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Transneft Employees Among Winners of Best in Profession International Contest

Date of publication: 8 August 2019 Printable version

Pictured: Transneft employees

Transneft employees became winners and runners-up of the international Best in Profession professional skills contest held on 5-8 August 2019 in Atyrau (the Republic of Kazakhstan) at operating facilities of KazTransOil.

The contest brought together 44 employees of major professions in the oil transportation industry who represented the largest companies, members of the International Association of Oil Transporters (IAOT): Transneft (the Russian Federation), KazTransOil (the Republic of Kazakhstan), Ukrtransnafta (Ukraine), Gomeltransneft Druzhba (Belarus), Transpetrol (Slovakia), MOL (Hungary) and China National Petroleum Corporation (the People's Republic of China).

The participants demonstrated their professional knowledge and skills in 8 nominations: oil pumping station operator, commodity loading operator, instrumentation and automation fitter, processing equipment (process units) repairman, chemical analysis laboratory assistant, electric and gas welder, line pipeliner, electrical equipment repair and maintenance fitter.

In the course of the competitions Transneft representatives showed top craftsmanship, claiming gold and other prize-winning places. Vitaly Lobzhanidze, an electric and gas welder, and Maksim Chastukhin, an electrical equipment repair and maintenance fitter, won the contests.

Second places went to Konstantin Katilov, an oil pumping station operator; Aleksandr Zakharov, a commodity loading operator; Dmitry Danilenko, an instrumentation and automation fitter; Sergey Klimov, a processing equipment repairman; Alla Mishina, a chemical analysis laboratory assistant, and Andrey Tulubensky, a line pipeliner.

The Best in Profession international professional skills contest has been held every three years from 2003. Its major aims include creating the conditions for developing high professional standards for the key professions in the oil transport industry, as well as studying, proliferating and adopting best practices, enhancing the professionalism of workers in leading professions and developing creative attitude towards labour.

Transneft received the contest participants in 2003, 2010 and 2017.


Pictured: a Transneft employee during the contest


Pictured: the competition


Pictured: the opening ceremony

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