskoye oil field, the graduates of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin – Minodora Ivanova, Alexander Krylov, Alexander Choporov, Alexander Buchin, Mikhail Maksimov, Rafkhat Mingareev were awarded the Lenin Prize in 1962.

The theoretical foundations for design and construction of gas storage facilities were developed

The theoretical foundations for design and construction of gas storage facilities were developed

At the very beginning of the 1960s, a group of the University scientists, including Arkady Shirkovsky, Evgeny Levykin and the group leader, Stalin Prize laureate, head of the Department of General and Underground Hydromechanics, Professor Isaak Charny, the author of the theory of using horizontal and shallow-lying water producing formations for underground gas storage facilities, were involved in the design and construction of the Gatchina underground gas storage facility near Leningrad. The unique nature of the works consisted in the successful solution of the problem of gas injection into low-amplitude traps of horizontal shallow-lying water producing formations. Such works in the construction of underground gas storage facilities were performed for the first time in the world.

The admixture for glaucoma medications was developed

The admixture for glaucoma medications was developed

In the 1960s, in the laboratory of the Department of General and Analytical Chemistry, under the supervision of Professor Kuzma Zhigach, Rector, Head of the Department of General and Analytical Chemistry (presently the Department of General and Inorganic Chemistry), an admixture for glaucoma medications was developed. Based on the reviews of the USSR Ministry of Health, a half-kilogram of this component was enough to provide all patients in the country with a modified medication.

The method of controlled directivity reception of seismic waves for prospecting and exploration of mineral resources under difficult geological conditions was introduced

The method of controlled directivity reception of seismic waves for prospecting and exploration of mineral resources under difficult geological conditions was introduced

In 1970, Lev Ryabinkin, Professor of the Department of Geophysical and Geochemical Exploration Methods (presently the Department of Exploration Geophysics and Computer Systems), Yuri Napalkov-Sofinsky, Associate Professor of the Department of Geophysical and Geochemical Exploration Methods, Yuri Voskresensky and Vladimir Znamensky, Professors of the Department of Geophysical and Geochemical Exploration Methods developed the method of controlled directivity reception of seismic waves for prospecting and exploration of mineral resources under difficult geological conditions, for which they were awarded the State Prize in 1970.

The first in the world gas hydrate deposits were discovered

The first in the world gas hydrate deposits were discovered

In 1971, the faculty members of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin: Professor Foma Trebin, Head of the Department of Development and Operation of Gas and Gas Condensate Fields, Andrey Trofimuk, Nikolay Chersky and Viktor Vasiliev established experimentally a previously unknown property of natural gases to form in the earth crust deposits of the solid gas-hydrate state under certain thermodynamic conditions (temperature up to 295 K, pressure 250 atm). On 4 March 1971, the scientific discovery No. 75 with a priority of 1961 was registered with the State Committee for Inventions and Discoveries under the Council of Ministers of the USSR.

The unified methodology for estimation of oil and gas reserves was developed

The unified methodology for estimation of oil and gas reserves was developed

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the faculty members of the Department of Field Geophysics under the guidance of Valery Dobrynin, Professor of the Department of Geophysical Information Systems developed the methods for estimation of oil and gas reserves, which were approved by the Expert Technical Council of the State Commission for Reserves under the Council of Ministers of the USSR and put into practice.

The fast track methods for construction of pipeline systems were developed

The fast track methods for construction of pipeline systems were developed

In the early 1970s, under the guidance of Professor Vsevolod Berezin, Head of the Department of Construction and Repair of Gas and Oil Pipelines and Storage Facilities and Pyotr Borodavkin, Professor of the Department of Construction and Repair of Gas and Oil Pipelines and Storage Facilities, the fast track methods for the construction of pipeline systems were developed (the method of “stream” construction, the method of trenchless vibro-laying of pipelines over embankments of roads and railways, etc.). These methods were used in the construction of the Yamburg-Samotlor oil pipeline and the Medvezhye-Moscow gas pipeline. The results of these works were presented in the textbook “Construction of Long-distance Pipeline” by Vsevolod Berezin and Pyotr Borodavkin, and used by many generations of hydrocarbon oil and gas transportation specialists.

Bazayskoye gas field was discovered in Western Kazakhstan

Bazayskoye gas field was discovered in Western Kazakhstan

Radim Goretsky, a graduate of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin (class of 1952) became one of the pioneers of the Bazayskoye gas field in Western Kazakhstan (1964). His research outcomes helped to reveal the spatiotemporal factors of the location of many minerals and even to open a new gas-bearing region in the Aral Sea region. In 1969, Radim Goretsky was awarded the USSR State Prize for drawing a tectonic map of Eurasia and developing the monograph “Tectonics of Young Platforms of Eurasia”.

Orenburg gas condensate field was discovered

Orenburg gas condensate field was discovered

In 1966, Stepan Maksimov, a graduate of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin, became the discoverer of the Orenburg gas condensate field. In 1980, he was awarded the diploma and the badge “Field Discoverer”. In 1983, Stepan Maksimov was awarded the USSR State Prize for the discovery of a comprehensive mineral deposit.

