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Gazprom Neft starts developing the largest gas condensate fields in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug

Gazprom Neft subsidiary Gapzromneft-Zapolyarye is set to begin developing Neocomian-Jurassic deposits at the Bovanenkovskoye oil and gas condensate field and the Kharasaveyskoye gas condensate field (in the Yamal Peninsula), as well as Achimovsky and oil-rim deposits at the Urengoyskoye oil and gas condensate field in the Nadym-Pur-Tazovsky area of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.*

These projects will be managed under long-term risk-operatorship agreements with license holders Gazprom Neft Dobycha Nadym and Gazprom Neft Dobycha Urengoy,**,***,**** who are developing overlying strata at these fields. While Gazprom Neft will be bringing its skills and experience in developing Achimovsky strata and oil-rim deposits to bear in developing these new assets, project implementation at key stages will be managed in conjunction with Gazprom PJSC in order to ensure key performance efficiency indicators are fully achieved.

Gazpromneft-Zapolyarye will equip and fit-out a well-pad at each of the Bovanenkovskoye and Kharasaveyskoye fields in 2020, drilling two wells at each in order to eliminate geological uncertainties. The company is expected to build more than 250 high-tech wells, in total, as part of this project. Commercial development of Neocomian-Jurassic deposits at the Bovanenkovskoye and Kharasaveyskoye fields is expected to start in 2025 and 2026. Peak production at these assets is expected to be reached in 2031, at more than 38 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas and up to 4.1 trillion tonnes of condensate per year. Pre-commissioning works and well-pad development are currently ongoing at both fields.

Two gas-condensate production wells will be drilled at the Urengoyskoye oil and gas condensate field in 2020. Data obtained with the help of these wells will help clarify specific geological features of the structure of Achimovsky deposits at the field’s block 3A. Gazpromneft-Zapolyarye plans to drill a total 32 high-tech horizontal wells at this asset. Peak production is expected to be reached in 2024, at five bcm of gas and up to 1.5 million tonnes of gas condensate per year.

The second phase of developing this project will involve developing Valanginian oil-rim deposits at the Urengoyskoye oil and gas condensate field. The company is currently preparing a programme to re-test exploratory wells. The outcomes of this will be used in selecting the concept for developing Neocomian reserves.

“Developing Neocomian-Jurassic, Achimovsky and oil-rim deposits at the Bovanenkovskoye, Kharasaveyskoye and Urengoyskoye fields represents one of Gazprom Neft’s ‘strategic bets’. These deposits are unique in their scale and complexity. Added to which, each of these projects has a long investment cycle, which is why we are, already, starting preparations for their development now. It is precisely these assets that will, over the next five to 10 years, form the basis for the company’s development in northern Yamal, and be one of our key sources of production in the Arctic Circle. This region’s colossal resource potential remains largely undiscovered, since working in the Arctic is always fraught with a whole range of organisational, logistical and technological challenges. Gazprom Neft’s experience in developing standalone Arctic fields, and our expertise and technological competencies in developing ‘hard-to-recover’ hydrocarbon reserves, will be the key to our success and allow us to achieve optimum efficiency in developing new projects.”
Vadim Yakovlev
Vadim Yakovlev Deputy CEO for Exploration and Production
Notes for editors

* Gazpromneft-Zapolyarye is developing Achimovsky deposits at license block 3A at the Urengoyskoye oil and gas condensate field.

** Long-term risk-operatorship contracts mean Gazprom Neft is able to conduct activities at Gazprom assets on terms identical to those applying to licenses it owns: meaning reserves, production and financial results can be consolidated. A key feature of operating under these kinds of contracts is that Gazprom Neft invests its own resources in geological prospecting and infrastructure development.

By working on the basis of long-term risk-operatorship contracts the company has significantly increased its project portfolio, having started developing oil-rim deposits, Achimovsky deposits, and Jurassic—Necomian gas and gas-condensate deposits. Gazpromneft-Zapolyarye is currently developing parts of nine fields for which licenses are held by Gazprom and its subsidiaries: the Pestsovoye, En-Yakhinskoye, Zapadno-Tarkosalinskoye, Chayandinskoye, Yamburgskoye, Orenburgskoye, Urengoyskoe, Kharasaveiskoye and Bovanenkovskoye fields.

