Russian company Gazprom finds more gas than expected in future Arctic field

A view shows gas wells at Bovanenkovo gas field owned by Gazprom on the Arctic Yamal peninsula, Russia May 21, 2019. Located just a few kilometres west of the Bovanenkovo field, the Kruzenshternskoye field is one of the largest fields in Russia, with a capacity of some 2 trillion cubic metres. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)
The Kruzenshternskoye field holds up to 2 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, the company says.

The field that is located on the western coast of the Yamal Peninsula is significantly bigger than previous estimates. The Kruzenshternskoye holds 360 million cubic meters more than what Gazprom earlier recorded.

With its about 2 trillion cubic meters, the field makes it into the list of Russia’s biggest fields. It is located in the country’s vastly rich natural gas region, only few kilometers west of the Bovanenkovo field. And nearby to the north is the Kharasavay, the field that Gazprom now is in the process of developing.

The Kharasavey holds a similar volume – about 2 trillion cubic meters, and is due to start production in year 2023. The Bovanankovo holds as much as 4,9 trillion cubic meters and was launched in 2012.

The Kruzenshternskoye field is located partly on land, partly offshore. (Gazprom)

Like the Kharasavey, the Kruzenshternskoye field stretches into the Kara Sea.  Gazprom in 2019 drilled a directional exploration well from the coast of the local Sharapov Shar Bay, the company informs.

The exploration also revealed up to 11,6 million tons of condensate.

Gazprom has earlier indicated that it could launch production in the field in the mid-2020s. It is likely to be connected by pipeline with the Bovanenkovo.

The company has a total of 32 licenses in the Yamal area and estimates the total resources to 26,5 trillion cubic meters of gas.

Up to 360 billion cubic meters of gas will ultimately be produced in the region per year, Gazprom says. That is more than half of what the company produced in total in 2019.

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Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer

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