For an ordinary resident of St. Petersburg, the word Chechnya associates with something criminally dangerous. Or it sounds like a Russian analogue of the Middle Eastern monarchy. But there is a university in the Northern Capital of Russia, at which its scientists are well aware that the structure of the main industrial base of the Republic is oil. And for a good we can speak about a long-term cooperation with the republic. Graduates of the university have made a significant contribution to the development of the mineral and raw materials industry in Chechnya, to the exploration and development of oil and gas fields in the North Caucasus.
The author of "Sannikov Land" Vladimir Obruchev, the first president of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Karpinsky, and the founder of the doctrine of oil Ivan Gubkin studied the structure and content of the subsoil of the region, its oil-bearing capacity and mineral saturation.
Another graduate of Mining University, Vladimir Yushkin, being a field manager of the leading company in the region, i.e. Society of Grozny Oil Production I.A.Akhverdov and Co., actively introduced the use of new drilling tools, as well as pumping operation of oil wells. The new oil production technology replaced the archaic tartan (oil extraction by scooping up with the help of special buckets). He also created a detailed “Map of the Grozny oil fields with tables of all wells, their depths, heights above sea level, the amount of oil produced, the distribution of production by areas.”
Another native of St. Petersburg Mining University, Alexander Pritula, was the Chief Engineer of the North Caucasus oil fields; he was responsible for the technical management of the design of two oil pipelines: Grozny - Tuapse (618 km long) and Baku-Batumi (820 km long). In addition, he headed the Grozny oil courses for personnel training in the maintenance of oilfield and pipeline equipment.
Over a span of almost a century and a half, these ties were interrupted only during the wars of the 1990s; however, in the past decade they have returned to an intensive level of relations. On October 15, Grozny State Oil Technological University celebrated its 100th anniversary.
In the course of storming Grozny in December 1994, the militants turned the university building into a stronghold and it was almost completely destroyed. The first president of the republic Akhmat-khadzhi Kadyrov declined the plans to build a new building on the outskirts of the city and proposed rebuilding the educational institution at its historic site. Now GSSRU has 6 and a half thousand students and four hundred teachers working in five institutes: of applied information technologies; oil and gas; energy, economics and law; advanced training and retraining of personnel; civil engineering, architecture and design, as well as at the faculty of secondary vocational education. The university has 30 laboratories, modern computer auditoriums, an influential Vocational Training Center created with the participation of Rosneft; a new dormitory is under construction.