MOSCOW -- Gazprom has opted for a subsea production system to develop the Kirinskoye field under the Sakhalin III project off north-east Russia.
This will be the country’s first all-subsea development, the company claims. Vladimir Vovk, Head of the Directorate for Offshore Fields Development Technology, said he was confident that subsea production in this area will be safe and economically viable.
“Subsea production technologies are reliable, feasible, and environmentally safe, as evidenced by accident-free operation in various regions of the World Ocean over many years,” said Vovk.
He added that in Russia’s freezing far-northern seas, where navigation is only possible for three to four months, subsea systems may be the only option. The Shtokman gas-condensate field development in the Barents Sea envisages use of subsea production technologies. They will also be applied in field developments offshore the Yamal region, and likely in the Russian sector of the Caspian Sea.