Rosneft starts shipping oil from North Chayvo field

Russian oil giant Rosneft has begun shipment of crude oil extracted at the Northern Tip of Chayvo license off the coast of Sakhalin, with the first tanker carrying Sokol-grade crude leaving port on November 21.

The tanker was loaded at the Sokol single-point oil terminal located 5.7 km east of DeKastri Terminal, Khabarovsk Krai. DeKastri is the first terminal in Russia to ship crude oil year round amid the harsh environment of the Arctic.

Another export batch is scheduled to ship before the year’s end. A fleet of purpose-built oil tankers will carry the hydrocarbons, each 100,000 tonnes in deadweight, escorted by icebreakers. The tankers are reinforced ice class, double hull type to safely transport the cargo even in heavy ice conditions.

Sokol is a premium-quality grade of crude oil—very low in sulfur, at a mere 0.27%, and weighing 0.835–0.837 kg per cubic meter (36.7 °API). For that reason, Rosneft explains, it fetches a higher price that the Dubai, the reference grade in Southeast Asia, and the Oman crude. Although Japan and South Korea are the largest buyers of the crude, many shipments are bound for other Asia and Pacific countries, such as China, Thailand and others.

The Northern Tip of Chayvo license lies on the shallow Northeastern Sakhalin shelf. Its oil and condensate reserves stand at over 15 million tonnes, and gas at close to 13 billion cubic meters.

Rosneft launched a large-scale project to drill the first development well in the North Chayvo license in May 2014; the license was put in production in September of this year. Field development model involves the use of innovative drilling technology. The drilling was done using Yastreb, a unique rig without equal in the world.

In the longer term, North Chayvo will deliver annual plateau production of around 1.5 million tonnes of crude oil. The field’s gas will be the resource base for the proposed Far Eastern LNG Plant.

Share this article

Follow Offshore Energy Today

Events>

<< Feb 2020 >>
MTWTFSS
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 1

Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference (OEEC) 2020

Offshore Energy addresses the technical, operational and commercial challenges associated with future sector growth.

read more >

CERAWeek 2020

 Each year, CERA clients gathered for a few days in Houston…

read more >

Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2020

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) showcases leading-edge technology for offshore drilling, exploration…

read more >

OWI APAC 2020

Over the two-day conference, 30 expert speakers will share exclusive insight to help drive well work efficiencies through innovative…

read more >

Jobs>

Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of OffshoreEnergyToday.com, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below...

apply

Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of OffshoreEnergyToday.com, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below...

apply