FC Zenit presents new kit on the Gazprom neft Prirazlomnaya offshore arctic platform

The Prirazlomnaya offshore rig, Gazprom Neft’s oil production outpost on the Russian Arctic Shelf, was host to the recent unveiling of the new 2016–17 season FC Zenit kit. Making workers on the Prirazlomnaya platform the first of Zenit’s 15 million fans to see it, the new kits were revealed during a special visit to the rig by Zenit players Yuri Lodygin, Artem Dzyuba, Nicolas Lombaerts, Aleksander Kokorin, Yuri Zhirkov and Sergei Semak.

The location for the launch was chosen, in large part, because of the uniqueness of the Prirazlomnoye project — the Prirazlomnaya platform being the first (and, so far, the only) oil-producing rig on the Russian Arctic Shelf. It is the only project in the world on which Arctic production is being conducted from a stationary platform able to withstand the challenges of drifting ice floes.

The home and away shirts for Zenit’s 2016–17 season are embossed with diagonal stripes — a nod to the famous stripe featured in the military uniform of Peter the Great. The away kit is made in ice-like colours, reflecting the freezing climate of the Russian north, while the home kit is made in the traditional blue. All kits are made from recycled polyester — an average 16 plastic bottles being used for every kit. The Prirazlomnaya platform, too, meets the highest environmental standards, with oil production being conducted under full adherence to the principle of “zero emissions”, and drilling fluid, bit cuttings (“drilling sludge”) and other production waste all being pumped into a special re-injection well or transported onshore for recycling.

Gennady Lubin, Executive Director, Gazpromneft Shelf, commented: “The principle of working ‘in harmony with nature’ has been a priority in developing the Prirazlomnoye project. Operation of the platform is predicated on the use of the latest technologies in industrial and environmental safety, including ‘zero emissions’ and ‘wet sump’ oil storage. In addition to which, emergency icebreaking vessels are on permanent emergency standby around the platform, equipped with the latest-generation oil-spill recovery equipment, operating even under winter conditions”.

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Initially discovered in 1989, the Prirazlomnoye oilfield is located in the Pechora Sea, 60 kilometres from the shore. Recoverable reserves are in the order of 70 million tonnes. Its development has required the installation of a the “Prirazlomnaya” offshore rig, designed for use in the most extreme climatic and environmental conditions, fully compliant with the latest safety standards, and able to withstand maximum ice-loads.

Prirazlomnoye is the only project on the Russian Arctic Shelf at which commercial oil production is currently ongoing. Active development of the project commenced in mid-2013 with the drilling of the first well in the summer of that year, and the Prirazlomnaya ice-resistant offshore rig commencing production in December 2013. This new Russian oil has been named “Arctic Oil (ARCO)”, with the first consignments from Prirazlomnoye commencing in April 2014.

All wells to be drilled at the Prirazlomnoye field will be located within the platform, the base of which then acts as a buffer between the well and the open sea — which can reach depths of up to 20 metres around the field. In addition to which, all wells are specially equipped to prevent the possibility of any uncontrolled emission of oil or gas. Oil storage at the platform involves “wet sump” methodology, preventing the ingress of oxygen into storage tanks, preventing the ingress of oxygen and the creation of potentially explosive conditions.

The offloading line for the pumping of oil to tankers is equipped with an emergency shut-down system, which is activated instantaneously. Emergency icebreaking vessels will be on permanent emergency standby around the platform, equipped with the latest oil-spill recovery equipment.

A “zero-emissions” system is in operation at the Prirazlomnaya rig, with drilling fluid, bit cuttings (“drilling sludge”) and other production waste all pumped into a special re-injection well or transported onshore for recycling.

Founded in May 1925, FC Zenit is St Petersburg’s only team in the Premier League. According to independent analysts, some 60 percent of St Petersburg locals support the blue-and-whites, with 80 percent viewing the team logo as a symbol of Russia’s northern capital.

Research undertaken in 2008 found Zenit to be among the top 10 most popular clubs in Europe and, moreover, the most popular team of the former Soviet Union.

Zenit is the winner of 16 trophies, including the Champions Cup (1984, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2015), the National Cup (1944, 1999, 2010, 2016), the Super Cup (1985, 2008, 2011, 2015, 2016), the Premier League Cup (2003), and the UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup (both in 2008).