Construction of pipeline from Messoyakha group of fields now complete
Messoyakhaneftegaz has completed installation of a pressure pipeline for the transportation of oil from the Messoyakha group of fields. The pipeline, which has a capacity of seven million tonnes of oil per year and runs to a length of 96 kilometres, unites the Messoyakha group of fields with the Zapolyarye-Purpe oil transportation trunk pipeline system. The first oil into the pipeline will be from the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field, expected to be brought into production at the end of 2016.
The implementation of such a major infrastructure project under the conditions of the Russian Far North has demanded the use of the most cutting-edge environmentally friendly technologies. In particular, special supports for the above-ground section of the pipeline include a thermal-stabilisation system to protect the long-standing permafrost from heat exposure. In addition to this, the northernmost underwater crossings in Russia — across the Indikyakha and Muduiyakha rivers —were constructed using directional drilling, preventing any disturbance of flora and fauna. Special crossings have also been provided for migrating deer.
The entire length of the pipeline is equipped with a multi-stage safety system. The integrity (airtightness) of the pipeline system is ensured through pressure control sensors, a video control system, and fire and intruder alarms, monitoring of which will be undertaken round the clock, in real time.
Aydar Sarvarov, General Director, Messoyakhaneftegaz, commented: “Work is now being completed on preparing the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field to be brought into commercial production. Completing construction of the oil pipeline is one of the key stages, allowing the product to be delivered into the main oil trunk pipeline system.”
The Messoyakha fields include the Vostochno (Eastern) and Zapadno (Western) Messoyakhsky acreages. Licenses for both blocks are held by Messoyakhaneftegaz, jointly owned by Gazprom Neft and Rosneft, in which both have an equal controlling interest. Gazprom Neft is operator on the project.
The fields, originally discovered in the 1980s, are the northernmost (of the known to date) onshore oil fields in Russia. The Messoyakha fields are located in the Gydan Peninsula, in the Tazovsky district of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, 340 kilometres north of Novy Urengoy, in Russia’s Arctic zone — a region of considerably underdeveloped infrastructure.