Plans Being Made for St. Peterburg’s Meeting

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A host of workers are busy preparing for the upcoming regional international conference, to be held July 15-18 in a city that is hailed as one of the most beautiful and most “European” cities in all of Russia.

The VNIGRI/AAPG international conference, built on the theme “Exploration and Production Operations in Difficult and Sensitive Areas,” will be held in St. Petersburg, a treasure of world culture that lies close to areas of hot petroleum potential for the coming century.

The conference’s technical program will focus largely on the arctic and icy conditions that await explorers in this compelling and challenging region - in both geologic and environmental terms. The meeting host is VNIGRI, the leading Russian research institute for petroleum sciences, and it is being organized in collaboration with EAGE and SEG.

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A host of workers are busy preparing for the upcoming regional international conference, to be held July 15-18 in a city that is hailed as one of the most beautiful and most “European” cities in all of Russia.

The VNIGRI/AAPG international conference, built on the theme “Exploration and Production Operations in Difficult and Sensitive Areas,” will be held in St. Petersburg, a treasure of world culture that lies close to areas of hot petroleum potential for the coming century.

The conference’s technical program will focus largely on the arctic and icy conditions that await explorers in this compelling and challenging region - in both geologic and environmental terms. The meeting host is VNIGRI, the leading Russian research institute for petroleum sciences, and it is being organized in collaboration with EAGE and SEG.

There are three reasons why many should attend the conference - its program will represent:

  • Challenging geology.
  • Good business.
  • A marvelous venue.

For example, more than 85 papers and about 120 posters will deal with clastic and carbonate reservoirs and hydrocarbon systems in extensional, compressional and transform settings. The newest estimations of oil and gas reserves and resources in the Arctic will also be discussed.

The extensive technical program is being worked out with the active participation of the EAGE, DEG and SEG. It also includes a short-course and field trips - both pre- and post-meeting - plus the chance to network and acquaint attendees with the unique data bases characterizing the petroleum potential of the Russian petroleum-bearing provinces, which will be present at the VNIGRI Data Room.

Also, the conference will include the participation of the leading experts in the Arctic and sub Arctic petroleum geology, Timan-Pechora, Western Siberian, Eastern Siberian and Precaspian petroliferous basin geology and petroleum production.

For that reason, the conference represents an excellent opportunity to catch up with the newest results and relevant events, such as:

  • In Greenland, a bid round will be held in 2001 shortly after the St. Petersburg conference.
  • In Europe, security of energy supplies is high on the agenda of companies, governments and the European Union (EU). Europe is looking to arctic Scandinavia and Russia for large oil and gas resources.

It is expected that the Russian Duma and President Putin will ratify the Energy Charter Treaty during the first half of 2001. The Energy Charter includes the very important Transit Protocol, which forms a framework for efficient, uninterrupted, and secure transit for oil and gas across national boundaries.

  • An EU-Russia summit dealing with energy supply is expected to take place in Moscow in May.

As a bonus, the conference is being held during the season of “white nights,” the best time for the acquaintance with the beautiful architectural ensembles, channels and parks as well as the world-famous museums and theatres of St. Petersburg.

Participants will be able to experience excursions to the Hermitage, Peter and Paul Fortress, famous Petrodvorets park (with its wonderful fountains), cathedrals and churches, and nighttime sails on city rivers and channels.

In addition to the Icebreaker opening reception in the famous Smolny Cathedral and end-of-the-day receptions in the poster area, a special culture event will be offered by the city government - in fact, the conference is supported by city government and personally by St. Petersburg Gov. Vladimir Yakovlev.

Comfortable hotels, convenient highways and unique tourist routes make this a meeting to attend.