Astrakhan, July 24 - Neftegaz.RU. Alexander Novak, Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, Vagit Alekperov, President of LUKOIL, and Igor Babushkin, Governor of Astrakhan Region, visited an offshore ice-resistant fixed complex, OIFC (Russian: MLSK-1), at Vladimir Filanovsky field, in the Caspian Sea today.
The guests were able to observe the complete process flow at the platform, beginning from hydrocarbon production all the way to the transportation of finished products. In future, the MLSK-1 infrastructure will serve to develop the infrastructure of other Caspian fields.
Currently, the 3rd-stage of infrastructure development is under way. LUKOIL has mounted the wellhead platform topside (mini-platform) on the bearing units in the Caspian Sea. The total weight of the structure exceeds 2.8 thousand metric tons.
A self-elevating floating drill rig will drill wells from the wellhead platform. The produced oil will go to the central processing platform of the 1st field-development stage through a subsea pipeline.
Filanovsky field's 3rd development stage aims at bringing its western part into development and at maintaining production at the target level of 6 mln metric tons. Oil production at the wellhead platform is to begin this year. The facility will be minimally manned and almost fully automated.
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