Gazprom Neft’s anti-COVID-19 programme

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Gazprom Neft deploys “buffer zones” for shift handovers at its Prirazlomnoye field

Gazprom Neft has, for the first time under the current COVID-19 pandemic, deployed “buffer zones” in shift handovers between its Prirazlomnoye offshore platform and shift accommodation at the Varandey field station, allowing the company to improve employee safety and ensure continuous production.

Four buffer zones have been put in place (in Archangelsk and at the Varandey field camp) for Prirazlomnaya employees arriving on shift, with all essential social and residential amenities. Employees undergo mandatory testing for COVID-19, and remain under 24-hour medical care. Employees testing negative for COVID-19 are allowed to go on shift: the airports at Archangelsk and Varandey being subject to special disinfecting regimes, to ensure their safe departure. Any social contact is avoided, with employees waiting for their departing flights separately from other passengers.

A comprehensive corporate “Antivirus” programme has been put in place within the company to create barriers to stop the virus spreading, and to ensure employees are completely safe. An important element of this programme involves mass preventative testing for COVID-19. One hundred percent of all employees on the Prirazlomnaya rig have been tested so far, with no cases having yet been found among employees going on shift.

“The reliable operation of the platform, and the health and safety of our employees, are our overriding priorities. In this challenging epidemiological situation, we’re doing everything necessary, to that end: we’ve organised mass preventative testing, and have put buffer zones in place. Continuous production at the Prirazlomnoye field is, first and foremost, down to the personnel on the platform, and everyone involved in ensuring a safe working environment on the Prirazlomnoye project, in offices, onshore facilities and transport infrastructure.”
Ralif Gilfanov Director General, Gazpromneft-Prirazlomnoye
Notes for editors

The Prirazlomnoye oilfield is located in the south—east of the Barents Sea, 60 kilometres offshore. Recoverable reserves are in the order of 79 million tonnes. The licence to develop this field is held by Gazpromneft-Shelf LLC, a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft. Commercial development of the Prirazlomnoye field started in December 2013. A new oil blend, “ARCO”, was launched on the global market in April 2014. Gazprom Neft produced its 13-millionth tonne of oil at the Prirazlomnoye field in April 2020.

The ice-resistant “Prirazlomnaya” offshore rig was designed and constructed in Russia specifically for development of this field, and is capable of handling all technological operations — drilling, production, storage, and processing and offloading of the finished product. The Prirazlomnaya rig is designed for use under the most extreme environmental and climatic conditions: meeting the most stringent safety requirements, it is capable of withstanding maximum ice loads.

Year-round shipments are undertaken by 70,000-tonne double-hulled ice-class (Arc6) oil tankers, the Mikhail Ulyanov and the Kirill Lavrov. Both vessels were built at the Admiralty Shipyards, St Petersburg specifically for year-round oil transportation from the Prirazlomnaya rig, and are owned by Sovkomflot, under long-term leases to Gazprom Neft Shelf.