Gazprom Neft Shelf has expanded its transport fleet to now include all-season Sherp all-terrain vehicles. These new amphibian vehicles are based at the Varandey shift camp, and are intended to be used as emergency-response vehicles covering the coast of the Barents Sea and neighbouring islands. Using these all-terrain amphibious Sherp vehicles will provide greater mobility for the professional emergency-response team on duty at the shift camp, round the clock.
These domestically produced Sherp vehicles can withstand the harshest Arctic conditions. They have high maneuverability, can move from water to ice, and can traverse any surface, including loose rocks, snow, sand and swamps. Their load-bearing capacity is one tonne, and their maximum speeds 45 kilometres per hour on land, and six kilometres per hour (when loaded) at sea. Special heavy-duty nets mean these all-terrain vehicles can be safely transported to inaccessible areas and remote islands by helicopter, as underslung loads.
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.
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.
The Varandey settlement is a rotational shift-camp, used by the company as a short-term accommodation facility for personnel on the Prirazlomnoye project. The complex includes hotel-standard accommodation with 180 beds, domestic and commercial facilities, a heliport, and a fully equipped and operational health centre.