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Gazprom Neft-Rosneft constructs oil pipeline connecting Russia's most northerly onshore field

05th November 2014

Messoyakhaneftegaz, a joint Gazprom Neft-Rosneft entity, has begun constructing a pressure oil pipeline from the Messoyakha field cluster located in northern Yamalo-Nenetskiy Autonomous Area to the Zapolyarye-Purpe trunk pipeline system

Gazprom Neft-Rosneft constructs oil pipeline to connect Russia’s most northerly onshore field
Oil transportation is planned to be started in late 2016 upon commissioning of the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoe field

The oil pipeline, with a maximum throughput capacity of seven million tonnes per year, will be laid from both sides at the same time for a total length of 96.5 kilometres.

Oil transportation is planned to be started in late 2016 upon commissioning of the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoe field.

The Messoyakha fields are the most northerly known onshore oil fields in Russia.

The project considers the need to minimise the impact on the polar environment and warrant safe and reliable operation of the oil transportation system in the harsh climate.

In particular, to conserve the permafrost layers, the oil pipeline is being placed on special supports with thermal stabilisation of the soil. The system of permanent control of the line condition and integrity uses a special fibre-optic cable laid along the entire track.

The oil pipeline will also be equipped with fire and security alarms and a video surveillance system.

The Indikyakha and Muduiyakha rivers encountered by the pipeline will be crossed underground without disturbing the riverbeds. To create the required underground tunnels, they will employ directional drilling. In the locations of deer migration and travels of indigenous people, the project provides for construction of 14 special passes and crossings.

The Messoyakha field cluster includes the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoe and Zapadno-Messoyakhskoe fields.

The licences for field exploration and development are owned by CJSC Messoyakhaneftegaz, which is controlled by Gazprom Neft and Rosneft on a parity basis.

Gazprom Neft performs the functions of the project operator.

The fields were discovered in the 1980s on the Gydan peninsula in the Taz district of the Yamalo-Nenetskiy Autonomous Area, 340-kilometres north of Novyi Urengoi in the arctic climatic zone in a region of undeveloped infrastructure.

The proved C1+C2 reserves of the fields amount to 465 million tonnes of oil and gas condensate and in excess of 170 billion cubic metres of gas.

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