Gazprom Neft has brought its second well into production at the Prirazlomnoye field, with output totalling 1,800 tonnes per day. The Prirazlomnoye project is the first ever upstream project on the Russian Arctic Shelf, Commercial production started in December 2013.
The launch of the new well will see production increase more than two-fold in comparison with 2014 production levels at Prirazlomnoye, which stood at 300,000 tonnes. The depth of the new well extends to more than 4,500 metres, with drilling undertaken by Russia’s GAZPROM Burenie LLC.
Altogether, the project envisages 36 wells being brought into production, including 19 production wells, 16 re-injection wells, and one absorption well.
All wells to be drilled at Prirazlomnaya will be located within the platform, the base of which then acts as a buffer between the well and the open sea. In addition to which, all of the wells are specially equipped to prevent the possibility of any uncontrolled emission of oil or gas and can, if necessary, be hermetically sealed within 10 seconds, Gazprom has said.
Andrey Patrushev, Deputy CEO, Shelf Projects Development, Gazprom Neft, commented: “Ensuring environmental safety and the uninterrupted operation of our technical installations is the single most important objective for Gazprom Neft in the fulfilment of our projects under the harsh climatic conditions of the Arctic. The two-fold growth in production at the Prirazlomnoye field is a clear illustration of the effectiveness of the equipment and technologies in use.”