Plenty of gas in new Arctic field, says Russia’s minister of natural resources

The port of Sabetta on the Yamal Peninsula in the Arctic circle. Drilling equipment was delivered to Sabetta and from there transported to the drill site. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)
Drilling results from the Kruzenshternskoye field in Yamal are very prospective, natural resource Minister Sergey Donskoy reveals in an interview.

Nine drill samples from a well in the Kruzenshternskoye field all show presence of gas and gas condensate, Donskoy says in an interview with Interfax.

«All over are influx of gas and gas condensate», the minister says. The interview is referred by newspaper Vedomosti.

The Kruzenshternskoye license area covers both land and offshore areas. According to Donskoy, Gazprom will now proceed with drilling in the offshore part.

Gazprom in May informed that it was preparing for drilling at the Kruzenshternskoye.

Drilling equipment was delivered to Sabetta, the new sea port on the northeastern tip of the Yamal Peninsula, and from there transported to the drill site. Transportation was made on more than 380 km long winter roads built and maintained on the ice and snow-covered Yamal tundra, the company informed.

Artificial island to be built

The Kruzenshternsky license area is located on the western shore of the peninsula, not far from Bovanenkovo, the huge gas field which has been in production since year 2012. The Kruzenshternsky field holds an estimated 965 billion cubic meters of category C1 gas and is located partly offshore in the Kara Sea. A well was drilled in the license also in 2016.

Gazprom intends to get the field in production in the period 2022-2024 and subsequently produce an annual 33 billion cubic meters of gas from the deposit.

A part of the field development plan is the building of an artificial island from where production can take place. Construction of the island will start «in the very near perspective», Deputy Head of Gazprom Geologorazvedka Nail Giniyatullin said in connection with the erection of field monument on site in 2016.

The development of the Kruzenshternskoye subsequently opens the way for the development also of the nearby Kharasaveysky license.

In addition to the operations at the Kruzenshternskoye Gazprom is in the process of well drilling in the Leningradskoye field, the offshore deposit in the Kara Sea.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Arctic offshore drilling too dangerous: Trudeau, Radio Canada International

Finland: Finnish researchers use air, solar power to create renewable hydrocarbon, The Independent Barents Observer

Germany: Cheap oil from the Arctic? Fake news, says climate economist Kemfert, blog by Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle

Norway: Norwegian company discovers gas while looking for oil in Arctic, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: More Arctic gas for Europe as Russia opens new pipeline, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Swedes discover new Barents oil and gas, Radio Sweden

United States: Trump administration considers opening entire National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to oil leasing, Alaska Dispatch News

Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer

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