“EnerGenious” case marathon of the Russian National Committee of the World Petroleum Council came to an end. About 150 high school and undergraduate students from half a dozen regions of Russia and neighbouring countries took part in this large-scale educational project. All of them went through a preliminary competitive selection process.
For more than three months, 23 marathon teams carried out project tasks drawn from the practice of oil and gas companies. Lectures and calls were organised for the participants to help them find the best solutions. Most part of the case marathon was held remotely, which made it possible to organise teamwork among representatives of different regions of the country.
The final stage of the case marathon was held in Khanty-Mansiysk, on the site of the IV International Youth Applied Research Forum "Oil Capital". The teams presented the results of their work here.
A professional jury selected the best of the 23 projects submitted. Winner and prize winner teams were named. Among the winners were schoolchildren from six towns of Ugra, students from Vladivostok, St. Petersburg. Nizhnevartovsk, Ufa, and representatives of five Moscow universities. The awards were presented by Vlada Streletskaya, Director of RNC of the WPC, and Aleksey Drenin, Director of Department of Education and Youth Policy of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra.
“EnerGenious” case marathon was held for the second time. In this cycle, participants were offered three project areas to choose from: "Offshore oil and gas field development" (curated by Gazprom Neft), "Hydrocarbon cycling in household and industry" (SIBUR) and "Creating a hydrocarbon field development concept" (Mining University).
During the business game, the teams, in accordance with the chosen direction, performed one of the following tasks: select a concept for developing an offshore oil and gas field, design and build a model of a field development facility; develop and propose measures to protect against negative environmental impact on the territory of a special economic zone of petrochemical profile, taking into account the investment appeal of the eco-project; create a cost-effective and technically feasible production strategy, create an economically advantageous and technically feasible production strategy, including a system of field development, product collection and enhanced oil recovery measures.
The tasks and learning materials of the “EnerGenious” case marathon were prepared by young specialists from Gazprom Neft Group, SIBUR Holding and the St. Petersburg Mining University. They also assisted the teams as supervisors.
Participants of the final stage of the case marathon had an opportunity to deepen their knowledge at the “EnerGenious” winter school organised by RNC of the WPC in Khanty-Mansiysk, as well as to join the discussion of professional issues at the “Oil Capital” Forum and listen to leading specialists of the oil and gas industry. The lectures delivered by the representatives of Gazpromneft-Khantos, Slavneft-Megionneftegaz, Rimera, the Scientific and Analytical Centre for Subsoil Management named after V. I. Shpilman were of great interest. Technical tours to Ugra production facilities and informative excursions were organised for the finalists of the case marathon and participants of the “EnerGenious” winter school.
"Working with young people is one of the main areas of focus for RNC of the WPC. We help high school students gain an objective understanding of the oil and gas industry, its scale and prospects; think about professional careers in this sector of the economy; broaden their horizons and develop teamwork skills. RNC of the WPC supports students and young professionals seeking to prove themselves and achieve meaningful results," said Vlada Streletskaya, Director of the Association “Russian National Committee of the World Petroleum Council”.
RNC of the WPC educational project “EnerGenious” is supported by the Government of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug-Ugra, St Petersburg Administration, Mining University, Gubkin University and Ugra State University, and the International Competence Centre for Mining-Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO.
"As the largest oil production region in Russia, the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra is interested in the inflow of young qualified personnel. The past two cycles of the “EnerGenious” programme have confirmed the relevance and importance of the project in terms of attracting enterprising young people with positive motivation to the industry," said Deputy Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra Aleksei Zabozlaev.
"We observe the rising interest of young participants of the” EnerGenious” project towards the industry and we are glad that RNC of the WPC initiative receives the interested support of representatives of authorities, heads of industry production, scientific and educational organisations. This attention confirms the relevance of the “EnerGenious” project and encourages us to continue and develop our educational project," underlined Ms. Streletskaya.