MOSCOW – Rosneft Oil Co. has drilled what it claims are the first ever geological wells in waters of the Eastern Arctic.
The program was part of a recent research expedition in the Laptev Sea, close to the islands of Kotelny and Novaya Zemlya.
The main objective was to collect core samples to determine the age (stratification), composition and conditions of formation for continental shelf rocks.
In total six stratigraphic wells were drilled, with 415 m (1,361 ft) of core extracted. Total depth of the wells (including non-core drilling) amounted to 840 m (2,756 ft).
Specialists from Innopraktika will analyze the samples at the Geology Department of Lomonosov Moscow State University, helping scientists develop a reliable geological model of the region and obtain new data on its oil and gas potential.
Last year, Rosneft’s scientific geological expedition worked in the northern part of the Kara Sea. Next year the company plans stratigraphic drilling in the Chukchi Sea.