We are ready to build more platforms for the Pechora Sea, Gazprom Neft says.(Photo: Gazprom.ru)
Gazprom Neft is preparing for the construction of another two ice-protected oil platforms designed for the icy waters of the Pechora Sea. They will be placed only few kilometers from the much-debated “Prirazlomnaya”.
Speaking with Nenets AO Governor Igor Fyodorov this week, representatives of Gazprom’s oil subsidiary confirmed that the construction of oil production installations for the Dolginskoye field in the Pechora Sea is in the pipeline.
According to Aleksandr Korobkov, head of the GazpromNeft-Sakhalin, an exploration well will be drilled in the area in 2014, and a field development plan will subsequently be elaborated.
The preferred type of platform for the area is made with a fundament of concrete, the Nenets regional government informs in a press release.
According to the Sever TV, a total of two platforms will operate the Dolginskoye field.
As previously reported, it is the Romanian company Grup Servicii Petroliere (GSP) which is likely to conduct the exploration drilling with the jackup rig GSP Jupiter.
Gazprom has earlier stated that it intends to start production at the Doldinskoye before year 2020. Company representatives have described the field as “a 90 km long colon” and highlighted the highly complex development of the deposit.
The Dolginskoye field is located on 40 meter depths about 100 km north of the Nenets AO coast. The field resources are estimated to up to 235 million tons.Dolginskoye is located near the Prirazlomnoye, Russia’s first ever oil producing offshore field in the Arctic. Gazprom Neft has had major technical problems with the Prirazlomnaya platform and the installation has not yet started production, more than two years after it was towed to the Pechora Sea.
As previously reported, Gazprom Neft, in 2010 took over the licensesto the Dolginskoye field, as well as the Prirazlomnoye field, from its mother company. Gazprom had got the licenses to both fields in 2005.