The unique Shatlyk gas field was discovered in the Karakum desert

The unique Shatlyk gas field was discovered in the Karakum desert

Mars Ashirmamedov, a graduate of Moscow Institute of Petrochemical and Gas Industry named after Ivan Gubkin (class of 1963), for many years supervised the works, as a result of which the unique Shatlyk gas field was discovered in the Turkmen SSR in 1968 as well as its detailed exploration and preparation for the development were carried out in the difficult conditions of the Karakum desert. In 1974, the merits of Mars Ashirmamedov were appreciated by awarding him the USSR State Prize.

The largest gas field in Yamal is named after the university graduate V.D. Bovanenko

The largest gas field in Yamal is named after the university graduate V.D. Bovanenko

In 1971, the largest gas field was discovered on the Yamal Peninsula, named after the outstanding geologist Vadim Bovanenko, a graduate of Moscow Institute of Petrochemical and Gas Industry named after Ivan Gubkin (class of 1954). In 1958, Vadim Bovanenko led the Yamal-Nenets exploration expedition to confirm the forecasts of Academician Ivan Gubkin on the oil and gas potential of Yamal. He became the organizer and the first leader of exploration in the Yamal-Nenets National District. Vadim Bovanenko is a direct participant in the discoveries of the Tazovskoye, Novoportovskoye, Gubkinskoye, Zapolyarnoye, Urengoyskoye deposits, the author of the invention of the land seismic survey boom. Streets in Siberian cities like Salekhard, Labytnangi and Tyumen are named after Vadim Bovanenko.

V.N. Shadrin in the USSR ice hockey team – a two-time Olympic champion

V.N. Shadrin in the USSR ice hockey team – a two-time Olympic champion

Vladimir Shadrin is the only Gubkin University graduate (class of 1975) who became a two-time Olympic champion in 1972 and 1976 as part of the USSR national team at the Olympic Games in Sapporo and Montreal in ice hockey competitions.

Oil and gas fields discovered in the Komi Republic

Oil and gas fields discovered in the Komi Republic

Sergey Dyusushe, a graduate of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin (class of 1960), a pioneer of industrial development of the north, who supervised drilling and exploration of oil and gas fields in the northern part of the Timan-Pechora oil and gas province in the Komi Republic since the beginning of the 70s, became one of the pioneers of the West-Tebukskoye, Pashninskoye, North-Savinoborskoye, Vuktylskoye, as well as the largest in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug Kharyaginskoye oil fields. One of the oil fields of the Khoreyver Depression on the territory of the Nenets District (Dyusushevskoye) was named after Sergey Dyusushe.

The cycling process was developed as an effective method for increasing the condensed fluid reservoir recovery

The cycling process was developed as an effective method for increasing the condensed fluid reservoir recovery

In 1975-1978, a group of the University graduates, including Nikolay Portyanko, Pyotr Shmyglya and Oleg Andreyev, supervised by the head of the Department of the Development and Operation of Gas and Gas Condensate Fields, Professor Yuri Korotaev, developed and introduced a system for the development and operation of unique gas and gas condensate deposits of Western Siberia. In 1978, they all became laureates of the USSR State Prize for the development of a set of scientific and technical solutions for accelerated commencement of the Medvezhye field in the Far North. The proposed method significantly increased the condensed fluid reservoir recovery.

The university graduate played an outstanding role in the development of the largest in the country Samotlor oil field

The university graduate played an outstanding role in the development of the largest in the country Samotlor oil field

In 1977, Roman Kuzovatkin, a graduate of Moscow Institute of Petrochemical and Gas Industry named after Ivan Gubkin, was awarded the USSR State Prize for the development and implementation of new highly effective scientific, technical and engineering solutions for the development of the Samotlor oil field in a short time, in particular, the industrial method of gas lift was developed, when oil comes from the reservoir to the surface with gas energy. This method significantly improved oil recovery. Roman Kuzovatkin had been working at the Samotlor field for more than 10 years. In 2004, a field at the Chupalsky licensed site, streets in Nizhnevartovsk, Nefteyugansk and Poikovsky were named after Roman Kuzovatkin.

The more environmentally-friendly seismic prospecting method was developed

The more environmentally-friendly seismic prospecting method was developed

In 1978, Sergey Lovlya, Head of the Laboratory of NPO Neftegeofizika under the Ministry of Geology of the USSR, Professor of the Department of Geophysical Well Logging of Moscow Institute of Petrochemical and Gas Industry named after Ivan Gubkin (presently the Department of Geophysical Information Systems) became a laureate of the USSR State Prize for the development and industrial introduction of “non-explosive” seismic sources for offshore areas, ensuring the preservation of the surrounding environment.

The production method of jet fuel used as aviation fuel was improved

The production method of jet fuel used as aviation fuel was improved

In the late 1970s, a group of the University scientists, including Vladimir Tyurin, Irina Podolskaya and Vladimir Lupandin, under the guidance of the corresponding member of the USSR Academy of Sciences Nikolay Nametkin, developed the fundamentally new method for the complete purification of oil products from mercaptan sulfur, thereby improving the technology for the production of jet fuel used as aviation fuel. This technology established the European requirements for sulfur content in fuel for many years ahead.

