During this phase the production complex is filled with raw gas and tested under operating conditions.
Following the successful commissioning of Area 4A, it is planned that Achim Development will then proceed to commercial production of hydrocarbons.
In addition, the start of commissioning for Area 5A of the field is planned for Q1 2021.
Achim Development began in April 2018 the preparation of infrastructure at Area 4A/5A for the development of gas and gas condensate reserves of the Achimov formations of the Urengoyskoye field.
The formations lie at a depth of almost 4,000 m and are characterised by extremely high formation pressures, making their development a technological challenge.
The planned overall drilling campaign for Area 4A/5A includes over 140 wells.
Mario Mehren, CEO of Wintershall Dea said:
- Our gas projects in Russia are the cornerstone of our company’s business in terms of both reserves and production
- A gas-focused portfolio is our strategy for the future, and the partnership with Gazprom remains a strategic priorit
- The successful start-up of the Achim Development project makes a significant contribution to our strategic goals, and is an impressive highlight in the long and fruitful history of our partnership
There, Achimgaz, a 50:50 joint venture between Wintershall Dea and Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy, has been producing gas and gas condensate since 2008.
Achimgaz has experience and technical know-how in the development of the complex deposits there.
Drawing on that experience and acting as general contractor, Achimgaz has supported Achim Development in setting up the infrastructure for production start-up at Area 4A/5A.