New Gazprom Neft–Shell joint venture to develop fields in Yamal
, press release
Gazprom Neft and Shell have used this year’s St Petersburg International Economic Forum to sign an agreement on creating a joint venture to develop license blocks in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.
Gazprom Neft and Shell have signed all necessary legal documentation on a Sale and Purchase Agreement for a 50-percent interest in the authorised share capital of Meretoyakhaneftegaz, creating a joint venture on that basis. The deal is expected to be finalised in late 2019—early 2020 once all necessary corporate and regulatory approvals have been obtained, and all legal preconditions met. Pursuant to the resulting Shareholders Agreement the company will be managed by the partners on a parity basis.
Meretoyakhaneftegaz currently holds licensing rights to the Meretoyakhinskoye field. A number of license blocks at varying stages of development — the Tazovsky and Severo-Sambrugsky, as well as two Zapadno-Yubileiny blocks in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug’s — will be automatically transferred to the joint venture’s asset portfolio as soon as the transaction closes.
Total resources in place at fields to be owned by Meretoyakhaneftegaz will stand at about 1.1 billion tonnes of oil.
Alexander Dyukov, Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft, commented: “This agreement marks the logical continuation of our successful collaboration with Shell on a number of ongoing projects. We see in Shell a reliable partner, with whom we are willing to combine professional skills, as well as sharing financial and technical resources, in developing major projects. As part of this new agreement we will be able to reveal the full potential of what is a major hydrocarbon cluster in Yamal, viably and efficiently. We will be investigating further opportunities for implementing projects with Shell in the future, including projects outside of Russia.”
“This is yet another milestone in our partnership with Gazprom Neft. Over the years, we have built a trusted and fruitful relationship. Our Salym Petroleum Development joint venture is an example of how we can create a very efficient, innovative and responsible oil producer by combining our strengths. Our history of success fills me with confidence that our new venture will also be great success”, said Ben van Beurden, Shell CEO.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Gazprom Neft and Shell share many years’ experience of collaborating in various business areas. One of the parties’ most important joint projects is Salym Petroleum Development, which, since 2003, has been involved in developing the Salym group of oil fields (including the Zapadno-Salymskoye, Verkhnesalymskoye and Vadelipskoye blocks) in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. The company is developing and testing cutting-edge enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques, including flooding operations using surfactant, soda and polymer solutions (ASP flooding).* The use of this technology at a depleted area at the Zapadno-Salymskoye field in 2018 resulted in an increase of 69 percent in the oil-recovery factor (ORF). This is almost twice the average achieved throughout Russia’s oil industry.
Alkaline, Surfactant, Polymer (ASP) flooding is a promising methodology for improving oil recovery through the injection of a three-component solution. The anionic ASP reduces the surface tension of the oil and, under the influence of the alkali, alters the rock’s electronic charge which, in turn, reduces the loss of anionic surfactant. The polymer is used to increase the viscosity of the solution. The technology is already widely used in Canada, China and the USA, with pilot projects underway in a number of other countries.