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To implement the world-class interdisciplinary research and educational projects in the field of oil production, refining and petrochemistry and to attract the leading Russian and foreign scientists and young talented professionals two new buildings were built in 2015 in addition to the facilities of the 7 Institutes of KFU involved in the implementation of StrAU: the new building of the Institute of Geology and Petroleum Technology, the total area 818 sq.m., and the new building of the Alexander Butlerov Institute of Chemistry, the total area 8,200 sq.m. These buildings consist of unique laboratories (the cost of purchased equipment is more than 500 mln RUB) and classrooms that meet all international standards (the cost of equipment is 50 mln RUB). Another important facility is the drilling of a parametric well on the campus territory, which significantly expands the educational potential and allows testing of new logging methods and study of carbonate reservoirs. As a whole, today StrAU facilities provide a full cycle of basic research in the field of oil production, petrochemistry and environmental safety; they allow creating mathematical, hydrodynamic and geological models of deposits of various complexity, as well as carrying out the synthesis, analysis and testing of catalysts. The first steps have been taken in the creation of unique pilot units imitating reservoir conditions for testing new technologies.

  1. Unique 3D GEO Centre including 6 high-performance workstations DepoRace G600 (Russia), 33 special purpose laptops HP EliteBook 8560w (Russia), commercial licenses for Petrel and Eclipse software (USA), two 3D visualization systems (AUVIX, Russia – the Netherlands) (39 mln RUB). 3D GEO Centre is used for geological and hydrodynamic modelling of oil and gas fields, for implementation of international educational projects, advanced training, retraining of Bachelor’s and Master’s students.
  2. Unique equipment for geochemical and isotope studies. Aggregate data on isotopic composition and compositional analysis will determine the origin of the oil and its age. It allows correlating the oil with the oil source rock, studying ways of oil migration, discovering new deposits and determining if the oil can be used for production and refining. The equipment complex includes the isotope mass spectrometer Delta V Plus – 28.7 mln RUB, the inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer iCAPQc (Thermo Fisher Scientific, Germany) – 16.9 mln RUB, the micro- and nanofocus X-ray system for computed tomography V|tome|X S 240 (Germany) – 25 mln RUB, the high-resolution mass spectrometer for study of radioactive and stable isotopes, determining the absolute age of rock formations and minerals Neptun plus (Thermo Fisher Scientific, Germany) – 106.5 mln RUB.
  3. Equipment for thermal analysis and calorimetry which allows the screening of thermal methods of oil production and catalytic oxidation and pyrolysis of hydrocarbons, including differential scanning calorimeters providing measurements over a wide temperature and pressure range (DSC 214 Polyma, DSC 204 HP Phoenix, microDSC evo7, DSC 204 Phoenix), combustion calorimeters (IKA 6000, Parr Instruments 6200), thermal analysis tools combined with mass spectrometer and infrared spectroscopy (STA 449 C Jupiter + QMS 403 C Aeolos, TGA 209 Libra + FTIR Bruker Alpha) (the total cost is 44.3 mln RUB).
  4. Pilot units simulating reservoir conditions when using thermal recovery and underground refining methods which includes an adiabatic reaction calorimeter ARC 254 – 13 mln RUB, autoclaves and flow reactors – 3 pcs., 11 mln RUB, the equipment for the study of oxidation during the linear temperature change RTO (Xytel, USA) – 11 mln RUB.
  5. Equipment for the study of surface and rheological properties of the hydrocarbons and oil-containing rocks, testing oil viscosity reduction catalysts and chemical oil production technologies (3 devices for measuring the pore size, 3 rheometers for work under reservoir conditions, viscometers, densimeters, tensiometers, laser and ultrasonic particle size analyzers) (the total cost is 25 mln RUB).
  6. The complex of physical and chemical equipment for the study of catalysts (16 pcs., the total cost is 50 mln RUB).
  7. The unique laboratory stands and pilot units for testing catalysts under conditions similar to the industrial ones (the total cost is 54 mln RUB).
  8. Equipment in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Analytical Microscopy including 7 microscopes for optical, confocal, atomic force, hyperspectral, transmission and scanning electron microscopy of oil rocks and catalysts (the total cost is 113.8 mln RUB).
  9. Equipment in the Interdisciplinary Centre of Shared Facilities for the study of the oil composition, physical-chemical properties of oil, oil rocks and catalysts. This centre includes 6 electron paramagnetic and nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers (the total cost is 356.1 mln RUB). Core storage area of 1000 square meters, combined with lithological and petrophysical core analysis laboratory. Particular attention is paid to the study of carbonate reservoirs with low porosity and complex structure of the void space. Parametric well (300 m deep) equipped with a set of modern logging equipment, both for training students and for testing existing and new downhole instruments (the cost is 10 mln RUB).
  10. The system for complex resource intensive calculations on the basis of high-performance cluster of parallel computing for studying the problems of big data (Big Data) and for complex mathematical and statistical calculations. It includes 6 universal computing devices based on X86_64, 8 servers for BigData technology computing, 4 servers for high performance computing using CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture), 2 servers with high-performance cluster file system GPFS of 96 Tb and one control node. Its total theoretical peak performance (double precision) 32.64 TFLOPS (the cost is 68 mln RUB).