The shipment, the first in 2015 and the fifth since project startup in December 2013, has been delivered to buyers in Europe. The oil, a total of 70,000, was shipped by the “Mikhail Ulyanovsk”, Sovcomflot’s tanker built for the Prirazlomnaya project, Oilru.com reports.
As previously reported by BarentsObserver, Gazprom Neft in 2014 produced about 300,000 tons at the Prirazlomnoye. The field is Russia’s first offshore Arctic oil project in production.
“The first year of production has allowed us to acquire unique experiences from Arctic shelf developments”, says Gennady Lyubin, General Director of Gazprom Neft Shelf. “In 2014, the loading of oil from the platform to the tankers has been taken to a high level of automatism, and the ships have proved their reliability under extreme conditions”, he adds, Oilru.com reports.
Field reserves are estimated to about 72 million tons of oil and peak production of five million tons is planned for about 2020.
In 2015, Gazprom Neft plans the drilling of another four Prirazlomnoye wells.