The new design of a sucker rod pumping unit was developed

The new design of a sucker rod pumping unit was developed

In the 1970s, the Department of Machinery and Equipment for Fields, Pumping and Compressor Stations (presently the Department of Machinery and Equipment for Oil and Gas Industry) under the supervision of Georgy Molchanov, Head of the Department, and the Industrial Laboratory for Oilfield Equipment proposed a new design of the AGN-L deep-well pumping unit with a hydraulic drive, 10–20 times less metal-intensive, with increased mounting ability, which enhanced oil intake from the well by 10%. The installation was patented and accepted into serial production, its launch gave a great economic effect.

The basics of the container pressure-pneumatic system were developed

The basics of the container pressure-pneumatic system were developed

In the 1970-1980s, a group of scientists from the Department of Design and Operation of Gas and Oil Pipelines, headed by Mikhail Lurie, developed the basics of the theory and put into practice the technology of transporting bulk and piece load in containers and container trains moving under the influence of compressed air through the pipeline. Container pneumatic transport is now becoming increasingly relevant both in Russia and across the world. The monograph “Container Pipeline Pneumatic Transport” by Mikhail Lurie and his colleagues, issued in the USSR in 1979, was translated and published abroad.

Moscow Institute of Petrochemical and Gas Industry named after Ivan Gubkin was awarded the Order of the October Revolution

Moscow Institute of Petrochemical and Gas Industry named after Ivan Gubkin was awarded the Order of the October Revolution

By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on 16 April 1980, Moscow Institute of Petrochemical and Gas Industry named after Ivan Gubkin was awarded the Order of the October Revolution for training highly qualified specialists for the national economy and significant contribution to the development of science.

The reaction of obtaining esters of thio-carboxylic acids was opened

The reaction of obtaining esters of thio-carboxylic acids was opened

In 1986, Vladimir Vinokurov, Head of the Surfactant Industry Laboratory at the Department of Physical and Colloid Chemistry, discovered the reaction for producing thio-carboxylic acids esters, the mechanism of which was proved by the quantum-chemical methods. The fundamental discovery for organic synthesis opened up the possibility of obtaining new chemical compounds. Later, Vladimir Vinokurov developed additives for motor fuels of the DAKS series, reagents for intensifying oil production RITIN-10, a reagent for drilling fluids Ritizan, a nanopolymer reagent for selective waterproofing RITIN-nano.

The methods to improve the efficiency of oil and gas field development in difficult geological conditions (Eastern Siberia) were worked out and adopted

The methods to improve the efficiency of oil and gas field development in difficult geological conditions (Eastern Siberia) were worked out and adopted

In the first half of the 1980s, a team of the University faculty members, including Academician Anatoly Dmitrievsky, Head of the Department of Lithology and System Research of the Lithosphere as a group leader, Professor Oleg Angelopulo, Head of the Department of Oil and Gas Drilling, Professor Yuri Korotaev, Head of the Department of Development and Operation of Gas and Gas Condensate Fields, Professor Leonid Mukhin, Head of the Department of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Vasily Gorodnov, Head of the Laboratory for the Synthesis of Water-soluble Cellulose Ethers, Miron Rapoport, Vladimir Shraibman and Sumbat Zakirov, Professors of the Department of Field Geophysics, worked out and adopted the scientific and technical solutions to improve the efficiency of oil and gas field development in difficult geological conditions. In 1986, this work was awarded the USSR State Prize.

For the first time among the universities of the fuel and energy and mineral resource complexes, the Department of Mining Law was established

For the first time among the universities of the fuel and energy and mineral resource complexes, the Department of Mining Law was established

In 1991, on the initiative of Professor Vladimir Vinogradov, Rector of Gubkin University, the first in the country Department of Mining Law was established. Professor Alexander Perchik, one of the leading and respected experts in the field of legal support of production sharing agreements in joint development of hydrocarbon deposits with foreign investors, was invited to the position of the head of the department. In 1993-1995, under his leadership, the Federal Law “On Oil and Gas” as well as draft laws of a number of constituent territories of the Russian Federation (including Tyumen Oblast, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug) were developed and adopted by the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. In-depth knowledge of the industry and experience in the legislative sector allowed him to be the first in Russia to begin developing Mining Law – a new discipline in modern jurisprudence. Alexander Perchik is the author of 3 monographs: “Production Sharing Agreements” (1999), “Leasing in Oil and Gas Production” (2001), “Dictionary of Mining Law” (2000).

The new program for training specialists in operation and maintenance of equipment and machinery in the oil and gas industries was opened

The new program for training specialists in operation and maintenance of equipment and machinery in the oil and gas industries was opened

In 1991, the first graduation of mechanical engineers was held at Gubkin University, majored in Equipment and Technology for Increasing Wear Resistance and Reconstructing Parts of Machines and Devices. This new major for the higher school of the country was opened at the University three years earlier at the initiative of Professor Vladimir Vinogradov, Rector of Gubkin University. Hero of Socialist Labor, the first president of the Union of Rectors of the USSR and Russia Vladimir Vinogradov was one of the founders of the scientific school “Tribology of metals and machine components”. The development of a new major was facilitated by the experience gained over decades of scientific research aimed at increasing the durability of friction units of machines and equipment carried out by Vladimir Vinogradov and his colleagues – outstanding scientists and specialists, including professors Gennady Shreiber, Georgy Sorokin, Lev Livshits. Research outcomes, methods, and data of statistical surveys of oil and gas equipment were used in special disciplines. To a large extent, this continuity determines today the potential of the scientific school of Vladimir Vinogradov.

