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On December 18, 2012, OJSC Severneftegazprom celebrated its fifth anniversary from the day of the commissioning ceremony of the Yuzhno-Russkoye oil and gas condensate field, which it is developing. Being a fairly young company, OJSC Severneftegazprom has already made a significant contribution to the development of the gas industry in the Russian Federation. According to the Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Chairman of the Board of Directors of OAO Severneftegazprom, Alexander MEDVEDEV, “the company has become one of the most promising and progressively developing enterprises of the Gazprom Group.

High Impact Project

The Yuzhno-Russkoye oil and gas condensate field is one of the largest in Russia, unique in its structure and hydrocarbon reserves, the total volume of which exceeds one trillion cubic meters of gas and 40 million tons of oil and gas condensate. The development of the field is a project of particular importance, in many respects.

Yuzhno-Russkoye is one of the composite resource bases of the Nord Stream export gas pipeline, designed to ensure the stability and continuity of gas supplies to Europe.

The development of the field is an example of successful international cooperation between Russia and Germany in the field of gas production; the company's shareholders are three large concerns - three leaders of European business. These are the Russian OAO Gazprom and two German partners: the chemical concern BASF CE (its subsidiary Wintershall Holding GmbH) and the energy concern E.ON AG (its subsidiary E.ON Exploration and Production GmbH). Cooperation with German partners has a positive effect on the development of the company: Gazprom’s accumulated experience in field development in the conditions of the Far North and permafrost is combined with foreign experience and technical developments.

Five years ago, in December 2007, a solemn ceremony of putting the Yuzhno-Russkoye field into commercial operation took place, when the project was given a special start: a symbolic button to start the field was jointly pressed by the First Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gazprom Dmitry MEDVEDEV and Vice-Chancellor, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter STEINMAYER. The commissioning of the Yuzhno-Russkoye field was the most important event in the activities of OAO Gazprom in 2007.  Alexey MILLER, Chairman of the Board, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of OAO Gazprom, noted that "this is a vivid example of putting into practice the company's consistent policy to increase its production capacity", as well as "an example of the successful implementation of new principles of cooperation between Gazprom and the world's leading energy companies by giants. "

In August 2009, one year ahead, YURGKM was brought to design capacity with gas production in the amount of 25 billion cubic meters per year. In May 2012, the total volume of gas produced exceeded 100 billion cubic meters.

At the forefront of innovation

Yuzhno-Russkoye field is one of the most up-to-date equipped in Russia, the technological solutions used in its development can be called the most advanced without exaggeration. Automated control systems equipped with a special instrumentation base, telemetry complex and the latest generation software allow to conduct operational control over the technological processes of the main and auxiliary production from a single control panel, as well as maintain optimal equipment operation parameters, instantly notify about deviations, prevent the development of abnormal and emergency situations. The use of modern high-tech equipment ensures not only the stability of gas production, but also production safety, minimization of environmental risks and environmental protection.

Currently, specialists of OJSC Severneftegazprom are working on a number of projects, including the development of a modernized plant for the treatment of industrial effluents, and are working on a project for the disposal of flue gases from gas pumping plants. This project involves the generation of electricity through the heat of exhaust gases from gas pumping units; its implementation will not only save gas of its own needs, used in production technology, but also reduce the reduction of CO2 emissions. If the project succeeds at the facilities of OJSC Severneftegazprom, the technology can also be used by other gas producing and gas transportation enterprises of the Russian Federation.

The first in Russia

The most important project implemented in 2012, a pioneer not only for Severneftegazprom, but also for the entire gas industry of the Russian Federation, was the beginning of the pilot operation of the Turonian gas deposits. Severneftegazprom was the first company in Russia to manage to produce Turonian gas and submit it to the UGSS of Russia. Turonian deposits are classified as hard-to-recover reserves, the development complexity of which is caused by abnormally high reservoir pressure, difficult temperature and pressure conditions, as well as heterogeneity and facial variability of reservoirs, so they require the use of unique innovative technological solutions, since traditional development methods do not provide the desired results. To implement the project, a special experimental two-hole well with a flat end was drilled, allowing gas to be produced from two horizons of the Turonian reservoir at once. For its operation, a special dual-flown armature, which has no analogues, was designed and manufactured.

The ceremonial launch of the first production well of the Turonian gas reservoir took place in April 2012.

“This is the beginning of a new stage in the development of the gas industry in Russia, involving the development of hard-to-recover gas reserves,” said Alexander MEDVEDEV, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Severneftegazprom. - Allowing for future gas supply in the future, the development of the Turonian deposits, initiated by OJSC Severneftegazprom, helps to solve the most important goal of Gazprom as a supplier of raw materials in the new gas transmission project (Nord Stream). stability and continuity of supply to Europe.

At the beginning of a big way

Since the Yuzhno-Russkoye field was put into commercial operation, the company has achieved a number of impressive results, which allowed it to take fifth place in terms of gas production, as well as become one of the leading, modern and innovative mining companies of the Gazprom Group.

In the near future, the company is preparing the Turonian gas reservoir for commercial operation. Turon reserves of the Yuzhno-Russkoye field are estimated at more than 300 billion cubic meters of gas, which means a potential increase in production of 5-8 billion cubic meters per year.

As the General Director of OJSC Severneftegazprom Stanislav Tsygankov notes, “the development project for the Turonian deposits is relevant for the development of the entire gas industry. The epoch of easy and cheap gas is over. Both Russia and the world as a whole are moving to a new stage of development, which involves the development of deposits in extremely complex geological, mining engineering and climatic conditions. The industry is faced with the task of efficient and rational development of hard-to-recover gas reserves. Becoming a pioneer in the development of the Turon is a great honor and special status for OJSC Severneftegazprom.

Of course, while the production of Turonian gas is carried out in the mode of pilot production of one experimental well, detailed conclusions regarding the most optimal development system of the turon still have to be done, but the Company is confident that its project will be successful.

The strategic goal of OJSC Severneftegazprom is to become a technological leader in the development of hard-to-recover reserves within the framework of successful Russian-German cooperation, which combines Western technologies with Russian experience in order to achieve maximum production efficiency, wisely using and developing the existing resource base.

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Source:Федеральный деловой журнал "ТСР"

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