Oleg Kildyushov: Work flat out! Work with passion!

Published in the Puls Yamburga (Yamburg Pulse), corporate newspaper of Gazprom, October 2012

Oleg Kildyushov is a cutting torch operator at the welding and installation operations site of the Emergency Response Center. He can’t imagine himself either without Yamburg or his profession. Summer is traditionally a busy season for the Emergency Response Center specialists. We found Oleg Kildyushov at a cutting torch at the CGTU-1V foam firefighting station in the Yamburg gas and condensate field. Smiling, very easy to talk to, with his eyebrows a bit singed (an integral part of the image of those who do metal cutting or welding), Oleg Kildyushov leaves an impression of an experienced man. The working team rightly calls him the heart and the soul of the party.

On graduating from school, the young man didn’t have to choose a profession. He took the lead from his father who had been working as a cutting torch operator on a construction site for all his life.

“It’s a masculine job. Since I took a cutter in my hands for the first time at the age of 17, being a cutting torch operator apprentice, I can’t imagine myself in any other industry but construction,” says Oleg Kildyushov while collecting instruments. “I don’t like monotony in work, I need to deal with something new every time. Today, for instance, we cut pipes, tomorrow we hang a pump, that’s an interesting job!”

His career started at the oil processing plant in Ishimbay. The young man liked the work and he mastered his specialty rather fast. In the late 1980s, the young man came to Yamburg upon the recommendation of his uncle Yuri Kildyushov, who headed one of the construction spreads then.

“I still remember my uncle telling me “Come on, get ready, stop leeching of your parents, go to the North, you’ll earn a lot and become a real man!” How could I disobey, my uncle had authority with our family,” Oleg Kildyushov recalls with a smile the talk they had the day before his departure to the Far North. Yamburg surprised and enchanted him at the same time. “In September everything is white, no trees, no bushes, only one road to the gas fields, a step to the left or to the right – and you step in an unfrozen swamp. As far as the eye could see there was endless tundra, with the scenery interrupted only by rod posts and pipelines stretching to the horizon.

Pioneers’ living conditions

Nor was the young man scared of difficult living conditions. For a long time he had to live in a portacabin at the SU-40 camp. The pioneers’ living conditions could hardly be called comfortable.

“Water was supplied by a water truck in certain hours. If you miss, you have to ask your neighbors for some. When you get water, you have to settle it and add some potassium permanganate, if possible. Then you can warm it and have a wash using a small bailer,” Oleg Kildyushov recalls the living conditions in Yamburg in the late 1980s. “Once in winter our portacabin camp defrosted as a result of the pipeline blow out. We had to sleep in overalls and cover ourselves with mattresses, and in the morning we went to liquidate the accident, to warm portacabin by portacabin, trailer by trailer. No one complained, no one lamented. Those who couldn’t stand always left at once. We didn’t blame them, everyone has his own way.

Over the four years Oleg Kildyushov got used to austere conditions so much that at first he refused to move to a Finnish complex. But once he made up his mind, he never regretted it: “So great, you could have a shower every day and most important, all the amenities were right there, on the floor. We felt like nobles.”

On main construction sites

Oleg Kildyushov can justly call the Yamburg gas field 1V (GF-1V) his home, he participated in construction of the field infrastructure. The video record chased the block-pontoons delivery to the GF-1V. Enormous 400-ton pontoons were dragged through tundra from the Gulf of Ob to the current field location. Then they constructed future workshops, welded connections and only then passed to internal works. When it was possible, they turned on a gas gun, but more often they worked without it in freezing temperatures in windswept buildings. You can find Oleg Kildyushov among the faces on the video. The process enchanted the young man, for the first time he encountered the large-scale construction method. He was amazed: the new gas field was growing in deserted snowy tundra by leaps and bounds. The builders labored without stint, despite hard living and labor conditions, when even metal became as fragile as ice.

Oleg Kildyushov at work

Oleg Kildyushov at work

“You usually get warm at a cutting torch, you cut a pipe and put your hands on it, and it feels so good and warm! This was constructed by our working team,” recalls the veteran, pointing at the regeneration workshop at GF-1V. We also executed the separator columns piping hookup. But when the work is finished your heart sings. Now I walk around the field and watch what and how has changed. Now it’s easier to perform repairing operations, we know practically every cut-off plate, every pipeline.

“Work with passion” is Oleg Kildyushov’s principle. Shrinking and goofing off have never been in his character, as taught by his farther, this is how he himself does it and now he says it to the young generation, too.

“If I start something, I push it through anyhow. If I need a whole day, I’ll work for a whole day or two, I won’t stop until I finish the work. All our guys are like that! “If nails could be made of these people free, the strongest nails in the world they’d be,” Oleg Kildyushov quotes Nikolai Tikhonov’s “Ballad of the Nails”. “I’ve been working with many people from our field for fifteen years and we understand each other practically without words. While cutting a pipe I always try to make it so that the welders and mechanics would have less work, so that they wouldn’t have to polish welded connections and clean them many times. Our working team members are links of one chain: if someone hasn’t managed to do his work properly the others will have to readjust it.

In his team Oleg Kildyushov has a reputation of a labor man. The field management highly estimates his experience and knowledge and yet more – his nicety and even certain scrupulosity at work.

“He is always there to tackle challenges. It speaks for itself, I think,” adds Vladimir Frolov, site engineer of the Emergency Response Center construction and welding site. “You have to work flat out. Then you will have respect. In this regard, Oleg Kildyushov can be taken for a model.”

Oleg Kildyushov never regretted his coming to the Far North. His youth passed here, he has become a specialist here and he has found his hand-in-glove friends here.

“I believe that everyone in our company has drawn a trump card once,” Oleg Kildyushov adds. “I am personally grateful to the company for the possibility to bring up my two daughters, to give them education. I’m glad that I can help them even now, I always wanted my girls to have the best. My family watches films about Yamburg with admiration and I tell them which of the gas field facilities construction I participated in. I’ll say it without exaggeration, my family is proud of me!”