The first among technical universities, two-level higher education system was implemented

The first among technical universities, two-level higher education system was implemented

In 1993, on the instructions of the university rector Vladimir Vinogradov, the Teaching and Methodological Department of the University (headed by Viktor Sheinbaum) and the Department of Theoretical Foundations of Oil and Gas Exploration (headed by professor Viktor Filippov), the first 11 four-year students of the Department were selected to continue their education at a master’s degree level. In accordance with the approved standard, the first master's degree curriculum was prepared by the engineering university of the country. Simultaneously, it was decided to establish a branch of the University in Nefteyugansk – a college focused on training bachelor students with a possibility to continue their studies in Moscow at a master's degree level. The admission of the first-year students was organized by Albert Vladimirov, the successor of Vladimir Vinogradov at the rector's post. De facto Gubkin University became the first among technical universities to introduce a two-level system of higher education. The mentioned 11 students received their master's degrees in 1995.

The oil and gas province of the Arctic shelf was discovered

The oil and gas province of the Arctic shelf was discovered

Yankif Malovitsky, a graduate of Moscow Oil Institute named after Ivan Gubkin (class of 1955) became the winner of the State Prize of the Russian Federation in 1995 for the scientific justification and discovery of a new large oil and gas province on the shelf of the Western Arctic in the late 1980s (Shtokman gas condensate field and Prirazlomnoye oil field).

The international engineering encyclopedia, which included over 40 volumes, was published

The international engineering encyclopedia, which included over 40 volumes, was published

In 1994, Vsevolod Kershenbaum, Head of the Department of Standardization, Certification and Quality Management of Oil and Gas Equipment became an editor-in-chief when developing the International Engineering Encyclopedia. The Encyclopedia included over 40 volumes and reviewed the national and international standards (juxtaposing them in terms of terminology, structure and content) in various fields of engineering and technology, as well as summarized the analytical reviews and monographic materials on specific issues of the industrial complex. A series of publications was prepared jointly with scientists from the Russian Academy of Engineering and the Russian Union of Scientific and Engineering Public Associations.

The all-Russian Pushkin Youth Festival became the only nationwide arts competition at a technical university

The all-Russian Pushkin Youth Festival became the only nationwide arts competition at a technical university

Since 1994, Gubkin University has held Pushkin Student Poetry Competition, the only festival of this kind organized by a technical university. In 1998, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Pushkin and by the decision of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, the competition was transformed into the all-Russian Pushkin Youth Arts Festival. The goal of the festival is to keep up and develop the traditions of Russian culture, preserve Russian literature and literary language, strengthen cultural ties, and enrich the young generation intellectually through introduction to Pushkin creativity and values of Russian culture.

The first in Russia Department of Offshore Oil and Gas Field Development, which brought together leading scientists and specialists of the country, was established

The first in Russia Department of Offshore Oil and Gas Field Development, which brought together leading scientists and specialists of the country, was established

On 14 July 1998, by the decision of the Academic Council, the first department of offshore oil and gas field development was established in Russia, which aimed at training master’s degree students – specialists with competencies in multivariate analysis and design of complex multidisciplinary systems, and knowledge of the latest offshore drilling technologies on the Arctic shelf, development of underwater oil and gas fields with the help of robotic technological complexes. At that moment, the problem of training personnel in this area became extremely urgent, as the development of the hydrocarbon resources of the Russian shelf and the Arctic became one of the priorities for the state.

Professor Boris Nikitin, a graduate of Gubkin University, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Member of Gazprom Management Committee, Head of Rosshelf Corporation, and ex-First Deputy Minister of the Oil and Gas Industry of the USSR, who oversaw the issues of exploration and development of offshore fields, became the head of the department. Leading scientists and specialists of the country in geology of offshore oil and gas provinces and exploration of offshore fields, offshore drilling, oil and gas production equipment and technology, and construction of offshore pipelines joined Boris Nikitin in his work at the department. Among them were professors, doctors of sciences, authors of textbooks and fundamental monographs on offshore oil and gas engineering, including Dilijan Mirzoev, Lev Rovnin, Marat Mansurov, Ramis Tagiev, Alexander Oganov, Alexander Dzyublo, Valentin Strelchenko, leading industry specialists, candidates of sciences – German Belyanin and Vladimir Boyko.

The fundamental research in gas field development of the Far North was conducted

The fundamental research in gas field development of the Far North was conducted

In 1998, as a member of the team of authors, Anatoly Dmitrievsky, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Head of the Department of Lithology and System Research of the Lithosphere, and Fabian Gurari, a University graduate, were awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation for a series of works titled “Forecasting, exploration and development of gas fields in the Far North of Siberia”.

The urgent environmental problem of the Caspian Sea was solved

The urgent environmental problem of the Caspian Sea was solved

In 2002, Albert Vladimirov, Rector of Gubkin University, Head of the Department of Oil Refining and Gas Processing Equipment, Stanislav Meshcheryakov, Head of the Department of Industrial Ecology and a graduate of the University Grigory Gendel became laureates of the Russian Federation State Prize for the work “Comprehensive solution to the problem of the safe development of unique hydrogen sulfide-containing oil and gas resources of the Caspian region” (theory and practice). This work described the development and practical implementation of automatic monitoring of air pollution in the sanitary protection zone of the Caspian Sea and beyond. A control system was also invented using the developed programs; it allowed in the online format to openly inform the public about the environmental status of the Astrakhan gas complex, which reduced the response time in emergency situations.

