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Total and Lukoil create joint venture to explore tight oil in Western Siberia’s Bazhenov field

23rd May 2014

Total has signed an agreement with Lukoil creating a joint venture to explore and develop the tight oil potential of the Bazhenov play in Western Siberia

Total and Lukoil create joint venture to explore tight oil in Western Siberia’s Bazhenov field
Seismic acquisition will start in 2014 and exploration drilling will follow in 2015

Total will hold 49 per cent of the joint venture and Lukoil 51 per cent. This agreement finalises the memorandum of understanding signed between the two companies in December 2013.

The joint venture will assess the technical feasibility of developing the tight oil potential of the Bazhenov formation initially on 4 licenses covering an area of 2,700 square kilometres in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District. Seismic acquisition will start in 2014 and exploration drilling will follow in 2015. Total will contribute its Lyaminskiy 3, Vostochno-Kovenskiy and Tashinskiy licences to the project while Lukoil will add the Galyanovsky license.

“Total’s entry into the Bazhenov play, one of the world’s largest shale oil formations, reinforces our position in non-conventional hydrocarbons where the group has developed significant experience with its numerous projects,” outlined Christophe de Margerie, Total’s chairman and CEO. “Our international expertise leveraged with Lukoil’s experience in the region provides a balanced partnership and an excellent basis from which to appraise the huge potential of this Western Siberian play.”

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