Gazpromneft-Technology Partnerships (formerly the Gazprom Neft Bazhenov Technology Centre), the Government of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra’s Department for Subsoil Usage and Natural Resources, and international oil and gas consultants Beicip-Franlab have used this year’s Yugra Industrial and Investment Forum to sign a Memorandum of Cooperation on enhanced oil recovery (EOR).
Gazprom Neft, the Government of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug and Beicip-Franlab are to develop an organisational model for establishing the first chemical-EOR testing facility in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra
The parties have agreed to work together in developing and implementing EOR R&D programmes at oilfields in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra, including through chemical enhanced oil recovery (CEOR).* This agreement establishes the basis for testing CEOR techniques at R&D test sites: the parties are also committed to developing an organisational model for establishing the first such test site in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra. The document also envisages the launch of joint scientific and educational programmes on EOR.
Enhanced oil recovery technologies are one of the most effective tools in developing hard-to-recover reserves and increasing production at mature fields. Using these could bring a further 450 million tonnes of oil into production in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra. Full-scale deployment of CEOR in Russia is currently limited by the high costs of materials, and the need for economic incentives, including tax concessions.
“Gazprom Neft is an industry leader in developing innovative EOR techniques. The company has built up successful practical experience in using these kinds of solutions, including at Yugra fields. Together with Beicip-Franlab, a leading international oilfield services organisation, and supported by our strategic partner — the Government of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra — we will give further impetus to developing CEOR technologies and scaling-up the deployment of cutting-edge EOR tools in Western Siberia.”Kirill Strizhnev Director General, Gazpromneft-Technology Partnerships
“Work on developing effective EOR strategies at Eastern Siberia’s mature fields is critically important to Yugra, Russia’s main oil-producing region. Using these can significantly increase the oil recovery factor (ORF), leading to a significant increase in production and extending the viable development of Yugra’s fields. Close-knit cooperation with oil companies, oilfield services companies and government is critically important here, as is engagement with the scientific and R&D community, given the importance of developing low-volume chemical and petrochemical products.”Sergei Filatov Director of the Department for Subsoil Usage and Natural Resources, Government of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra
“Beicip-Franlab is delighted to have the opportunity to strengthen its technical cooperation with Gazprom Neft, as well as with Yugra’s Department for Subsoil Usage and Natural Resources. Our partnership will focus on EOR techniques — something of strategic importance to the entire industry. As a recognised technological leader in this field, together with our partners in the EOR Alliance, we are proud to be able to make our own contribution to assessing and scaling-up the use of CEOR in Western Siberia.”Jean Burrus Chairman and CEO, Beicip-Franlab
* Chemical enhanced oil recovery (CEOR) refers to technologies that increase the oil recovery factor (ORF) through the use of various kinds of chemical flooding.
Gazpromneft-Technology Partnerships LLC (previously known as the “Bazhenov Technology Centre”) is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, and the operator on the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation’s national project on developing technologies and high-tech equipment for the viable development of Bazhenov Formation reserves. Gazpromneft-Technology Partnerships is Gazprom Neft’s knowledge hub and management centre for the company’s key areas for strategic development, including “Hard-to-recover (non-traditional) reserves”, “CEOR”, and the Achimovsky Formation. This enterprise is also responsible for managing the marketing and monetisation of Gazprom Neft’s upstream technology products.
The Department for Subsoil Usage and Natural Resources of the Government of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra is an executive governmental agency for that region. It is responsible for implementing consistent and coherent government policy and enforcing statutory regulation, managing government assets, and delivering government services in various areas including geological investigations; subsoil usage and protection; modernising the oil and gas industry; and ensuring the responsible use of hydrocarbon, forestry and water resources. It is also responsible for the husbandry, breeding and protection of wildlife environments and habitats, as well as managing specially protected local areas of outstanding natural beauty.
Beicip-Franlab (part of the IFPEN Group (the Renewable Energy Institute, formerly the French Institute of Petroleum)) is an international consulting company with more than 60 years’ experience in exploration and field development, as well as in developing cutting-edge software for the oil and gas industry. Beicip-Franlab has, for many years, been active in all of the world’s oil and gas basins, regularly evaluating the risks and resources involved in promising hydrocarbon systems, both onshore and offshore. Beicip-Franlab is part of the EOR Alliance, an affiliation between the Renewable Energy Institute — IFPEN, Beicip-Franlab, and Solvay — all leaders in delivering integrated solutions for the commercial deployment of CEOR. The EOR Alliance has successfully completed more than 30 projects in this area over the past five years. With a branch in Russia, Beicip-Franlab is active in more than 100 countries, working for national and international companies as well as governments.