Gazprom Neft has successfully tapped into a natural flow of oil with a flow rate of 50 cubic metres per day at a new well in the Bazheno-Abalaksky formation of the Palyanovskaya zone at the Gazpromneft-Khantos Krasnoleninskoye field. Hydraulic fracturing was employed at the well, which is still being tested.
The well was drilled as part of the Gazprom Neft programme in preparation for the commercial development of unconventional oil reserves. In spring 2013, an appraisal well was drilled at the Palyanovskaya zone to initiate the first phase of the project dedicated to researching the potential for shale oil extraction at the site. This well generated a flow rate of 80 cubic metres per day. These results have led to further study of the Bazheno-Abalaksky complex in the Palyanovskaya zone. To this end, in 2014 four inclined wells were approved for drilling to depths of
*Shale oil is contained in the Bazhenov, Abalakskaya, and Frolovskaya rock formations in Western Siberia, which have super-low permeability and a high level of oil saturation.
Gazprom Neft has four projects dedicated to investigating shale oil deposits. In addition to their studies on the potential of the Bazheno-Abalaksky complex of the Palyanovskaya zone, Gazprom Neft is also gaining experience in the development of similar reserves through Salym Petroleum Development (SPD), a 50:50 joint venture with Shell. In
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