*** Gazprom Dobycha Nadym LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom PJSC. The company’s key activities are the production and treatment of gas and gas condensate.

Gazprom Dobycha Nadym was the first gas production company in the north of Western Siberia. It was created to develop and operate the Medvezhye oil and gas condensate field. It is now also involved in production at the Yubileynoye, Yamsoveyskoye, and Bovanenkovskoye fields. The company holds the license to develop the Kharasaveyskoye gas and condensate field, where pre-development is in progress.

Area of activity: the Nadymsky, Purovsky, and Yamalsky Districts of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. Gazprom Dobycha Nadym is the main employer in the town of Nadym and the settlement of Pangody. The company’s headcount numbers more than 10,000 employees.

Gazprom Dobycha Nadym has 13 operating gas facilities and 15 specialised branches. The annual gas production of the company is over 100 billion cubic metres.

The company has adopted an environmental management system in accordance with the ISO 14001:2015 standard.

**** Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom PJSC, established to develop the Urengoy oil and gas condensate field. Its production facilities include 22 gas-treatment plants, two oil fields, 20 booster compression stations, five gas cooling stations, two APG-utilisation compressor stations, a condensate pumping station, and more than 2,800 wells.

The plant’s total headcount stands at more than 12,000. The company’s head office is located in Novy Urengoy.

An “oil rim” reservoir is one that forms part of an oil or oil-and-gas-condensate deposit in which gas constitutes a considerably greater volume than oil. It is, in fact, a thin seam between a significantly larger gas cap and a water-bearing stratum. The effective development of such geologically complex resources demands the use of new technological solutions in drilling complex wells, identifying ways of lifting liquid with a high gas content, and extreme precision in integrated design engineering.

Achimov deposits are strata located in the lower part of Cretaceous (chalk) deposits almost directly above the oil-bearing Bazhenov formation — a group of geological formations in Western Siberia, located at depths of two, three and four kilometres. The Achimov strata occur throughout the central zone of the West Siberian basin, with the most important being found in the Nadymsky and Purovsky Districts of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. Achimovsky strata are characterised by complex geological structure, necessitating the use of technologically complex techniques in developing these reserves.

Jurassic-Necomian gas and gas-condensate deposits are deep formations at the Kharasaveyskoye and Bovanenkovskoye fields, belonging to the lower part of the Melovaya and Jurassic systems, located at depths of 1,600–3,300 metres and marked by challenging geological conditions including high reservoir pressure and often-low reservoir permeability.

THE BOVANENKOVSKOYE FIELD

The largest field in the Yamal Peninsula in terms of explored gas reserves, with initial reserves estimated at 4.9 trillion cubic metres (tcm), Gazprom started production at this field in 2012. Target production at the Bovanenkovskoye field is 115 billion cubic metres (bcm) per year, which will subsequently increase to 140 billion bcm once Neocomian-Jurassic deposits are included.

THE KHARASAVEYSKOYE FIELD

Located in the Yamal Peninsula, north of the Bovanenkovskoye field, this field is mainly onshore, with part extending into the waters of the Kara Sea. The field is deemed unique in terms of its gas reserves, which stand at two trillion cubic metres. Gazprom began making preparations for the full-scale development of Cenomanian-Aptian gas deposits at the Kharasaveyskoye field in March 2019.

THE URENGOYSKOYE FIELD

The Urengoyskoye field is the largest oil and gas condensate field in Russia, deemed “super-gigantic” in terms of its hydrocarbon reserves. Initial gas reserves stand at more than 10 trillion cubic metres. The field was discovered in June 1966, with production starting in 1978. Commercial oil-well production here started in 1987. Gas and condensate have been produced from Achimovsky deposits here since 2008.

Photo — the Bovanenkovskoye oil and gas field in the Yamal Peninsula (© Gazprom Dobycha Nadym LLC).