Gazprom sets forth development needs

Gazprom has discussed its offshore construction requirements with local Russian shipyards during a meeting in St Petersburg.

Offshore staff

ST PETERSBURG – Gazprom has discussed its offshore construction requirements with local Russian shipyards during a meeting in St Petersburg.

A delegation led by Alexander Ananenkov, deputy chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, visited the facilities at Severnaya Verf, Admiralty Shipyards, and Baltiysky Zavod.

The meeting at Baltiysky Shipyard’s premises was also attended by representatives of other Russian companies, including Vyborg Shipbuilding Plant, Amur Shipbuilding Plant, and the Krylov Shipbuilding Research Institute.

Ananenkov said that Gazprom attached great import to developing Russia’s continental shelf, constituting 25% of the world’s ocean shelf, and the prospects for LNG production and maritime transportation.

The company wants to maximize the production capabilities of its domestic producers, but sees a shortfall in production and engineering capacities to build modern marine equipment for offshore operations – particularly drilling rigs and new-generation production platforms.

Russia’s offshore field development program through 2020 will require more than 10 drilling and production installations, over 50 support vessels and at least 23 LNG carriers, Anenkov added. But to deliver this objective, he warned, the producers must undertake a comprehensive upgrade of shipbuilding contractors.

Delegates agreed that in general, all the planned work was progressing according to schedule.

Gazprom is focussing its offshore development initiatives on the Barents, Kara, Pechora and Caspian Sea shelves; the Ob and Taz Bay offshore areas; and in the northeast, the Okohotsk Sea shelf, including Sakhalin and West Kamchatka.

Harsh environment rigs (one jackup and two semisubmersibles) are under construction at the Zvezdochka Shipreparing Center and the Vyborg Shipbuilding Plant. The Krylov Shipbuilding Research Institute is also working on a draft concept for an ice-resistant offshore drilling rig.

Another Gazprom delegation, led by Chairman Alexey Miller, has signed an agreement with Korean gas company Kogas. This envisages the study of various gas supply scenarios from the proposed Sakhalin-Khabarovsk-Vladivostok eastern gas transmission system to Korea.

One area under discussion was the potential for cooperation in offshore platform, LNG carrier and compressed gas production for Gazprom’s existing and prospective projects.

Earlier this month, Gazprom was granted subsurface licenses for the Kirinsky, Ayashky and Vostochno-Odoptinskiy offshore blocks for the Sakhalin III project for an unlimited period.

This project will provide the main resources for the eastern area gas transmission system. Russian shipbuilders are cooperating currently with Korean companies to build two platforms to perform offshore drilling operations.

06/24/2009

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