Yesterday in Murmansk a group of Gazprom’s experts led by Alexander Ananenkov, Deputy Chairman of the Company’s Management Committee visited an affiliate of the Zvezdochka Shiprepairing Center to inspect the Prirazlomnaya offshore ice-resistant stationary platform.
The delegation was joined by Roman Trotsenko, President of the United Shipbuilding Company, Nikolai Kalistratov, Director General of the Sevmash Production Association as well as representatives from design and contracting companies.
It was emphasized at the meeting moderated by Alexander Ananenkov that the platform was almost ready. The main and auxiliary power generators providing the platform with electricity have been installed, the startup operations are underway. The electric work is nearing completion at the drilling equipment. Final assembling and testing of the oil spill response system are underway.
Startup operations are being carried out at the personnel life support system. The evacuation and fire fighting systems are ready for service.
The meeting paid special attention to the platform delivery to the Prirazlomnoye field.
Based on the meeting results, Gazprom’s structural units and contracting companies were given the tasks aimed at prompt completion of the platform and its preparation for towing.
Prirazlomnaya is the first offshore ice-resistant stationary platform designed and built in Russia. The platform measuring 126 meters wide by 126 meters long has the unballasted weight of 117 thousand tons. The platform accommodates 200 people all the year round.
Pre-development of the Prirazlomnoye oil field in the Pechora Sea is a priority project on the Russian Arctic shelf. The platform will make it possible to perform all process operations on site: drilling, oil production and storage, treatment and offloading of final products.
The Prirazlomnoye oil field is located on the Pechora Sea shelf 60 kilometers off the shore. It contains 72 million tons of oil reserves enabling to achieve the annual production level of more than 6 million tons. The field development is of crucial significance for Gazprom Group’s oil business development strategy.
Source: Gazprom, August 10, 2011;