On request of Gazprom, the new technologies were developed and the specifications for new catalysts for chemical processes of oil and gas processing were approved

On request of Gazprom, the new technologies were developed and the specifications for new catalysts for chemical processes of oil and gas processing were approved

In the early 2000s, under the contract with PJSC Gazprom, a research team led by Alexey Dedov, Head of the Department of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, developed new technologies and new catalysts for the oxidation of methane in synthesis gas processes, as well as for obtaining high-octane gasoline components. The customer approved specifications for these technologies and catalysts. In addition, Academician Alexey Dedov and his students conducted research for PJSC Gazprom and patented biocomposites for non-waste discharge treatment and created an existing (model) non-waste discharge treatment plant at Gazprom enterprises. In 2019, a group of young scientists led by Alexey Dedov successfully completed research work on the development of the express method, which allows fuel control services at gas stations and tank farms to determine the metal content in the fuel.

The new methods for field exploration and development using the examples of the Caspian Sea and the Volgograd region sectors were developed

The new methods for field exploration and development using the examples of the Caspian Sea and the Volgograd region sectors were developed

Ravil Maganov, a university graduate, three times won the prize of the Government of the Russian Federation: in 1998 – for the development and industrial application of new technologies, methods of exploration, well drilling, production, technical means and materials that provide highly efficient development and accelerated entry into operation of large oil fields using the example of the Volgograd region; in 2000 – for the development and implementation of 201 economic and industrial risk management systems and the organization of rational nature management at PJSC Lukoil; in 2006 – for the development and industrial implementation of rational complexes of geological and geophysical research and eco-efficient technologies for the construction of offshore wells, which ensured the opening of a new large oil and gas sub-province in the Russian sector of the Caspian Sea and accelerated preparation of the oil and gas production resource base.

Gubkin University was awarded the Order of Friendship of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Gubkin University was awarded the Order of Friendship of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

By the decree of the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on 13 June 2000, Gubkin University was awarded the Order of Friendship for special merits in assisting the oil and gas industry of Vietnam in training specialists and in scientific and technical cooperation.

The university graduate became the prize winner of the Olympic Games in athletics

The university graduate became the prize winner of the Olympic Games in athletics

In 2004, Danil Burkenya, a student of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, honored Master of Sports of the Russian Federation won the bronze medal in athletics competitions in the discipline “triple jump” at the XXVIII Olympic Games in Athens.

The university team of scientists developed and introduced the new technologies for hydraulic fracturing to the industry

The university team of scientists developed and introduced the new technologies for hydraulic fracturing to the industry

The team of scientists, including Professor Valery Graifer, RITEK General Director, Professor Mikhail Silin, Professor Vladimir Koshelev, Evgeny Gaevoy, Rashid Magadov, Lyubov Magadova, developed new chemical reagents – water- and hydrocarbon-based gel-like liquids for hydraulic fracturing, which allow to increase the oil recovery coefficient and filtration area, as well as put them into use at RITEK company. This work was highly appreciated by the state: in 2001 the scientists were awarded the title of laureates of the Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation in science and technology.

The new effective technologies for the production of additives for top bracket gasoline were developed

The new effective technologies for the production of additives for top bracket gasoline were developed

Professor Vladimir Kapustin, Head of the Department of Oil Refining Technology, as part of the team of authors, developed a number of fuel compositions, including those that make it possible to obtain marketable gasoline AI-91, AI-92, AI-95, as well as the new high-octane gasoline AI-98. In 2002, the scientific development was awarded the Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation in science and technology for a number of works on the effects of specially selected high-octane additives in industrial gasolines.

The university football team became the bronze medalist of the world championship among students

The university football team became the bronze medalist of the world championship among students

In 2005, the University football team became the bronze medalist of the World Championship among university teams. The team coach was Vladimir Yasenev, Department of Physical Education and Sports at Gubkin University.

The full-scale dispatcher training simulator for mode control of long-distance pipelines was developed and brought into use

The full-scale dispatcher training simulator for mode control of long-distance pipelines was developed and brought into use

Since 2005, the scientific team of the University – the faculty members of the Department of Gas and Oil Pipelines Engineering and Operation, including professors Sergey Sardanashvili, Mikhail Lurie, associate professors Alla Didkovskaya, Sergey Mitichkin and Vitaliy Shvechkov, senior lecturer Evgeniy Golubyatnikov, and associate professor of the Department of Automated Control Systems Dmitry Leonov, and Valentina Samsonova, have been carried out the work on the development of unique in our country software and training simulators for solving dispatching tasks related to oil and gas transport management. For the dispatching services of Gazprom PJSC and Transneft PJSC, these complexes are tools for making effective decisions on managing pipeline operating modes, energy conservation and ensuring energy efficiency of hydrocarbon trunk transportation. At the same time, these simulators are actively used in training, advanced training and professional retraining of oil and gas transportation specialists.

