Gazprom Neft meets production level at Prirazlomnoye oil field

Gazprom's logo. (Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)
Gazprom’s logo. (Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia’s only offshore oil-producing field in the Arctic, the Prirazlomnoye, reaches the 300,000 ton production limit.

With the production figure, Gazprom Neft meets its previously announced production level at the Arctic field. The company has repeatedly said that it intended to produce 300,000 of Prirazlomnoye oil in 2014.

A tanker in early January completed the delivery of Prirazlomnoye oil, the fourth shipment from the field, reports.

Production at the field started up in December 2013. Field reserves are estimated to about 72 million tons of oil and peak production of five million tons is planned for about 2020.

In 2015, the drilling of another four Prirazlomnoye wells are planned, reports.

As previously reported, Prirazlomnoye is the world’s first project involving oil extraction on the Arctic shelf using a stationary platform. The field platform received the world’s attention in September 2013, when two journalists and 28 activists from Greenpeace, later dubbed “the Arctic 30”, were arrested and imprisoned in Murmansk for over two months following a protest against Arctic drilling.

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Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer

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