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Rosneft launches seismic surveys in Barents and Pechora seas

30th June 2014

Rosneft has started field works at five licence blocks of the Barents and Pechora Seas; East Prinovozemelsky, located in the North-Eastern part of the Barents sea near the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, Perseevsky, located in the North-Western part of the Barents sea, and at the South Russky, South Prinovozemelsky and West Matveevsky license blocks, located in the Pechora Sea

Rosneft starts seismic surveys in Barents and Pechora seas
eismic work will be performed by a specialised research vessel simultaneously with the shipboard gravi magnetometric survey

The following explorations will be conducted at these blocks:

  • West Prinovozemelsky - 3D seismic exploration with a volume of 2,800 square kilometres
  • Perseevsky - 2D seismic exploration with a volume of 6,500 square kilometres
  • South Prinovozemelsky - 2D seismic exploration with a volume of 2,000 square kilometres
  • West Matveevsky - 2D seismic exploration with a volume of 2,000 square kilometres

Seismic work will be performed by a specialised research vessel simultaneously with the shipboard gravi magnetometric survey. All work will be performed in three seismic parties.

The seismic survey is a reliable method of exploration of the geological structure of the subsurface and because of high resolution allows establishing a geological model of the studied areas with a high accuracy, increasing the probability of correct assessment of their oil and gas potential.

In addition, complex engineering surveys with the purpose of obtaining information about engineering-geological and engineering-ecological conditions of the sites for two projectable outposts is planned.

Drilling is planned for 2016 and 2017.

Rosneft carries out the Geological Exploration Program in the Barents and Pechora seas in strict accordance with the requirements of environmental legislation of the Russian Federation and licence agreements.

Organisation of geological surveys on the Barents and Pechora seas shelf is carried out by a specialised subsidiary of Rosneft called RN-Shelf-Arctic.

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