The instruction to start production was given by Alexander Novak, Russian Deputy Prime Minister, and Alexander Dyukov, CEO of Gazprom Neft.
The event at the Tazovskoye field was attended by Alexey Chekunkov, Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East & Arctic, and Dmitry Artyukhov, Governor of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.
Gazprom Neft has commissioned an entire field-infrastructure complex at the field, commencing with development from the Tazovskoye-field oil-rim deposit, one of the most challenging assets in the Yamalo-Nenets AO.
Reserves initially in place are estimated at 419 million tonnes of oil and 225 bcm of gas.
Production infrastructure at the field includes oil & gas wells, a gas turbine power plant, oil and gas treatment facilities, oil & gas pipelines, a crude oil delivery and acceptance point (CODAP), and an employee housing complex.Annual production is expected to reach 1.7 million tonnes of oil and 8 bcm of gas.
Alexander Novak said:
- Today marks a genuinely significant event for the country’s oil & gas industry: the commissioning of the Yamalo-Nenets AO’s Tazovskoye field
- This is a unique field in terms of its geological features, and one of the largest in Western Siberia
- The Gazprom Neft team have done an enormous amount of work to ensure that the technologies for developing such a challenging Arctic field have been identified, and applied
- This challenge has been solved by using cutting-edge digital technologies together with solutions in artificial intelligence, Big Data, and robotization
Gazprom Neft’s anti-COVID barrier system, together with effective project management, has allowed it to overcome these challenges, however, and speed-up commissioning of the facility.
Alexander Dyukov, CEO of Gazprom Neft, said:
- The Tazovskoye field is the 1st oil & gas field in Russia to go into operation following the peak of the pandemic
- This has been made possible thanks to the effective barrier system we have put in place to combat COVID-19 and, also — digital technologies
- These have made it possible to carry out and monitor many operations remotely, including using drones
Commissioning the Tazovskoye field symbolises our turning a new page in the history of oil & gas production in the Polar region.
- This major project - in which we are investing more than ₽150 billion to 2030 - will be the core of Gazprom Neft’s new production centre in the Arctic, with potential reserves of more than 1 billion tonnes of oil