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Gazprom prepared for Arctic exploration

11th September 2013

Senior member of Russian oil firm declares company most capable for Arctic exploration

An offshore ice-resistant stationary platform in Prirazlomnaya
Gazprom will develop two ice-class supply vessels between 2014 and 2015

A senior member of Russian oil and gas firm Gazprom has said the company is the ‘’most prepared’’ player in Russia to overcome the technological obstacles of exploring the Arctic shelf, as the development of this area is a strategic objective for the Russian major.


In a presentation at RAO/CIS Offshore 2013, Valery Golubev, deputy chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee talked thoroughly about the company’s readiness for projects in the shelf.


“Gazprom is Russia's most prepared company that has the experience and technical means for independently implementing offshore projects in the Arctic: from geological and geophysical studies to field commissioning,” Golubev said.


Golubev used Gazprom’s modern fleet of drilling rigs and specialized vessels as key examples with two more ice-class supply vessels being built for the company – Ivan Sidorenko and Ostap Sheremeta – between 2014 and 2015.


Gazprom’s upcoming Prirazlomnoye oil field in the Pechora Sea will be the first ever hydrocarbon production project in the Russian Arctic shelf.


The company has already performed a range of studies in the Sea of Okhotsk, with operating conditions close to those in the Arctic. Results there have served as a basis for the company’s Russian Arctic shelf development strategy.


Other BRIC countries are eyeing the Arctic as a potential hub for various exploration and extraction projects. Chinese major CNOOC recently reached an agreement with Iceland’s Eykon Energy to explore the country’s arctic waters.

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