The first oil from the Russian Arctic shelf has reached the world market. It was sourced by Gazprom Neft in the Prirazlomnoye field. All technical field operations (drilling, production, oil storage, preparation and shipment of finished products) were carried out by the unique, offshore, ice-resistant Prirazlomnaya stationary platform. The annual total shipped to customers in north-west Europe is 2.2 million barrels (around 300,000 tonnes) of ARCO oil (Arctic Oil).
The production drilling programme at the Novy Port field has started. Nine wells were drilled in 2014. In late August the summer oil shipment from the field started — the first crude was exported by sea and dispatched to European customers in tankers. In total the ice-free sea shipping season in 2014 saw four tankers set off with more than 100,000 tonnes of a new sort of oil (Novy Port).
Commercial oil operations have started at the Badra field in Iraq. Test drilling was completed at the beginning of 2015 and the drilling programme commenced in summer. Commercial oil shipments began in September. This is the first major overseas production project Gazprom Neft has completed from scratch.
Gazprom Neft has made two major steps in developing the bitumen business. At the start of 2015 the company acquired the largest polymer-modified bitumen producing asset in Russia — Ryazan Petrochemical Experimental Plant — and in late September Gazprom Neft and Total completed the construction of a production facility for innovative G-Way Styrelf bitumens. Due to the rapid growth of the business, a company has been set up to manage it: Gazpromneft Bitumen Materials.
At the Gazprom Neft lubricants plant in Omsk the second phase of the motor oil blending, dispensing and packaging facility has been put into operation. The new plant is the largest in Russia.
Gazprom Neft has become the first company in Russia to carry out seismic surveying using innovative technology. This technology prevents the deforestation of large forest areas. The aim of the “green seismic” project is to use the RT 2 wireless data collection system.