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History of RAO/CIS Offshore dates back to 1993 when the Schtokman, Prirazlomny and Sakhalin projects have been launched.
Outstanding Russian scientists and Arctic researchers such as Artur Chilingarov, Rem Vyakhirev, Viktor Orlov, Igor Gramberg, Nikolay Malyshev, Grigoriy Simakov were founders of the Conference and Exhibition. The initiative was supported by Norwegian, Finnish and American companies.
RAO/CIS Offshore obtains strong position among the world offshore oil and gas exhibitions and conferences. The event has gained international recognition and along with the largest relevant events in Aberdeen, Stavanger, Houston and Baku, RAO/CIS Offshore is considered to be the central industry event of Russian and international scale.
RAO/CIS Offshore Program Committee is headed by Alexey Kontorovich, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Chairman of Research Council of Russian Academy of Sciences for Geology, Oil and Gas Resources Development. Since the very beginning of the event Dr. Dilizhan Mirzoev, Director of the Center of Offshore Oil and Gas Fields Exploration at Gazprom VNIIGAZ, has been the Chairman of RAO/CIS Offshore Executive Committee.
RAO/CIS Offshore is held on a biennial basis and brings together government officials, experts from Russian and foreign companies for discussion of the most important aspects of the Arctic and continental shelf offshore development. Over 6500 delegates and 1280 companies from 22 countries have taken part in RAO/CIS Offshore over the years of its existence.
It is no coincidence that Saint-Petersburg became the RAO/CIS Offshore venue. North-West is the main region involved in Arctic offshore development. About 7% of oil and gas resources, leading enterprises, research centers and designed bureaus are focused here. Also the largest Russian sea ports are located in the region.
RAO/CIS Offshore is supported by Government of Saint-Petersburg. In Official Letter to Alexei Kontorovich it is said: "In view of importance and high status of the events they are included to the Official List of Priority Exhibitions, holding with support and participation of Saint-Petersburg Government".
Many of the shelf projects started in 1990s are now in operation. New gas production centers have been created in the Far East of Russia – on Sakhalin Island and Kamchatka. The first Russian LNG production plant started its work in February 2009 on Sakhalin Island. October 2016 witnessed the 40th shipping of oil produced at Prirazlomnaya ice-resistant oil platform.
RAO/CIS Offshore offers you a lot of opportunities and facilities to demonstrate scientific knowledge, technological achievements and today we have patterns of effective international cooperation in Russian shelf development.
One of the most important benefits of RAO/CIS Offshore is the issue of the resolutions. The resolutions are elaborated on the basis of the delegates’ decisions on the issues of the offshore industry development. The Resolutions of RAO/CIS Offshore 2017 were forwarded to the government of the Russian Federation, ministries, governmental agencies, leading Russian and international fuel and energy companies.