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Rosneft celebrates 125 years of Sakhalin oil and gas development

09th July 2014

An important date for Sakhalin oil; 125 years ago exactly at the territory of present-day Okhinsky district geologic exploration was performed for the first time in Sakhalin oil and gas industry

Rosneft celebrates 125 years of Sakhalin oil and gas development
The history of hydrocarbons production at Sakhalin dates back to 1928

Since that moment starts a rich history of Sakhalin hydrocarbons production.

In 1879, pursuant to instructions of their master, a merchant Alexey Ivanov, two clerks came here especially explore oil deposits and to stake claims. The very first exploration wells were drilled ten years later by Ivanov’s successor, a resigned marine officer from Saint-Petersburg Grigory Zotov. He bought four drilling rigs in Saint-Petersburg to start works and by the summer of 1889 organized an expedition to the north of Sakhalin, which was led by an experienced mining engineer Leopold Batsevich.

The history of hydrocarbons production at Sakhalin dates back to 1928, when on 10 August a state association of oil and gas industry was established as a trust named Sakhalinneft, now known as Sakhalinmorneftegaz, NC Rosneft subsidiary.

Sakhalinmorneftegaz has risen from a small trust to a leading enterprise, using innovative methods of exploration.

The enterprise has produced about 130 million tons of oil and more than 70 billion cubic metres of gas. At the moment the annual performance of Sakhalinmorneftegaz totals 1,2 million tons of oil and more than 400 million cubic metres of gas.

Sakhalinmorneftegaz is one of the oldest oil production enterprises. It performs operating functions at more than 30 development licences of Sakhalin oil and gas deposits.

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