The humanization of higher oil and gas education – in the focus of Gubkin University educational policy

The humanization of higher oil and gas education – in the focus of Gubkin University educational policy

Gubkin University scientists, including Albert Vladimirov, Rector of Gubkin University (1993 – 2008), Professor of the Department of Oil Refining and Gas Processing Equipment and Albert Lapidus, Head of the Department of Gas Chemistry, together with colleagues from Ufa State Technical University, the Russian Academy of Education, Tyumen State Oil and Gas University and Ukhta State Technical University developed the complex “The cycle of disciplines for the humanization of engineering and technical education in oil universities” aimed at development of social and cultural competencies (soft skills) of students majored in engineering. In 2007, they were awarded the Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation in education.

The university fitness aerobics team “Flamenco” became the winner of the world and European championships

The university fitness aerobics team “Flamenco” became the winner of the world and European championships

In 2007, the University team in fitness aerobics “Flamenco” became the winner of the European Championship in step aerobics. In 2008, the team won the gold medal in the same discipline at the World Cup, and in 2009 and 2010 became the silver medalist in the competition. The team is trained by Irina Tsyba and Irina Borisova at the Department of Physical Education and Sports of Gubkin University.

Gubkin University was the first to develop professional standards for the oil and gas industry of the country. In addition, the university initiated to establish the Council for Professional Qualifications

Gubkin University was the first to develop professional standards for the oil and gas industry of the country. In addition, the university initiated to establish the Council for Professional Qualifications

Since 2007, the Institute for Personnel Development of the Fuel and Energy Complex (supervisor Viktor Martynov, director Viktor Sheinbaum) began the development of professional standards – documents that were fundamental to the national qualification system. The first pilot projects were developed for Lukoil, Transneft and Gazprom. In 2010-2013, as part of the University Development Program as a national research university, the Institute developed projects for the entire oil and gas production chain. After the decree of the President of the Russian Federation dated 7 May 2012 No. 597, the developed projects were formatted according to the approved layouts, and 26 of them were approved by the Ministry of Labor of the Russian Federation as official regulatory documents of the national qualifications system in 2014-2017.

The achievement of the global level in the digital transformation of the educational process – the creation of virtual fields and their use in interdisciplinary training

The achievement of the global level in the digital transformation of the educational process – the creation of virtual fields and their use in interdisciplinary training

In 2007, Gubkin University became one of the winners of the all-Russian competition in university innovative educational programs. The program “Development of professional competencies in a new educational environment – virtual environment of the professional activity” designed by the University was a breakthrough for the national higher education system. The hardware and software complex, which was developed at the University thanks to state subsidies and financial support of oil and gas companies, and included a digital field (4D – field model and digital well models with technological equipment), over 20 workstations for various specialists working in the field, as well as a situational center for monitoring and field management (Center for Field Development Control), allowed to organize joint training of students of various faculties in an interdisciplinary training format, simulating field experts, who quickly solve production issues in emergency situations. The University gained unique experience in working out methodological and organizational issues, training faculty members for delivering interdisciplinary education. In 2015, a team of faculty members and developers of the new educational technology was awarded the Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation in education. This was the first award in Russia for the work on digital transformation of the educational process.

The theoretical foundations for operation of wells with complicated conditions in development of oil fields were designed

The theoretical foundations for operation of wells with complicated conditions in development of oil fields were designed

In early 2000, young faculty members of the Department of Development and Exploitation of Oil Fields Vladimir Verbitsky, Alexey Dengayev, Poytr Pyatibratov, Andrey Chikin conducted a set of theoretical studies under the supervision of the head of the Department Igor Mishchenko. In their studies they used digital geological and hydrodynamic models aimed at optimization of operating modes of wells with complicated conditions in the development of oil fields with hard-to-recover reserves. In addition, they put the results into practice. In 2009, they became laureates of the Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation in the field of science and technology for young scientists.

Gubkin University was awarded the Order of Labor Glory of the 3d degree of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Gubkin University was awarded the Order of Labor Glory of the 3d degree of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

On 31 March 2010, by the Decree of the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Gubkin University was awarded the Order of Labor Glory of the 3d degree.

Gubkin University was awarded a commendation by the President of the Russian Federation

Gubkin University was awarded a commendation by the President of the Russian Federation

On 16 April 2010, the faculty and staff members of Gubkin University received commendations from the President of the Russian Federation for the great contribution to training qualified specialists.

Gubkin University became one of the national research universities of Russia

Gubkin University became one of the national research universities of Russia

On 20 May 2010, Gubkin University became one of 27 leading universities in Russia, which received the status of a national research university. The national research university is a higher educational institution that equally effectively carries out educational and scientific work based on the principles of integration of science and education. The key distinguishing features of the national research university are the ability to generate knowledge and provide an efficient transfer of technology to the economy; conduct a wide range of basic and applied research; as well as the availability of a highly effective system for training master’s degree students and highly qualified personnel, a developed system of retraining and advanced training programs. On 10 June, the Government of the Russian Federation approved the University Development Program as a national research university focused on three priority areas of domestic fuel energy: building-up the resource base for the fuel and energy complex, energy efficiency and energy saving, and environmental and industrial safety of oil and gas production.

