Russia’s Arctic platform to double oil production

The Arctic oil platform Prirazlomnaya, located in the Pechora Sea. (Courtesy Gazprom)
By the year 2020, the Prirazlomnaya platform in the Pechora Sea will boost annual oil production to five million tons.

It is Russia’s only offshore Arctic oil platform and it in 2017 extracted a total of 2,6 million tons, operator company Gazprom Neft Shelf informs. In 2018, production will increase to 3,6 million tons and in 2020, the Prirazlomnaya will reach its target production of about five million tons.

Operator Gazprom Neft Shelf, a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, in the course of 2017 drilled another four production wells, as well as one so-called discharge well.

The Prirazlomnaya platform is Russia’s only offshore Arctic oil platform. (Courtesy Gazprom)

There are now a total of eight production wells, four discharge well as well as one absorption well in operation, the company informs in a press release.

By 2020, the total number of wells will be increased to 20.

The Prirazlomnoye field holds a total of 70 million tons of oil. Extracted oil is shipped by ice-class tankers to the «Umba», a 300,000 ton tanker located in the Kola Bay, near the city center of Murmansk.

There are now a total of eight production wells connected to the Prirazlomnaya platform. (Courtesy Gazprom)

Since the Prirazlomnoye came into production late 2013, a total of 5,9 million tons of oil has been shipped from the production site in the Pechora Sea to Murmansk. It is part of a quickly growing Russian Arctic oil shipping scheme. In addition to the Prirazlomnaya oil, there are increasing volumes of liquid hydrocarbons shipped from Gazprom Neft’s Novy Port field in Yamal and Lukoil’s Varandey terminal on the Nenets coast.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Arctic nickel, not oil, could soon power the world’s cars, Blog by Mia Bennett, Cryopolitics

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

Norway: Dwindling interest in Norway’s Arctic oil raises many questions, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Gazprom’s exports from Arctic reach record-high numbers, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: EU gives financial push to battery factory in Northern Sweden, The Independent Barents Observer

United States: Big questions emerge over $43 billion gas-export deal between Alaska and China, Alaska Public Media

Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer

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