On 14 June 2017, the headquarters of Transneft North became the venue for public defence of graduation theses by masters from the Ukhta State Technical University (USTU) majoring in oil & gas business
The state board intended to assess the students’ research projects and comprised by professionals of Transneft North (a subsidiary of Transneft) and Gazprom subsidiaries, and representatives of the Ukhta State Technical University, was led by Alexander Chekalkin, Head of the Oil Pipeline Operation Section at Transneft North.
Rustem Islamov, Director General of Transneft North, delivered the opening speech to the students. He stressed that such field defence events at the headquarters of the joint-stock company had become a good tradition, with this year’s event being the third one. The best students often become the company’s scholarship holders and then its employees. Rustem Islamov underscored that the girls were willing to work in the oil pipeline transportation business: the group of four graduates had three girls and only one young man.
Vasily Zykov, Director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovations Development Department, addressed the students on behalf of the USTU. He emphasised that the university admitted to the field defence its best graduates and hoped the students would achieve perfect results.
Alexey Kazakov, the only young man in the field defence, opened the event with his research of kinetics in the process of paraffin crystallisation and heavy oil deposits in transportation of high-paraffin crude in the Usa – Ukhta and the Ukhta – Yaroslavl oil trunk pipelines. The topic aroused lively interest among professionals, especially from Alexander Chekalkin, Chairman of the State Board and Head of the Oil Pipeline Operation Section.
The problem of paraffin in oil pipelines was also explored by Polina Kyrnysheva, a Transneft scholarship holder. She covered an experimental research of waxy crude flow properties, which help identify the time of pipeline start after shutdown.
Ekaterina Mushinskaya proposed heat monitoring as a method to detect illegal tie-ins in the pipeline and potential leakages.
Tatiana Rabotinskaya, another winner of Transneft scholarship, developed and submitted for approval of the board her proprietary method for comprehensive statistical analysis of corrosion in both oil and gas trunk pipelines.
The research advisors and reviewers gave positive opinions on the projects by the graduates, the State Board secretary noted. After the public defence, the review commission also gave “excellent” grades for the projects. The professionals believed that subject to refinement the submitted projects could be used in real life. All graduates participating in the field defence were recommended for continuation of their post-graduate studies.
“My research adviser and I spent two years to complete the project, made heaps of theoretical and practical research. I’m so glad the board saw its true value,” Alexey Kazakov said after his defence.