Michail L. Surguchev
|Birth||16 November 1928, Petropavlovka, Meleuzovsky District, Russia|
|Death||1 April 1991, Moscow, Russia (aged 62 years)|
Mikhail L. Surguchev (1928—1991) was a prominent petroleum scientist in the USSR. He was widely recognized in Russia and internationally as an expert in reservoir engineering, oil field development, waterflooding, enhancing and improving oil recovery (EOR and IOR) methods.
Surguchev studied at Ishimbai Petroleum Engineering High School, and Kuibyshev Industrial Institute (University).
After graduating from the University, Mikhail Surguchev obtained his Doctorate at the State Research Institute Giprovostokneft in Samara, where he developed a blocked inter-contour system for oilfield development by waterflooding. This system was implemented in a number of major oil fields, particularly those in the Volga-Ural and Western Siberia Regions.
In 1966, Dr. Surguchev was invited to join the All-Union Oil and Gas Scientific Research Institute (VNIIneft) in Moscow, the main research institute of the petroleum industry in the country. In 1971 he was appointed Head of the Department of Enhanced Oil Recovery at the VNIIneft Institute; subsequently becoming the Deputy Director, and ultimately the Director. In his years at this Institute, he guided and took part in a range of theoretical and experimental investigations of EOR processes. He was also the project manager for the development of the giant Samotlor oil field in Western Siberia, and was responsible for initiating a number of improved oil recovery projects in reservoirs situated in the Volga-Urals, Western Siberia, and other parts of the country.
In 1986, Dr. Surguchev became the Director General of the Inter-branch Scientific Technological Complex “Oil Recovery” in Moscow, a position that he held until his untimely death in 1991. Under his leadership, the complex prospered, and has given considerable support to the industry in improving the technology of oil recovery.
Dr. Surguchev’s contribution to the science and technology of oil recovery included more than 200 scientific papers, 18 monographs and 30 patented inventions. A large number of his technical innovations were implemented by the petroleum industry.
Dr. Surguchev was elected a member of the USSR Academy of Sciences. He was a Laureate of the Lenin Prize for Scientific and Technical Achievements (1966) and an Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation (1989). He has been awarded the USSR Order of the Red Banner of Labour.
Dr. Surguchev was widely known and respected throughout the petroleum industry as a strong advocate for international cooperation and the dissemination of information between scientists and engineers. He was the Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of the World Petroleum Congress, and a very active member of the Steering committee for the European Symposia on Improved Oil Recovery.