Gazprom Neft’s anti-COVID-19 programme

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Gazprom Neft produces its 13 millionth tonne of oil at Prirazlomnoye

Gazprom Neft’s Prirazlomnoye project continues to develop, demonstrating consistent and sustainable production volumes. Over the course of six years’ uninterrupted operation, the Prirazlomnaya platform has, already, produced 13 million tonnes of ARCO oil, with 19 wells having been drilled. In 2020, Gazprom Neft specialists are due to build and commission three further wells at Russia’s first ever offshore project in the Arctic.

The platform is currently in full operation, as normal. Under the company’s programme to combat the spread of COVID-19 shift rotations at Prirazlomnaya have been temporarily increased to 60 days. Those employees unable to join their standard shift on time as a result of their previous shift being extended are nonetheless paid the upfront portion of their salary. Both the platform and the Varandey shift-camp have been provided with all essential groceries, materials and equipment, as well as specialist disinfectants to ensure uninterrupted operation.

“The Prirazlomnaya platform is the company’s key upstream asset on Russia’s continental shelf. This project has come to symbolise Gazprom Neft’s leadership in the commercial development of the Arctic. We are — with some confidence — showing cumulative production growth, and hitting targets in well drilling and oil transportation, under the most challenging climatic conditions. The company is bringing every effort to bear to ensure it remains in stable operation in the current situation.”
Sergey Chigai Acting CEO, Gazprom Neft Shelf LLC
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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. Gazprom Neft produced its 10-millionth tonne of oil at the Prirazlomnoye field in April 2019.

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.

Year-round shipments are undertaken by 70,000-tonne double-hulled ice-class (Arc6) oil tankers, the Mikhail Ulyanov and the Kirill Lavrov. Both vessels were built at the Admiralty Shipyards, St Petersburg specifically for year-round oil transportation from the Prirazlomnaya rig, and are owned by Sovkomflot, under long-term leases to Gazprom Neft Shelf.