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New frac tech to boost output in West Siberia

17th August 2012

TNK-BP applies improved multi-stage hydraulic fracturing technology for West Siberian exploration

New frac tech to boost output in West Siberia
TNK-BP in 2013 aims to apply this technology in approximately 50 horizontal wells per year across its West Siberian subsidiaries

Russia’s third largest oil company, TNK-BP has applied a new fracturing technology program to be applied in Russia, the firm said in a statement on Thursday, as part of plans to boost performance in resource rich West Siberia.

TNK-BP said it has become the “first company in Russia” to implement an “improved multi-stage hydraulic fracturing technology” to develop hard-to-recover reserves at mature fields in West Siberia.

The core feature of the new technology lies in its usage of special equipment to clean the wellbore after each fracking stage. This enables commercial production immediately after the sixth stage of the process.

The technology was tested in a pilot project run by Samotlorneftegaz and Trican Well Service to test a 6-stage hydraulic fracturing technology in 15 wells. The time required to complete a well has been reduced by more than three times, according to TNK-BP.  Reservoir productivity is also higher than other multi-stage fracking techniques.

“West Siberia is a strategic region for TNK-BP, with potential oil reserves of over 1.5 billion tonnes. The use of new technologies to develop mature fields has enabled TNK-BP to tap reserves that could not be commercially produced before,” said Francis Sommer, TNK-BP Senior Vice President, Operations and Technology.

The firm plans to expand the project to an additional 25 wells in the Samotlor field by the end of 2012. TNK-BP in 2013 aims to apply this technology in approximately 50 horizontal wells per year across its West Siberian subsidiaries.

TNK-BP holds a 16 per cent share in Russia’s oil production. The firm is owned by UK-based BP and the Russian Alfa Access Renova Group (AAR) consortium.

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