Lukoil has started development drilling at the Kravtsovskoye (D-6) field in the Baltic Sea.
The company drilled the first development well from an offshore ice-resistant stationary platform manufactured at OOO Kaliningradmorneft steelworks. This is the first production platform in the Russian offshore that was designed and manufactured domestically.
Lukoil employed theStanislav Yudin crane-barge to install the jacket and assemble the modules of the platform topside.
The platform construction is part of a development program of the Kaliningrad region up to 2010. Investments in the field development total 7.7 billion rubles.
The Kravtsovskoye oil field was discovered in 1983, 22.5 km from the coast of Kaliningrad in 25-35 m of water. OOO Lukoil-Kaliningradmorneft conducted a geological survey, which suggested oil reserves in the Kravtsovskoye field of 21.5 million tons and recoverable reserves of 9.1 million tons.
Twenty-seven wells will be drilled in the field. The average depth of production wells will be 2,160 m. Early oil is expected in the summer of 2004 and 70,000 tons of crude will be produced before the end of the year. By 2007 crude production will reach 600,000 tons and remain flat for seven years. The field life is expected to last 30 -35 years.
A 47-km long underwater pipeline will connect the field to the Romanovo oil-gathering unit on the mainland to convey mixture of oil and associated gas from the reservoir. All industrial and regular wastes from the platform will be transported to the shore for further use.