System of Testing and Implementing New Technologies

In 2019, Zarubezhneft Group continued to actively develop the system of testing and implementing new technologies that exist on the market but were not previously employed by the Group. Pilot testing of new equipment and technologies was carried out in JC RUSVIETPETRO LLC, Zarubezhneft-Dobycha Samara LLC, Zarubezhneft-Dobycha Kharyaga LLC, and in Zarubezhneft JSC Branch in Cuba. A positive economic effect was achieved, according to test results.

In 2019, JC RUSVIETPETRO LLC carried out 16 tests in the following primary areas: improvement of secondary drilling technology by a slot perforator, testing of a highly efficient well clean-up system, and modern drilling equipment and devices.

Zarubezhneft-Dobycha Samara LLC also evaluated the performance of an adaptive input gravity module to operate equipment in horizontal wells and tested a pump-jack linear drive.

In 2019, Zarubezhneft-Dobycha Kharyaga LLC completed pilot testing of technology for preventing bottom-hole zone clogging during well servicing and evaluated the performance of ball valves in Christmas tree and dynamic power compensators at a 35/6/0.4 kV Substation. Eight tests in total were carried out in 2019 at the Subsidiary.

In 2019, the Zarubezhneft JSC Branch in Cuba continued testing the heat-resistant fiber-optic borehole system for monitoring of distributed temperature and pressure, and also tested heat-resistant progressive cavity pumps and cyclic steam treatment using such pumps.

In 2019, the Zarubezhneft Group obtained one patent for invention, two patents for useful models, and nine software certificates; 15 applications were submitted for intellectual property registration to the Russian Agency for Patents and Trademarks. 36 scientific articles and papers were published.

Zarubezhneft JSC continues development and expanding interaction formats with the innovative environment. In June 2019, a Cooperation Agreement was concluded between Zarubezhneft JSC and Lomonosov Moscow State University. The agreement proves the mutual interest of Zarubezhneft JSC and the university in active training and re-training of personnel in the field of scientific and innovative activity.

As a part of its Innovative Development, Zarubezhneft JSC actively develops mutually beneficial cooperation with universities to plan joint implementation of innovative projects and carry out joint work in the area of predicting scientific development, and personnel training and re-training.

Dynamics of R&D costs to revenue in 2014–2019, %
Dynamics of R&D costs to revenue in 2014–2019, %