The university faculty members were awarded the State Prize of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

The university faculty members were awarded the State Prize of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

In 2012, the faculty members of the Department of Offshore Oil and Gas Field Development, including Professor German Belyanin and Associate Professor Vladimir Boyko, were awarded the Ho Chi Minh State Prize of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in science and technology for their work “Search, discovery and effective development of oil deposits in the granite foundation of the Mekong river basin”. Based on many years of experience in studying and analyzing the features of the development of oil deposits in the granite foundation of the Mekong basin, taking into account the specifics of the geological structure, the type of reservoir and its heterogeneity, an effective development system was worked out, which was used in the technological scheme for the development of the White Tiger field in 1997. The proposed solutions to optimize the development system allowed almost double the oil recovery and increase oil production levels at the field with a significantly smaller well stock. In 2017, Vladimir Boyko was awarded the Ho Chi Minh State Prize of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in science and technology for the work “Research, development and improvement of the technology for collecting, preparing and transporting oil at fields of Vietsovpetro joint venture”.

Gubkin University SPE Student Chapter became the best SPE Chapter

Gubkin University SPE Student Chapter became the best SPE Chapter

In 2012, SPE Student Chapter of Gubkin University received the Gold Standard Award, and in 2013, 2015, 2017 confirmed these title. ACM Student Chapter Excellence Award 2019 became the eighth for SPE Student Chapter of Gubkin University: in 2012, 2014, 2018, three Outstanding chapter awards were received.

The university student became the winner of the 17th Summer Universiade in Kazan at sambo competitions

The university student became the winner of the 17th Summer Universiade in Kazan at sambo competitions

In 2013, Alexander Kuchumov, a student of the Faculty of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, became the winner of the 27th World Summer Universiade in Kazan at sambo competitions in the weight category over 100 kg.

The multilevel training system was introduced in the field of technical diagnostics and repair of gas pipeline systems

The multilevel training system was introduced in the field of technical diagnostics and repair of gas pipeline systems

The team of scientists and specialists of Gubkin University, including Viktor Martynov, Rector of Gubkin University, Anatoly Korolyenok Dean of the Faculty of Design, Construction and Exploitation of Pipeline Transport Systems, Head of the Department of Oil Products and Gas Supplies, Alexey Lopatin, Head of the Department of Thermodynamics and Thermal Engines with a group of Gazprom scientists carried out a series of works titled “A multi-level system of training highly qualified personnel in diagnostics and repair of gas pipeline systems”. In 2013, the scientists were awarded the Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation in education for this work. Given the uniqueness of the program and the acute shortage of specialists in technical diagnostics, such graduates are widely in demand by the industry.

For the first time, the systemic recommendations aimed to organize the training of specialists for the development of offshore hydrocarbon deposits using competency profiles for relevant and new professions were developed and implemented

For the first time, the systemic recommendations aimed to organize the training of specialists for the development of offshore hydrocarbon deposits using competency profiles for relevant and new professions were developed and implemented

By the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 7 June 2014 No. 987- ð (section IV, paragraph 16), Gubkin University was assigned to develop proposals for training and professional development of specialists for working at the Arctic shelf. At the same time, Gazprom entrusted the University with the development of lists of professions, specialties and competency requirements for the key personnel engaged in geological exploration, production and transportation of offshore gas, as well as recommendations for the systematic organization of training, advanced training and professional retraining.

Both works were carried out by the team of faculty members of the Center of Innovation Competencies (supervisor – Professor Viktor Martynov, Rector of Gubkin University), including Viktor Sheinbaum – subject leader, Alexander Oganov, Alexander Dzyublo, Elena Mazlova, Sergey Simonyants, Ekaterina Fomina and Olga Budzinskaya.

These works were fully consistent with the priority area of the Development Program of Gubkin University as a national research university – “Buildup of the resource base for the fuel and energy complex”. As part of this program, a number of the infrastructure projects were implemented at the University with the financial support of oil and gas companies. One of the largest projects was the establishment of a unique Offshore Drilling Center financed by Rosneft. In 2018, the recommendations developed for Gazprom “on the systematic organization of training, advanced training and professional retraining of personnel engaged in geological exploration, production and transportation of offshore gas” were adopted and approved as a guidance document. Based on the competency model of the new profession “offshore drilling supervisor” contained in recommendations as well as the technical capabilities of the Offshore Drilling Center, a professional retraining program was developed at the Department of Oil and Gas Wells Drilling. The first admission of Rosneft specialists was held in 2018.

Gubkin University team “Scarlet Roses” became three-time world champions and five-time European champions

Gubkin University team “Scarlet Roses” became three-time world champions and five-time European champions

Gubkin University team in fitness aerobics “Scarlet Roses” is a three-time world champion (2016-2018) and a five-time European champion (2013, 2015, 2017-2019) in fitness aerobics. The team is trained by Alexander Shimonin and Svetlana Kramina at the Department of Physical Education and Sports of Gubkin University.

Gubkin University cheerleading team “Barrel” became the winners of international competitions

Gubkin University cheerleading team “Barrel” became the winners of international competitions

Gubkin University cheerleading team “Barrel” became the winner of the European Open (Paris, France) in cheer-freestyle and cheer-jazz categories in 2016, and the silver medalist in the same categories at the World School competitions (Orlando, USA) in 2017 and 2019. The team also became the bronze winner in 2017 and the silver winner in 2019 at the European Open (Dusseldorf, Germany). The team is trained by Irina Tsyba and Irina Borisova at the Department of Physical Education and Sports of Gubkin University.

