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Oil production at Gazprom Neft’s Messoyakhaneftegaz increases 30% in 2018, to 4.4 million tonnes

Oil production at Messoyakhaneftegaz has increased 30 percent year-on-year since the start of 2018, reaching a total 4.4 million tonnes and resulting in the organisation meeting its annual production target ahead of schedule.

Target hydrocarbon production at the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field has been met ahead of schedule (26.12.2018, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug).

This increase in oil production has been achieved through a range of geological and technical initiatives, as well as technologies to intensify oil flow — following which daily oil production at the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field has now reached 13,400 tonnes.

One hundred and 40 wells were built at the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field in 2018, with total borehole penetration running to 540 kilometres in length. Every fourth well was built using “fishbone” technology, each with up to eight individual branches running from the main wellbore, allowing to increase oil recovery from tight Arctic reservoirs.

One of Messoyakhaneftegaz’ most important areas of activity in 2018 concerned the development of the field’s deeper reservoirs. The development of reserves located at depths of 2,500 to 3,300 metres was further complicated by the thinness of productive strata and high reservoir pressure.

Work on finding new promising blocks continued throughout 2018 which, following a comprehensive programme of geological investigations, resulted in an oil- and gas-bearing deposit being discovered, with reserves in place estimated at 85 million tonnes, recoverable reserves from which are estimated at 26 million tonnes of oil. The promising outlook for developing the Zapadno-Messoyakhsky license block was also confirmed, as was its economic viability.

Victor Sorokin, CEO, Messoyakhaneftegaz, commented: “The business is now operating under ever-increasing production. This dictates the necessity of constantly implementing new drilling technologies, intensifying oil flow, processing increasing volumes of raw materials, and constantly developing our human resources. In the two years since Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye went into commercial production we haven’t stopped work on construction and installation for a single day. We re-tooling, bringing cutting-edge equipment into operation, and improving living conditions for shift workers. I’ve no doubt that the era of digitisation, which we’re just moving into, will open up new opportunities for the business, and arm us with new and unique knowledge and tools. Starting to use these effectively will be the business’s key objective in 2019.”

Notes for editors

Messoyakhaneftegaz is a joint enterprise between Gazprom Neft PJSC (operator) and Rosneft, holding subsoil usage rights for exploration and production at the Messoyakha group of oil and gas-condensate fields, comprising the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoe and Zapadno-Messoyakhskoe fields, in the Gydan Peninsula in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. The field is considered unique in terms of its proved reserves. The project is being implemented with very limited access to industrial and transportation infrastructure. President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, gave the instruction to commence commercial production at the field via video link on 21 September 2016.