RDCR-2017: Post Show Report

The 5th Annual RDCR – the leading forum for drilling and completion specialists in Russia, took place on the 13th April 2017 at the Kempinski Baltschug Hotel in central Moscow.

As the largest and most established drilling and completion forums in Russia, the delegates that attend are largely responsible for some of the key questions in Russia’s oil and gas sector – how can oil and gas be drilled more efficiently? What cutting edge technologies need to be employed during the drilling and production process? How can the industry work together to achieve these goals for the benefit of the country as a whole? These and many more questions, as well as other key issues, were discussed during the 5th RDCR by the top management of the oil and gas operators, drilling contractors, and representatives of equipment suppliers and service companies.

This year saw the first major milestone for the RDCR – and the organizers were pleased celebrate the 5th anniversary of the forum by welcoming a record number of delegates. Over 280 delegates registered and attended on the morning of the event, representing 156 separate companies and organizations. Further investigation in to these numbers confirms why the RDCR is the leading forum in this area –

Companies Represented                                                                     

-       35 operators                                                                           -                     

-       22 Drilling Companies

-       97 Technology and Service Companies

A full list of companies and delegates can be viewed here

Paul Seed, Director of the organizing company TMG Worldwide, highlighted in his welcoming speech that the forum has reached a significant milestone: its history started in 2013, a difficult year for the industry, when it was immensely important to provide a platform to discuss the serious challenges faced within the oil and gas sector. The RDCR has remained true to its original philosophy, and has continued to work with all the key stakeholders in the Russian drilling and completions market to ensure that the RDCR is the place to solve key industry challenges. 

The overall spirit of the of the day was particularly pleasing. As recently as last year, the major topics of the presentations for many speakers was how to survive the crisis. This year however – the general theme was on of positivity, with companies focusing on technological progress as well as sharing success stories. 

The RDCR consisted of two technology halls – one focusing on drilling services and the other equipment and drilling management. The full agenda can be viewed here

Alexey Cherepanov and Ruslan Kalmanov, representatives for Gazprom Neft, were the first to present. Their speeches set the tone for the forum focusing on the development of advanced drilling services in Russia. The presentation focused on drilling technology advances and the use of hi tech rigs to increase efficiency

During the conference, key subjects that were covered included -

- New developments, innovative products and current solutions in drilling

- Increasing the capacity for drilling rigs

- Creating a safe workplace culture

- Technical limits in drilling

- Extended Reach, Horizontal and Slim hole drilling

Each presentation was followed by a discussion where the panel members and the audience not only asked the speaker questions, but also shared their views of the topic in hand. 

As well as the operator presentations, RDCR sponsors MTU, Siemens, McCoy, ABB, Caterpillar, Hardbanding Solutions, Arnco Technology, NOV, Schramm, Drillmec, Forum Energy Technologies, Schlumberger, NOV and Burtechnologii aroused keen interest by showcasing their latest technologies, and explaining how it can help drive efficiency for operators and drillers.

Christian Goy, representative for MTU, drew everyone's attention with a narrative about the new approaches for strengthening the capacity of the existing rigs and hitting the maximum efficiency with no additional investments.

Akikat Makhmotov, Principal Reservoir Engineer for Schlumberger, brought up a critical issue over the elevated importance of regular reservoir pressure reading and mobility in the process of well construction. His speech was followed by lively Q and A session, with many panelists and audience members asking interesting questions.

Alexander Kim, Head of Drilling Support Group for LUKOIL Nizhnevolzhskneft, made a presentation about the new horizons for the offshore multilateral well construction. Developing new accessories for rigs and shaping up their supporting services was then discussed by the panelists and audience members.

Julius Bamgbose, representative for Salym Petroleum, addressed the crucial topic of HSE during his presentation. He talked about creating a safe workplace as one of the most fundamental issues for the oil and gas industry. Supported by key evidence, he convinced his peers that, aside from emergency prevention, factoring in enhanced occupational safety in project planning would help avoid accidents.

Following the close of the conference, all delegates were treated to a gala reception and a 2 hour open bar – during which time the inaugural RDCR Technology awards were given out to the lucky winners.

The 6th RDCR is planner for April 2018 in Moscow – and we look forward to seeing you all there!