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Gazprom Neft inaugurated its Arctic underwater gas pipeline through Ob Bay on the Kara Sea

This new facility was launched by Alexander Novak, Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Alexander Dyukov (CEO of Gazprom Neft) via video link, with Dmitry Artyukhov (Governor of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug)

Gazprom Neft inaugurated its Arctic underwater gas pipeline through Ob Bay on the Kara Sea

St.Petersburg, December 13 - Neftegaz.RU. Gazprom Neft has commissioned its Arctic subsea gas pipeline, connecting production facilities on the Yamal Peninsula to the Yamburg-Tula gas trunk pipeline.

This pipeline, unique in terms of the technologies involved and the complexity of its construction, will transport gas from the Novoportovskoye field into Russia’s Unified Gas Supply System (UGSS).

The Novoportovskoye field is one of Gazprom Neft’s key projects in the Arctic, and one of the largest oil and gas condensate fields under development on the Yamal Peninsula.
Oil produced at the Novoportovskoye field is unique in its characteristics, being designated a unique light low-sulphur oil (around 0.1%) and assigned its own grade — Novy Port crude.

Alexander Novak said:
  • This uniquely complex project is not only facilitating field development: the laying of this gas pipeline (in compliance with all environmental standards) also means that instead of gas being reinjected into strata it can now feed into Russia’s UGSS
  • Natural gas will be sent to European Russia to supply major cities
  • Added to which, this project is generating additional tax revenues for the region, as well as creating an environment in which the company’s most cutting-edge technologies can be put to use
The 20-billion-m3 (bcm) annual-capacity subsea Arctic gas pipeline is a key element in the major Yamal Gas investment project, aimed at ensuring the optimum use of all reserve types and categories at the Novoportovskoye field, and at ensuring cohesive and integrated resource-base development in the south of the Arctic Peninsula.

A gas processing plant (for processing natural gas, condensate and APG) is also being built as part of this project.

The Yamal Gas project opens up opportunities for developing new fields in the south of the Yamal Peninsula, and for integrating these into a promising new cluster with potential production reaching up to 10 million tonnes of oil and 20 bcm of gas per year.
Project infrastructure will ensure effective APG utilisation of up to 95%.

The high environmental standards on this new gas transportation infrastructure reflect the region’s unique climate, with the state-of-the-art technology used in building the pipeline guaranteeing its reliable and environmentally safe operation.

Alexander Dyukov noted:
  • The company has invested ₽150 billion in the Yamal Gas project
  • Developing new infrastructure means all of Novy Port’s resources - oil, condensate and gas - can be utilised to the greatest possible extent
  • Added to which, this project opens up new opportunities for developing a whole cluster of fields in the south and centre of the Yamal Peninsula, predominantly in terms of gas reserves
  • I’d also like to highlight the company’s high environmental standards in building this infrastructure
  • Preserving the Arctic’s unique ecosystem is an overriding priority for us in implementing all of our projects in this region
The 58.4 km-long underwater section traversing the Gulf of Ob (the largest bay in the Kara Sea) has been laid 5m below the seabed, thus protecting the biosphere from noise, vibrations and electromagnetic pulses.

The pipeline’s unique construction avoids any thawing of the permafrost, while underground siting and subsequent land reclamation will ensure local indigenous peoples’ traditional way of life is protected and preserved.
The nearby Novy Port population centre is to be connected to the gas network during the course of this project.

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