RGU OILTEAM Academy graduate secures second place in prestigious SPE student paper contest

An OILTEAM Academy graduate has been awarded by the Russian and Caspian Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) for a country-wide paper competition. Evgeny Suchkov has scooped second place at the 2014 SPE Russian and Caspian Regional Student Paper Contest which took place alongside the SPE Russian Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Conference and Exhibition held in Moscow.

Evgeny, who is a graduate from the first cohort of the OILTEAM Academy MSc Offshore Oil and Gas Engineering which has been delivered in partnership with Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Sochi, fought off stiff competition from students at 28 other universities across Russia to win second place in the competition.

Robert Gordon University logoHis award-winning paper entitled ‘Design of Subsea Separation Module for the Dolginskoe Field in the Pechora Sea’, was one of 115 papers which were submitted for the Diploma and Masters division of the competition.

Divided into three divisions for Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Masters and Diploma projects, the competition asked students to submit an abstract which related to one of SPE’s technical discipline categories such as ‘Drilling and Completions’ or ‘Production and Operations’.

Evgeny entered the ‘Subsea Systems’ section of the ‘Projects, Facilities and Construction’ category and was selected to present his paper at the contest after his abstract was judged and chosen by the SPE committee.

The Principal of OILTEAM Academy, Dr Konstantin Fedorov, said:

“It is the first time that the Academy has taken part in this contest and Evgeny’s award reflects the level of competence and knowledge that our graduates have achieved.

“His paper’s success is a testament to the MSc Offshore Oil and Gas Engineering which we delivered for the first time in partnership with RGU, equipping students with the high standard of skills and knowledge required by industry.

“We are extremely proud of Evgeny and all of us at OILTEAM and RGU congratulate him on his outstanding achievement which has seen him secure second place in a competition for the whole Russia.”

Evgeny is the cohort’s top performing graduate having achieved the highest grade for all eight modules of the MSc including his project, and has been awarded a diploma with distinction.

He has now been employed by OILTEAM where he will support future RGU students at the Academy and will participate in the development of a new Offshore Engineering business at the OILTEAM Engineering Centre.

RGU and OILTEAM, a Russian oilfield educational and engineering services company, formed a partnership last year worth more than £1.2million to train the next generation of Russia’s offshore energy professionals through a Master of Science (MSc.) degree in Offshore Oil & Gas Engineering.

OILTEAM Academy’s Principal also took part in the SPE Russian Oil and Gas E&P Conference with a presentation entitled ‘Transfer of Knowledge for Offshore Operators’ which was included in the ‘Recruitment and Human Capabilities’ section of the conference’s programme.


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