Gazprom Tenders Drilling At Arctic Field
Russia’s Gazprom has launched a tender for production drilling at the Kharasaveiskoye gas field on the Yamal Peninsula, according to state procurement documents published on August 16.
The state gas giant is offering a contract worth up to rubles 57.6bn ($860mn) for the work, which will run until November 2023. No other details were disclosed.
Kharasaveiskoye has 2 trillion m³ in C1+C2 resources, making it one of the largest gas fields on Yamal. Its exploitation will help compensate output decline at Gazprom’s other large fields further south. Full-scale development was started in March, with production expected to start in 2023 and reach a 32bn m3/yr peak within a few years.
The tender at Kharasaveiskoye follows recent shows of progress at other Gazprom greenfield projects. The company’s subsidiary Gazprom Dobycha Noyabrsk said on August 14 it had connected the Chayandinskoye gas field in eastern Siberia with the Power of Siberia pipeline, paving the way for gas sales to China to begin this December as planned.
A production well has also been completed at the Yuzhno-Kirinskoye gas field off Sakhalin, Gazprom’s offshore field services arm Gazprom Flot said the same day. With a production capacity of 21bn m3/yr, Yuzhno-Kirinskoye is one of Russia’s largest known offshore fields. But development has been beset with delays since the US applied sanctions to the project in 2015.