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First millionth tonne of oil produced at Gazprom Neft’s Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field

Messoyakhaneftegaz, a joint enterprise between Gazprom Neft and Rosneft, has produced the millionth tonne of oil at the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Gydan Peninsula) — a figure has been achieved in less than five months from commercial operations starting at Russia’s northernmost inland oil and gas condensate field.

This outcome has been made possible through the application of highly effective geological and technical initiatives, and the application of cutting-edge enhanced oil recovery techniques at hard-to-recover reserves. The Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field, in particular, is the first within the Gazprom Neft Group of Companies to utilise large-scale drilling using “fishbone” technology — a technique resulting in an initial oil-flow rate some 40 percent higher than through traditional horizontal wells.*

Ninety four oil wells are currently in operation at the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field, with production running at an average 7,300 tonnes per day.

Drilling footage at the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field is expected to double in 2017. A further 11 rigs are due to be delivered to the field, and drilling undertaken with 19 rigs simultaneously. New wells are expected to account for up to 50 percent of Messoyakhaneftegaz’ total production in 2017. By the end of the year the business is expected to be sending more than three million tonnes of oil to the Zapolyarye-Purpe oil pipeline.

Victor Sorokin, CEO, Messoyakhaneftegaz, commented: “The first millionth tonne of oil produced at the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field is an important landmark in the work of a young oil producing enterprise. This figure speaks to the clear, full and responsible fulfilment of our obligations towards shareholders, to our having chosen the correct pace for field development, and the effective use of cutting-edge drilling technologies and inflow stimulation.”

Notes for editors

* “Fishbone” well construction refers to a technology for the construction of horizontal wells with multiple branches; it derives its name from its similarity to a fish skeleton. Its design significantly increases coverage of oil-saturated reservoirs in comparison with traditional horizontal wells while requiring less extensive drilling works.

The Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field is located in the Tazovsky district of the Yamalo-Nenetsk Autonomous Region, 340 kilometres north of Novy Urengoy. Recoverable oil and gas condensate reserves are estimated at more than 340 million tonnes. Field development is being undertaken by Messoyakhaneftegaz, jointly owned by Gazprom Neft (operator) and Rosneft. The instruction to commence commercial production was given by President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin on 21 September 2016, via video link. The project is being implemented on the basis of completely independent, standalone infrastructure and transportation.

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