Novoportovskoye, the oil field located in the southeastern part of the Yamal Peninsula, is with its 250 million tons of resources one of Gazprom Neft’s biggest regional assets and a soon-to-be significant source for Arctic oil shipping.
The company is now in full swing with the development the field, as well as a 100 km long pipeline and a 8,5 million ton/year capacity port and terminal at Cape Kamenny on the coast of the Ob Bay. From 2015, the port will enable Gazprom Neft to ship out the Novoportovskoye oil through the Ob Bay, most of it towards Murmansk, where it will be reloaded and forwarded to west European buyers.
This year, the company will drill a total of nine wells at the field. Another 51 wells will be drilled before 2016, the company informs. All operations are conducted by subsidiary company Gazprom Neft Novy Port.
As previously reported, the first oil from Novoportovskoye was tapped in 2013 and trucks have subsequently the last two winters transported thousands of tons of oil out on temporary winter roads across the local tundra. In the winter of 2014, a total of 35,000 tons was taken to Payuta, a terminal on Gazprom’s Bovanenkovo-Ob railway line, the company informs in a press release. After 2015, that oil will be pipelined to Cape Kamenny and there loaded into ice-protected tankers.