The power of professionalism and preservation of energy traditions: The ‘National Achievements Forum: Energy Sector’ comes to an end

February 20, 2024

The power of professionalism and preservation of energy traditions: The ‘National Achievements Forum: Energy Sector’ comes to an end

A grand celebration of the fuel and energy sector, the ‘National Achievements Forum: Energy Sector’ took place on 20 February at the International RUSSIA EXPO. As part of the business programme, prominent industry representatives discussed the current and future state of the energy industry. Additionally, guests and participants of the special themed day had the opportunity to engage in educational, sporting, cultural, and gastronomic events, all culminating in an exhilarating concert programme.

The Forum commenced with the main event of the business programme, the plenary session titled “Leadership and Sustainability in the Russian Energy Sector”. The session featured notable figures including Alexander Novak, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation; Natalya Komarova, Governor of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area – Yugra; Dmitry Artyukhov, Governor of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area; Mikhail Kotyukov, Governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory; Andrei Chibis, Governor of Murmansk Region; Sergei Tsivilev, Governor of Kemerovo Region – Kuzbass; and Vasily Golubev, Governor of Rostov Region. Sergey Brilev, President of the Global Energy Association, served as the moderator for the discussion.

“In recent years, the energy industry has made significant strides in all directions. Since 2000, oil production has increased by more than 65% to 530 million tonnes. Today, Russia ranks 6th in the world in coal production and is among the top three exporters with a market share of almost 15%. The country boasts more than 1,000 power plants and almost 1.5 million heat and power specialists. Over the last decade, Russia has ascended from 184th to 7th place in the international ranking for ‘connection to power grids’. To meet the escalating demand for electricity, approximately 4 GW of new generating capacity will be commissioned in Russia by 2030,” Alexander Novak said in his speech.

“Our country is the world leader in natural gas reserves, which account for about 25 per cent of the global energy balance and 54 per cent of Russia’s fuel and energy balance. The President has set a task to increase LNG production to 100 million tonnes by 2030. This will allow us to capture up to 20 per cent of the global market.”

The business programme of the ‘National Achievements Forum: Energy Sector’ continued with expert discussions entitled ‘Sustainable Energy: an Environmentally Friendly Way to Develop the Fuel and Energy Sector’ and ‘Path to Profession: Conscious Choice or Accident?’ with the participation of representatives from the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation and leading companies in the Russian fuel and energy sector. The day also included a meeting of the State Council of the Russian Federation Commission on Energy with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, Governor of the Kemerovo Region Sergei Tsivilev, Minister of Energy Nikolai Shulginov, and Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin. The participants discussed current issues in coal industry development in the new territories, modernization of coal production facilities, improvement of the competitiveness of coal products, and expansion of sales markets.

The Forum convened a meeting with veterans and dynasties of the energy sector. Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, General Director of Roscosmos State Corporation Yury Borisov, heads of Russian regions, and industry company representatives engaged in discussions with esteemed energy professionals on generational succession within enterprises and the transfer of accrued expertise to emerging specialists. Veterans of the energy sector recounted their professional journeys and imparted their wisdom to future generations, underscoring their role as guardians of Russia’s fuel and energy sector.

Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, Governor of Murmansk Region Andrei Chibis and Governor of Krasnoyarsk Territory Mikhail Kotyukov took part in a meeting with students in the ‘Dialogue as Equals’ format, during which the heads of regions spoke about the attractiveness of their regions in building a career.

“We have a project called ‘Course North’ aimed at attracting specialists to our region. We are actively looking for specialists and we pay extra to those who work for us if they help convince their mates and acquaintances to come to us as well. Last year, for the first time since 1991, more people relocated to our region than left. The conditions in our region are good. Yesterday I met with employees of Atomflot, and the average salary there is 212,000 rubles. The average salary in the regional economy is close to 100,000 rubles,” said Andrei Chibis.

In his speech, Mikhail Kotyukov noted the uniqueness of the Krasnoyarsk Territory in terms of energy: “We have hydropower, thermal power, the richest coal deposits, and centres of competence in nuclear technologies. One of our closed municipalities was fully supplied with heat and electricity through an experimental nuclear reactor. So, we have experience. Now we are working on the creation of a virtually new industry where nuclear fuel will operate in a closed-cycle mode.”

