On September 4, 2016 a monument dedicated to the labour heroism of oilmen was officially inaugurated in Surgut.
On the Day of the oil and gas industry’s workers, an imposing monument dedicated to the feats of labour of generations of oilmen was inaugurated during an official opening ceremony attended by local and federal authorities and by the management of Surgutneftegas. The monumental sculpture was commissioned right by the oil and gas company Surgutneftegas to thank and honour the many veterans and employees for their strenuous and brave contribution to the company.
The monument embodies the heroic attitude of geologists, oilmen and all those who have been providing for more than half a century the country's energy security, working in harsh conditions and dangerous environments to ensure a sustainable development of the autonomous region of Ugra, today one of the country's most prosperous areas.
The newly erected sculptural composition represents a huge oil rig featuring a fountain of oil made up of five springing jets, which splash to the ground showing symbolic oil drops carved in the metallic structure of the fountain. Eleven bronze figures stand on the circular basement located in the middle of the monument. They proudly represent the different professions involved in the oil industry - geologists, surveyors, electricians, drillers, engineers, builders, drivers, cooks, and welders. A writing in golden letters shines on the circular platform border located at the feet of the workers: "The feats of labour of generations of oilmen at Surgutneftegaz", a permanent reminder of the labour of oilmen, gas workers, construction workers, scientists and all the people who have contributed to the company success with their efforts during all these years.
Raffaele Vincelli, GRIVEN Srl
Ilona Kuleva / Ramil Nuriev