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First oil produced at Gazprom Neft Maloyuganskoe field

Gazprom Neft has confirmed production of first oil at the Maloyuganskoye field, located on the border between the Nizhnevartovsky and Surgutsky districts of the Khanty Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug. Development of the field is being undertaken by Gazpromneft-Khantos, a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft.

Initial inflows were obtained at three previously constructed prospecting wells, with repeatable formation testing of Jurassic (J1) strata undertaken by Gazpromneft-Khantos to determine the potential of the field. Daily oil production at each of the previously constructed wells averaged 11 tonnes.

Analysis of geological information obtained will be undertaken at the Maloyuganskoye field throughout 2016–17 (including the completion of geophysical and hydrodynamic investigations), as well as additional seismic works to clarify the morphology and composition of oil-bearing formations. Production drilling at the field is expected to commence in 2017.

Alexander Zhagrin, Head of Production Directorate, Gazprom Neft, commented: “The licence for development of the Maloyuganskoye field was secured about one year ago. During that time — this asset’s remoteness from infrastructure facilities and lack of year-round road access notwithstanding — Gazprom Neft has been able to commence oil production here. Our organisation’s experience in field development under the most diverse conditions has helped us initiate development of the Maloyuganskoye field in the shortest possible time.”

Notes for editors

Gazpromneft-Khantos obtained the licence for exploration and production at the Maloyuganskoye field in March 2016, initiating geological prospecting and evaluation of this new asset with immediate effect. Identification of the most viable top-priority zones for production drilling has been ongoing over the past year, together with the design of an infrastructure development plan.

The 328-sqaure-kilometre Maloyugansky licence block covers the Nizhnevartovsky and Surgutsky districts of the Khanty Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug. Recoverable C1 and C2 reserves are estimated at 17.3 million tonnes. The presence of proven oil reserves and proximity to the Yuzhno-Kinyaminsky field has allowed first commercial production to be achieved within an exceptionally short time.