Fifteen million tonnes of oil have now been produced at the Novoportovskoye field — Gazprom Neft’s flagship Arctic asset — since the project was first initiated, with mooring to offload hydrocarbons from the milestone 500th tanker, the Shturman Skuratov, having taken place at the Arctic Gates terminal.
Shturman-series tankers complete more than 200 trips from the oil offloading terminal to Murmansk a year, the majority of which are undertaken in challenging ice conditions.* Gazprom Neft subsidiary Gazpromneft Yamal has increased the rate of production, with output at the Novoportovskoye field reaching 5.9 million tonnes in 2017, and increasing to more than seven million tonnes of crude in 2018. Peak production at this Arctic field is forecast for 2020, at more than eight million tonnes. Following the development of the Northern Sea Route, the geographic range of Novy Port oil deliveries has been able to increase to nine countries in recent years, including the United Kingdom, France, Norway and the Netherlands.
Average daily production at the Novy Port project reached 19,600 tonnes in 2018. The company is using high-technology drilling techniques in developing the field. Two hundred and 21 production wells are now in operation, 24 of which are multilateral wells. Drilling of horizontal and bilateral wells, multistage fracking, proactive geo-steering and other cutting-edge technologies are also being used to increase efficiency.
The project to develop the northern part of the Novoportovsky license block was initiated in 2016: C1+C2 reserves in place here totalling more than 26.8 million tonnes of oil and 27 billion cubic metres of gas. One hundred and 85 oil wells, with 10 cluster pads, are to be drilled here in the future, with peak production expected in 2022.
Gazprom Neft plans to allocate RUB400 billion to developing the Novoportovskoye and related projects over the next five years.
Alexander Ovechkin, CEO, Gazpromneft-Yamal, commented: “The Arctic Gates terminal is crucial to developing both the Northern Sea Route, and fields on the Yamal Peninsula. The Alexander Sannikov was deployed in the waters of the Gulf of Ob in the summer of 2018, ensuring secure shipments of Arctic oil. Six Arc7 ice-class tankers, specially designed and built to order for Gazprom Neft, are also involved. This opens up opportunities for developing the Yamal Peninsula, where more than 20 oil and gas fields have been discovered so far. The logistics scheme we have put in place means we can deliver crude to customers by sea, all year round.”
The Novoportovskoye field is one of the most important oil and gas fields currently under development on the Yamal Peninsula. It is located in the Arctic Circle, some distance from pipeline transportation infrastructure, 250 kilometres from the town of Nadym and 30 kilometres from the banks of the Gulf of Ob. C1+C2 reserves in place at the Novoportovskoye field stand at more than 250 million tonnes of oil and condensate, and more than 320 cubic metres of gas. Novoportovskoye crude is categorised as “light”, with low sulphur content (of about 0.1 percent).
* “Shturman” tankers have been built to order specifically for Gazprom Neft. These Arc7-class vessels have a cargo-bearing capacity of 42,000 tonnes, and a maximum freshwater draught of 9.5 metres. The tankers have been specially designed for deployment in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Ob, and can negotiate ice of 1.4 to 1.8 metres thick. The company has a total six such tankers in its Arctic fleet.