Gazprom Neft, together with specialists from the Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology (MIPT) Centre for Engineering and Technology has developed a formulation for a dispersant (a chemical agent that destroys the surface film on oil, allowing it to be broken up) capable of clearing oil spills under ice conditions. This dispersant has been developed in line with the climatic conditions of Arctic seas. It is, currently, the only reagent in Russia appropriate for oil-spill response in low temperatures, with laboratory testing having demonstrated 80% effectiveness under ice conditions.
This unique technology has been in development for more than two years. More than 10,000 litres of water and 400 kg of ice from the Barents Sea had to be brought into the MIPT laboratory in order to simulate the Arctic’s natural environment.
The development of this dispersant has been developed as part of Gazprom Neft’s involvement with the St Petersburg Energy TechnoHub. A technical and economic assessment of this new product is expected shortly, together with procurement of usage permits and trademark registration.
“Developing the formulation for a unique, Russian-produced dispersant to be used in ice conditions is an example of successful work of major importance not just to Gazprom Neft, but also to the industry as a whole. In implementing this project in cooperation with the MIPT Centre for Engineering and Technology, we have taken a further important step forward in protecting and preserving the natural environment of the Arctic. Ensuring safety and protecting the environment is fundamental to our approach in implementing technological partnerships with the country’s leading developers.”Igor Rustamov Director General, Gazprom Neft Shelf
“Our centre has considerable experience in offering services in natural resources exploration, production and refining technologies. We are proactive in deploying the Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology’s potential — and that of other leading institutes — in promoting our own technological developments. This joint project with Gazprom Neft, on developing a dispersant for use under Arctic conditions, presented us with a genuinely ambitious task — to obtain a unique product, for which there are, currently, no competitors in Russia. More than two years’ work, and a multitude of tests — under conditions as close as possible to reality, have demonstrated the effectiveness of the formulation we have developed.”Timur Tavberidze Director General, MIPT Centre for Engineering and Technology
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
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.
The MIPT Centre for Engineering and Technology is an innovative engineering and R&D centre, offering a wide range of services in the exploration, production and refining of oil, gas and minerals. Established in 2013, the centre is a pilot project under the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation’s roadmap for engineering and industrial design.
The St Petersburg Energy TechnoHub: the agreement on launching this project was signed at the end of 2019 between the St Petersburg City Administration, Gazprom Neft, and the Agency for Technological Development. This document envisages joint activities in attracting industrial and energy corporations’ engineering departments to the city, as well as supporting the establishment of local technological start-ups and project teams. The number of high-tech companies in St Petersburg is expected to increase six-fold by 2030 as a result of the TechnoHub being established there. This will allow major orders arising from R&D and engineering projects in the energy sector — in which about RUB100 billion a year is invested in Russia — to be concentrated at enterprises and research centres in the city.