18.09.2015 :: Wintershall and Gazprom International support student projects in the area of sustainable development

The student project “Phenolic wastewater treatment using combined method of adsorption and wet air oxidation at petrochemical plant of LLC “SIBUR – Kstovo”  won the 2015 Young Vision Award

This year the contest is focused on minimizing environmental pollution by improving existing equipment, systems and technologies in hydrocarbons production.

Today a student team from Nizhny Novgorod State technical university n.a. R.E. Alekseev  and Kstov’ s oil college n.a. B. I. Kornilov  became the winner of the Young Vision Award 2015 initiated by Gazprom International and Wintershall. The winning project focused on the phenolic wastewater treatment using combined method of adsorption and wet air oxidation at petrochemical plant of LLC “SIBUR – Kstovo”.

According to the jury, the students made a considerable contribution to implement sustainable development principles into practice.

The International Jury consisting of Herbert Hofstätter from Leoben Montanuniversität, Austria, and technical experts from Gazprom International and Wintershall, BASF chose the winning entry this student work for its originality, relevance and practicability of the presented idea.

The award ceremony was held in St. Petersburg at the National Mineral Resource University (“Mining” University). The winners received their awards from Margarita Hoffmann - Managing Director of Wintershall Russland GmbH and Valerii Igorevich Cholovskii , deputy of the office’s director – technical director of  Gazprom International.

“Ecology and energy consumption are of vital importance nowadays. It’s an honor and a real pleasure to see the young generation of students developing new ideas and to offer guidance for worthy proposals. The Russian-German Young Vision Award became a collaboration platform and an important part of the tradition to build bridges between Russia and Germany which Wintershall maintains for years,” said Margarita Hoffmann.

“A systematic approach is important for any undertaking and includes competent management, well thought-through actions, professional participants, and good timing. This can only be learned through gaining knowledge and experience, and most of all, through one’s own successful or not so successful projects. Therefore, it is so very important for young professionals to manage to combine the knowledge resources obtained at universities with practical, hands-on experience of working life. Bringing our industry trainees as close as possible to the skills which promise maximum return in the professional field, is a civil duty of companies operating long-term projects in the interest of our energy supply,” added Valerii  Cholovskii.

Members of the winning team are awarded with a week of internship in one of the branches of Wintershall Holding GmbH. In addition, the students’ award project will be evaluated by international experts. If the idea is found to be technically feasible, the companies Wintershall and Gazprom International will support the first phase of the project implementation. Students will be able to share their project with the large audience of experts by publishing their ideas in the magazines "Oil & Gas Journal", "Offshore Russia", and "Gazprom”.

About Gazprom International

Gazprom International is the single PAO Gazprom’s specialized company for upstream projects outside the Russian Federation.The company’s headquarters are located in Amsterdam (Netherlands); its branches in Russia are located in St. Petersburg and Moscow. The managing director is Valery L. Gulev. Gazprom International was established to enhance the efficiency Gazprom’s foreign projects management. The core functions of Gazprom International are:
-        managing subsidiary companies involved in prospecting, exploration and production of hydrocarbons outside the Russian Federation;
-        exploring, assessing and acquiring new oil and gas assets in the most promising oil and gas production regions of the world;
-        managing projects and controlling operational activity;
-        acting on behalf of Gazprom  in relations with foreign companies.

At present Gazprom International operates in almost twenty countries worldwide: in Africa, Europe, Central, South and South-East Asia and Latin America.

Wintershall Holding GmbH, based in Kassel, Germany, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF in Ludwigshafen. The company has been active in the extraction of natural resources for 120 years, and in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas for over 80 years. Wintershall focuses on selected core regions where the company has built up a high level of regional and technological expertise. These are Europe, Russia, North Africa, South America, and increasingly the Middle East region. The company wants to expand its business further with exploration and production, selected partnerships, innovation and technological competence. Wintershall employs some 2,500 staff worldwide from 40 nations and is now Germany’s largest, internationally active crude oil and natural gas producer.

About “Young Vision Award” student contest

The international “Young Vision Award” contest started in 2013 with the purpose of encouraging student research activity. The goal of this contest is to support young specialists who promote innovative solutions focused on sustainable development in the field of exploration and production. Over the past few years more than 45 students from different countries participated in this contest. The “Young Vision Award 2015” contest is supported by BASF group, which celebrates this year its 150th anniversary.