The Messoyakha fields include the Vostochno (Eastern) and Zapadno (Western) Messoyakhsky acreages. The fields, originally discovered in the 1980s, are the northernmost (of the known to date) onshore oil fields in Russia. Commercial production at the fields began in 2016. Gazprom Neft has a
As at 1 January 2016, C1 and C2 recoverable reserves at the Messoyakha fields are expected to total more than 470 million tonnes of oil and gas condensate, and 188 billion cubic metres of gas. Geological prospecting undertaken in 2014 has seen estimates of recoverable C1 reserves at the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field increase by almost 50 million tonnes, to 204 million — an increase of 32 percent.
Pilot operations at Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye saw the first oil from this field produced in October 2012.
Construction of the key infrastructure necessary to allow the field to be brought into operation was initiated in 2014.
Licences for exploration and development at both fields are held by CJSC Messoyakhaneftegaz, jointly owned by Rosneft and Gazprom Neft, which is also the operator of the project.
Within Gazprom Neft preparations for the development of the Messoyakhskoye group are being managed by Gazpromneft Razvitiye, responsible for managing the parent company’s most significant projects.