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Messoyakhaneftegaz to help in studying and preserving permafrost

Messoyakhaneftegaz and the Government of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug have entered into an information sharing agreement on investigating and preserving permafrost. Signatories to the agreement, signed during the Yamal Oil and Gas Forum in Salekhard, were Dmitry Artyukhov, Governor of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug and Alexei Kan, CEO, Messoyakhaneftegaz.

Cooperation between Gazprom Neft and the Okrug government will focus on investigating permafrost as a key element in the Arctic ecosystem. The parties will join forces in sharing data on geocryological monitoring through the Arctic Research Centre,* jointly analysing the data obtained, evaluating the condition of permafrost, and participating in developing solutions for regulating cryogenic processes.

Messoyakhaneftegaz today takes a proactive stance on issues relating to the preservation of Arctic soils, and is involving representatives from the scientific community in investigating the unique geological features of Gydan strata in its development of hard-to-recover oil reserves. The company is implementing a geotechnical surveillance programme,* monitoring the condition of permafrost at the Messoyakha group of fields and deploying digital techniques to monitor foundations at field facilities through global satellite positioning systems, as well as automating its surveillance of the behaviour of sensitive soils.

Messoyakhaneftegaz’ holistic approach to building and operating oil production facilities, together with the outcomes of collective geotechnical monitoring, is providing the scientific community with valuable information for up-to-the-minute decision making in ensuring the safe and environmentally friendly development of the Arctic.

“The agreement we have concluded with the Government of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug will help take work in preserving the unique ecosystem of the Polar Circle to a new level. The joint efforts of representatives from the scientific community, government and the oil industry will make it possible to create a regional predictive model on the condition and status of permafrost soils, which will become the basis for the accident-free operation of Yamal’s oilfields, going forward. This collaboration will also help preserve the ecological equilibrium in the Arctic, as well as promoting the deployment of new technical solutions in civil and industrial construction.”
Alexei Kan
Alexei Kan CEO, Messoyakhaneftegaz
“Investigating the condition of permafrost soils is one of our most important tasks. We are keen to expand the range and scope of that monitoring as far as possible. Messoyakhaneftegaz operates in the northern territories. Up-to-date information from this part of Yamal is very important in helping us understand the whole picture. We will be building a large observation network across the whole Okrug, in the nearest future, so that we can, together with scientists, give accurate predictions and understand how to respond to changes here.”
Dmitry Artyukhov Governor of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug
Notes for editors

The Messoyakha group of fields includes the Vostochno (Eastern) and Zapadno (Western) Messoyakhskoye blocks, located in the Gydan Peninsula (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug). These fields are considered unique in terms of proved reserves. This project is being implemented with very limited access to industrial and transportation infrastructure. Licences to both blocks are held by Messoyakhaneftegaz, jointly owned by Rosneft and Gazprom (operator on the project). President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, gave the instruction to commence commercial production at the field via video link on 21 September 2016. Total production at the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field stood at more than 20 million tonnes as at February 2021.

* Geocryological monitoring refers to a range of measures used in measuring the depth of frozen strata, involving the monitoring of annual soil temperatures, determining the rate of cryogenic processes, and investigating the structure of permafrost, over time. The first ever study into permafrost soils on the Gydan Peninsula in the entire history of geocryological surveillance occurred at the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field. Unique data obtained through integrated examinations of core material from parametric permafrost wells will be included in the regional permafrost-monitoring database.

** Geotechnical monitoring is a holistic system for monitoring, forecasting and managing the condition of buildings’ and structures’ foundations to ensure the safe operation of oilfield facilities at every stage of their lifecycle.