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Rosneft lauds Kara Sea arctic oil as better than Brent

30th October 2014

Rosneft has announced that oil from its frontier Pobeda field and Universitetskaya-1 well in the arctic Kara Sea has been tested by the laboratories of TomskNIPIneft and found to be of higher quality than Brent and Siberian Light oils

Kara Sea arctic oil better than Brent according to Rosneft
The studies were carried out using the most up-to-date equipment including gas chromatography, isotope and molecular mass spectrometry

The results of the studies were presented to Rosneft head Igor Sechin at a meeting at the TomskNIPIneft headquarters.

“The results of a set of studies of reservoir fluid samples, drilling cuttings and core samples performed by TomskNIPIneft confirmed predictive appraisal of the oil quality," said Rosneft in a statement released today.

"This ultra-light oil surpasses the benchmark Brent oil as well as Siberian Light oil and WTI on the key indicators (density and sulphur content).

“It is comparable to the oil from White Tiger oilfield of the Vietnamese Shelf. The density of the oil from the Universitetskaya-1 is 808-814 kg/m3, compared to 834 kg/m3 for Brent. Sulphur content by weight in the oil of Pobeda is just 0.02 per cent, compared to 0.2-1 per cent in Brent and 1.2-1.3 per cent in Urals.

“Also, Pobeda’s oil has a high light cut yield of 60-70 per cent and a low tar content of 1.5 per cent.

“Following the studies of core, TomskNIPIneft research workers provided on-going estimate of oil and gas resources following the data from the Universitetskaya-1, which showed that the resources of even of the first hydrocarbon trap discovered amount 391.9 bn cubic metres of gas and 128.7 mln tons of oil by C1+C2 category.”

The studies were carried out using the most up-to-date equipment including gas chromatography, isotope and molecular mass spectrometry.

TomskNIPIneft acts as the general design centre of facilities in Rosneft’s key upstream subsidiaries - Vankorneft, Vostsibneftegaz, RN-Purneftegaz, Rospan-International, Tyumenneftegaz, RN-Yuganskneftegaz and Tomskneft.

In 2010 and 2012 the institute took first place in Rosneft’s ranking of corporate research institutes.

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