CEOs of the world leading petroleum companies Mubadala Petroleum and Gazprom Neft visit Tomsk Polytechnic University

CEOs of the Mubadala Petroleum, Gazprom Neft, Gazprom Neft-Vostok paid an official visit to TPU. The guests briefed on the university history, educational potential and innovation projects. Along with this, they visited laboratories of the Engineering School of Natural Resources, Training and Retraining Center for Petroleum Specialists, which deliver Master’s programs jointly with Heriot-Watt University (UK).

“TPU has always been recognized as a forge of professionals and to date, we have forged 180,000 of them. Among them, there are many brilliant scientists, ministers, more than 450 deposit discoverers, including unique petroleum fields and solid minerals. Initially, our university included two departments: a chemical and a mechanical ones. However, E.L. Zubashev, the first university director wrote a request note to the Russian State Council, where he substantiated the need to open mining and engineering departments as well. If he had not done that, we would hardly have met here. There would be no geologists, miners, petroleum engineers that our university has been training since 1952,” - Peter Chubik says.

At the exhibition center, the delegation became particularly interested in such university developments as a geohod, the electric discharge well drilling technology and the water treatment facilities. Guests were presented with a device designed at TPU for obtaining drinking water from any source. It was developed from the specially treated natural nanosorbents to clean water of heavy metals. Along with this, the Acting Rector presented the delegation with TPU passports. Mr. Mazin Al Lamki, CEO of Mubadala Petroleum, left a note in the university memorial book.

“I was lucky to visit that great university and was impressed by its scientific background. I wish best of luck to all students and teachers,” he writes.

Then, the guests visited the Innovation Research Laboratory for Drilling, Washing and Slurry Solutions and the Heriot-Watt Petroleum Engineering Approved Support Centre. Valery Rukavishnikov, director of the center, spoke about a joint master's program with the Heriot-Watt University (the UK) and projects for PJSC Gazprom Neft in machine learning, digital analogs of fields, and presented new areas for cooperation.

The center was founded in 2001 as a joint project of TPU and Heriot-Watt University. Currently, three Master's programs are delivered there: Petroleum Engineering, Development and Operation of Oil and Gas Fields, and Assessment and Management of Petroleum Fields. The students of these programs are trained at TPU according to the educational standards of Heriot-Watt University and upon the graduation receive a British Master's degree.

According to Artem Boyev, Director of School of Earth Sciences & Engineering, Tomsk Polytechnic University and Gazprom Neft have a variety of substantial joint projects.

“Currently, Gazprom Neft is a key R&D partner of our School. The company is open to cooperation and new solutions.

We tried to give insight to the visitors into the issues, considered at TPU. Our university and Gazprom Neft implement a variety of research projects such as the Paleozoic project, the research on oilfield chemistry, machine learning, digital analogues. We also collaborate in the interests of graduates, they are in demand in the research and technical centers, in the company's branches.

We have excellent relations with Gazprom Neft-Vostok. Their interaction with students begins from the third year and we jointly supervise them until the graduation and employment minimizing the adaptation period at the workplace. By the way, a member of the delegation is our graduate and we are pleased to meet him here.

Representatives of Mubadala Petroleum visited TPU for the first time. During the visit, it was demonstrated that the graduates of the Heriot-Watt Center were fluent in English, had a high level of proficiency in the oil and gas business and the reservoir management. Such specialists are in demand in Russia and Mubadala Petroleum which we discussed today. I strongly believe that the visit will push cooperation in both academic and research fields” – Artem Boev says.


Gazprom Neft is a vertically integrated petroleum company. The main activities are exploration and development of petroleum fields, oil refining, petroleum products production and marketing. The Gazprom Neft includes more than 70 oil-producing, oil-refining and marketing enterprises in Russia and abroad.

Gazprom Neft products are exported to more than 50 countries and sold throughout Russia. The company’s gas station network includes more than 1850 units in Russia and abroad.

Gazpromneft-Vostok is a joint venture (shareholders of Gazprom Neft, Mubadala Petroleum, and the Russian Direct Investment Fund), engaged in hydrocarbon extraction in Tomsk and Omsk regions. Mubadala Petroleum is an international petroleum company, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company. Mubadala Petroleum manages assets and operates in ten countries, with the main focus on the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Russia.

In 2017, the Mubadala share of oil production amounted to about 360,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.