The development of infrastructure and field operations in the Yamal Peninsula has reached a level, which makes possible a launch of the Bovanenkovo field ahead of schedules, Gazprom deputy Aleksandr Ananenkov said when visiting the gas-rich area this week.
Mr. Ananenkov, who today headed a field development meeting in Labytnangi (Nenets Autonomous Okrug), believes the project has progressed to such a level that production could start up ahead of schedules, it that should be necessary, a press release from Gazprom reads.
Gazprom earlier this year announced that it was postponing the launch of the giant Bovanenkovo project because of the increasingly strained economical situation. The company has experienced a major cut in gas demands following the financial crisis, and been forced to make subsequent reductions in production.
As reported by BarentsObserver, the revised start-up time for the project is 2012.
In the meeting in Labytnangi, Mr. Ananenkov said that all nine project drilling rigs will be ready for operations already in the beginning of 2010. Also the Obskaya-Bovanenkovo railway line will be completed in early 2010.
Of the 1100 km long Ukhta-Bovanenkovo gas pipeline, a total of 340 km have been built, and that includes the about 70 km distance across the Baydarata Bay, the Gazprom representative said.