Gubkin University was awarded the Order of Friendship of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Gubkin University was awarded the Order of Friendship of the Republic of Uzbekistan

On 5 December 2017, by the decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Gubkin University was awarded the Order of Friendship of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The original methods helping to produce metal nanoparticles and nanoclusters were developed in collaboration with Louisiana Tech University (USA)

The original methods helping to produce metal nanoparticles and nanoclusters were developed in collaboration with Louisiana Tech University (USA)

Under the leadership of Vladimir Vinokurov, Head of the Department of Physical and Colloid Chemistry, a laboratory for functional aluminosilicate nanomaterials was established and equipped as part of the Megagrant project at Gubkin University. The head of the laboratory is Yuri Lvov. As a result of joint research conducted by scientists of Gubkin University and Louisiana Tech University (USA), the methods helping to produce metal nanoparticles and nanoclusters as well as their compounds in interiors of halloysite nanotubes were developed. In 2018, the scientists received an award from one of the leading scientific journals “STAM” for the article “Formation of metal clusters in halloysite clay nanotubes”.

The generalized textbook on modern oil refining technologies for students of oil universities of the country was published

The generalized textbook on modern oil refining technologies for students of oil universities of the country was published

In 2018, the team of scientists of the University – Vladimir Kapustin, Head of the Department of Oil Processing Technologies, Aleksey Gureyev and Olga Glagoleva, Professors of the Department of Oil Processing Technologies, Boris Tonkonogov, Head of the Department of Chemistry and Technology of Lubricants and Chemometology, Dean of the Faculty of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and Igor Fuchs, Professor of the Department of Chemistry and Technology of Lubricants and Chemometology (posthumously) received the Prize and the titles of laureates of the Russian Government Prize in education in 2018 for their textbook “Oil refining technology”. The textbook provides an overview of the state of the fuel and energy complex of Russia; describes the physical and chemical, colloid-dispersed properties of oil, oil fractions and residues; presents the scientific foundations and methods of preparing oil for refining, technology for straight distillation of oil in atmospheric and atmospheric vacuum installations, as well as rerun distillation of oil.

The Government of the Russian Federation instructed the university to coordinate the development of oil and gas education in the Far Eastern regions of the country

The Government of the Russian Federation instructed the university to coordinate the development of oil and gas education in the Far Eastern regions of the country

The Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of 18 August 2018 No. 1727-ð implies the establishment of specialized units of the leading Russian educational institutions of higher education in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation of the Far Eastern Federal District. Gubkin University, as the country's leading oil and gas university, was entrusted with the task of establishing such units at Sakhalin State University, Pacific National University and Amur State University. These units (research and academic centers) were successfully established. An impressive result of a two-year joint work between Gubkin University and Sakhalin State University was a modular training program for students supervised by Pyotr Pyatibratov, Dean of the Faculty of Oil and Gas Field Development, Associate Professor. The program was financially supported by the international consortium of the Sakhalin-1 project.

For the first time in the system of higher oil and gas education, the multidisciplinary training of specialists in integrated security of oil and gas production was launched

For the first time in the system of higher oil and gas education, the multidisciplinary training of specialists in integrated security of oil and gas production was launched

In 2018, a new faculty of integrated security of the fuel and energy complex was established at Gubkin University. The decision was influenced by the understanding that the digital transformation of the economy and the development of a new technological structure called “Industry 4.0” involve new threats to the society, the state, individuals due to inconsistencies and gaps that arise when economic, social and legal institutions lag behind in technology during the transition period. Therefore, the mission of the established faculty was to train new specialists with systemic and multidisciplinary thinking capable to see such threats and gaps in complex, and develop and implement the relevant policies. The launch of the faculty was supported by the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, the business community, the State Duma, the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, and the Security Council of the Russian Federation.

The new technologies for detecting potentially hazardous areas on main gas pipelines were developed and brought into use

The new technologies for detecting potentially hazardous areas on main gas pipelines were developed and brought into use

In 2019, Professor Alexey Lopatin, Head of the Department of Thermodynamics and Thermal Engines and Professor Nazar Khallyev together with colleagues from Gazprom PJSC received the Russian Government Award 2019 in science and technology for the development and adoption of advanced technologies that ensure the mechanical integrity of pipeline systems. The scientists developed and adopted new technologies for detecting potentially hazardous areas, defined the methods for resource-saving (without stopping the gas flow) repairs, and proposed a new class of insulating materials that create the protective barrier.

The Student Scientific Society of the university is the best in Russia

The Student Scientific Society of the university is the best in Russia

In 2019, the Student Scientific Society of Gubkin University became the winner of the IV all-Russian competition for the best student scientific association of the oil and gas industry in Russia. Gubkin University team became one of eight youth teams, which was selected to present its projects in the finals. The projects were focused on the prospects for the LNG industry development (high, medium and low-tonnage). By decision of the competition committee, which included representatives of relevant industry agencies and leading oil and gas companies, Gubkin University team became the winner. In addition to the challenge cup of the best Student Scientific Society, Gubkin University team received the certificate for an educational trip to the production facilities of Yamal LNG.