Stay Connected

Gazprom starts new offshore Sakhalin drilling campaign

Offshore staff

MOSCOWGazprom’s semisubmersible drilling rigs Polyarnaya Zvezda (Polar Star) and Severnoye Siyaniye (Northern Lights) have left Kholmsk Port on Sakhalin Island offshore eastern Russia and entered the Sea of Okhotsk.

Both rigs are heading to the Kirinsky block on the Sakhalin shelf. Polyarnaya Zvezda will resume drilling of production wells on the Kirinskoye field, a program which started last year. Severnoye Siyaniye will drill an exploratory well on the Yuzhno-Kirinskoye field.

The rigs were constructed at the Vyborg Shipbuilding Plant in northern Russia. They are designed for operation in arctic conditions and can drill exploration and production wells down to 7,500 m (24,606 ft) at water depths between 70 and 500 m (229-1,640 ft).

The Kirinskoye gas and condensate field was discovered in 1992, 28 km (17 mi) offshore Sakhalin Island in a water depth of 90 m (295 ft). Gazprom plans to start production later this year – it estimates reserves at 162.5 bcm of gas and 19.1 MM tons of gas condensate.

In September 2010, the company discovered Yuzhno-Kirinskoye, a larger gas and condensate field on the Kirinsky block. Reserves here could total 563.9 bcm (2 tcf) of gas and 71.7 MM tons of gas condensate.

In autumn 2011, Gazprom discovered Mynginskoye, another field on the same block, with an estimated 19.8 bcm (703 bcf) of gas and 2.5 MM tons of gas condensate.

6/18/2013

Polyarnaya Zvezda and Severnoye Siyaniye
The Polyarnaya Zvezda and Severnoye Siyaniye semisubmersible drilling rigs. (Photo courtesy Gazprom)

Related Articles

FAR updates oil drilling program offshore Senegal

Jun 30, 2014 FAR Ltd has advised that Cairn Energy plc, operator of the Senegal joint venture, had modified the Senegal drilling program to incorporate maintenance that is expected to be completed soon to allow...

RDS to review Snorre TLP drilling needs

Jun 30, 2014

Wood Group Mustang has awarded RDS a pre-front-end engineering study for Statoil’s proposed Snorre C TLP.

NPD reports drilling steady throughout offshore Norway

Jun 30, 2014

Exploration drilling offshore Norway this year has resulted in 13 discoveries, according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).

Saipem to plug Kristin area well offshore Norway

Jun 30, 2014

Saipem’s semisubmersible Scarabeo 5 will perform permanent plugging of an exploration well in the Norwegian Sea for Statoil following approval from Petroleum Safety Authority Norway.

GDI wins five-year contract for newbuild jackup offshore Qatar

Jun 27, 2014

Qatar Petroleum has contracted Gulf Drilling International’s newbuild jackup Dukhan for five years of drilling service offshore Qatar.

Trending News

Offshore Photo of the Day

Ruling clears Dolphin to work in Russian Kara Sea

Oct 1, 2014

Dolphin has received confirmation from the Export Control Division of the Norwegian Foreign Department that the recently announced contract in the Kara Sea is not subject to the current trade restrictive measures against Russia.

CHI awarded offshore GoM helicopter contract

Oct 1, 2014

CHI Aviation has won a five-year contract to provide search and rescue services, and helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) using a Sikorsky S-92 for a major oil and gas producer in the Gulf of Mexico.

Deep Sea Mooring opens base in Australia

Oct 1, 2014

Deep Sea Mooring, a provider of mooring solutions, is expanding its international footprint with the opening of a new office in Perth, Australia. The facility, which will officially open Oct. 8, will provide sales and technical support to customers across Australasia.

Atkins acquires Houston Offshore Engineering

Oct 1, 2014

WS Atkins plc has acquired Houston Offshore Engineering LLC, an oil and gas offshore engineering business based in Houston, for $73 million (£45 million).

  Offshore
Digital Magazine
Look Inside
Cover
Current Issue

Oil & Gas Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>