Gazprom Neft ships the 100th oil consignment from the Russian Arctic Shelf

Gazprom Neft shipped a 100th consignment of the ARCO oil grade from Prirazlomnaya ice-resistant stationary platform, located on the Russian Arctic Shelf. Tanker Kirill Lavrov took care of the remarkable transportation.

The Prirazlomnaya rig is the first and only oil production platform on the Russian Arctic Shelf. The first oil consignment from Prirazlomnoye field shipped in April 2014. Since the beginning of the field commercial operation, more than 6.6 million tonnes of oil have been loaded from the Prirazlomnaya platform.

Ice-resistant stationary platform Prirazlomnaya, the Pechora Sea.

High demand for ARCO oil, produced on the shelf of the Pechora Sea generated by the key characteristics of this grade, such as high density (about 906 1 kg / m3), low petroleum coke residue index and a large number of fractions, used for the lube products manufacturing. The products, based on this oil after advanced refining have a vast scope of application, in particular, used in the tire, pharmaceutical and space industries.

“The development of Prirazlomnoye field is a challenging and ambitious project under extreme climatic conditions. Having successfully completed the hundredth consignment of oil from the Prirazlomnaya platform, we managed to prove that hydrocarbon production on the Russian Arctic Shelf is efficient and safe; furthermore, ARCO grade oil has achieved a stable position in the world market,” commented Andrey Patrushev, Deputy General Director of Offshore Projects Development, Gazprom Neft.


At the moment, Prirazlomnoye is the only project on the Russian Arctic shelf where the commercial oil production is carried out. The commercial field development started in 2013. The new ARCO oil grade first entered the world market in April 2014. Since the beginning of the field commercial operation, more than 6.6 million tonnes of oil have been loaded from the Prirazlomnaya platform. Gazprom Neft Shelf, a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, is licensed as is the subsurface user of the project.

The Prirazlomnoye oil field was discovered in 1989 and is located in the Pechora Sea, 60 km from the shore. Recoverable oil reserves exceed 70 million tonnes. The offshore ice-resistant fixed platform Prirazlomnaya was created for oil field development purposes. It is designed for the operation under extreme climatic conditions, meets most advanced safety requirements and is able to withstand maximum ice loads.

All the wells operated at the field are located inside the platform, its base is simultaneously a buffer between the well and the open sea. The sea depth near the oil field is 20 m. Furthermore, the wells are equipped with oil and gas blowout preventing system. The oil storage system of the platform provides keeping the crude in the liquid state, excluding the possibility of oxygen penetration in the tanks provoking explosive environment.

The offloading line for oil pumping to the tanker is equipped with the emergency shutdown system working instantly. Near the platform, the specialized icebreaking vessels equipped with the newest oil-gathering equipment are constantly on emergency duty.

Prirazlomnaya works in accordance with the “zero waste” principle: used drill mud, sludge, and other manufacturing process waste placed into a special absorbing well.

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