One of the focal points of the themed day was the ATOM pavilion, where guests had the opportunity to participate in unique tours and masterclasses, attend interesting lectures, and even witness a special wedding ceremony. For the first time at the RUSSIA EXPO, 16 couples got married simultaneously. All the newlyweds were nuclear industry workers from various cities across Russia. Among them were representatives from nuclear cities such as Snezhinsk, Udomlya, Desnogorsk, Trekhgorny, Novouralsk, and Krasnokamensk. The ceremony, held in the pavilion lobby, also included newlyweds who are working together to build the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant in Turkey. The newlyweds were congratulated by Andrey Petrov, First Deputy Director General for Nuclear Power Engineering of Rosatom State Corporation; Vladimir Verkhovtsev, Director General of Atomredmetzoloto; and Anastasia Zvyagina, RUSSIA EXPO Deputy Director General of the Directorate of the Exhibition of Achievements.

Throughout the themed day, Forum visitors had the opportunity to participate in the ‘Build a Career in the Energy Industry’ job fair. Applicants and students could visit the booths of Unigreen Energy, Rosseti, LUKOIL, Mosenergo, RusHydro, and SIBUR Holding, where they could fill out questionnaires to join the talent pool, take part in career games and contests, and have the chance to win valuable prizes. Additionally, guests could experience various masterclasses, quizzes, quests, and intellectual games on energy topics suitable for different ages and skill levels.

A master class on virtual welding by MOSGAZ welders, winners of the World Championship in China, was a tremendous success. The victorious champions shared insights into their craft and invited exhibition guests to try their hand at welding on unique equipment designed to efficiently and safely train aspiring welders. Alexander Novak personally participated in the event, demonstrating angle seam welding on a virtual sample and engaging in discussions with the champion welders. The world championship winners presented the Deputy Prime Minister with a souvenir crafted through various welding techniques – a model gas lantern, symbolizing the historical significance of the gas sector in Moscow.

Additionally, at the Museum of Moscow Urban Economy, employees from MOSGAZ hosted a puzzle-collecting marathon, conducted a master class on decorating helmets, and led thematic tours of the Gas Supply exposition for guests. Furthermore, the winners of the nationwide festival ‘MOSGAZ Lights up the Stars’, organized annually by Moscow gas workers for the past 12 years, participated in a celebratory concert.

For those who only encounter energy in their everyday lives, companies in the fuel and energy sector prepared an impressive sports programme. This included corporate table tennis and football tournaments, basketball masterclasses for children, a racing simulator tournament featuring a representative from the LADA SPORT Rosneft racing team, and much more. Football fans were particularly fortunate on 20 February, as they could enjoy matches, autograph sessions, masterclasses, and prize draws involving stars of Spartak, CSKA, and Zenit. In Pavilion 25, titled Oil, fans of the Red and Whites had the opportunity to get autographs from Spartak Moscow legends as part of a joint event called Energy of Unification, organized by LUKOIL and the Moscow football club. The event was attended by legendary players such as Dmitry Alenichev, a four-time Russian champion, two-time winner of the Russian Cup, and best footballer of Russia in 1997, and UEFA Champions League winner, as well as Yegor Titov, a six-time Russian champion and winner of the Russian Cup, alongside Alexander Filimonov, the best goalkeeper of Russia in 1998 and world champion in beach football.

The ‘National Achievements Forum: Energy Sector’ programme concluded with a concert featuring Russian pop stars such as Polina Gagarina, Nyusha, Mari Kraimbrery, Seville (Artik & Asti), Uma2rman, Quattro, and other well-known performers. The event, hosted by sports commentator Dmitry Guberniev and TV presenter Karina Kross, also included a raffle of valuable prizes from industry companies, with winners announced during the show. Prizes included tickets to matches of football clubs Spartak, CSKA, and Zenit.

During the day, visitors and participants of the Forum were treated to dishes from the national cuisines of the peoples of Russia.

Organizers of the ‘National Achievements Forum: Energy Sector’ are the Government of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, and the RUSSIA EXPO Directorate of the Exhibition of Achievements. The operator was the Roscongress Foundation.

General partners – Rosseti, Atom Foundation supported by Rosatom State Corporation

Strategic partners – Gazprom Neft, Independent Oil and Gas Company, SIBUR

Official partners – Inter RAO, Zarubezhneft, T Plus, Bank GPB

Partner – VO Promsyryeimport

Business partners – Russian Power System Operator, Unigreen Energy

Organization partners – CPC-R, Elgaugol, MMC Norilsk Nickel, Power Machines, Systeme Electric, Rosgeo.

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