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Sechin briefed on the discovery of the oil field in the new Kara province
Rosneft successfully completed drilling of the world's northernmost Arctic well Universitetskaya-1, which resulted in the discovery of oil in the Vostochno-Prinovozemelsky-1 license area in the Kara Sea. The drilling was carried out in record time - in a month and a half, with absolute compliance with all technological and environmental requirements, the press service of the company said.
The depth of the sea at the point of drilling is 81 meter, the depth of the vertical well is 2113 meters. The well was drilled in open water conditions - on 74 parallels, in 250 kilometers from the mainland of the Russian Federation.
Based on the results of exploratory drilling, rock samples were obtained, a pilot shaft was drilled (diameter 8,5 inches to depth 600 meters), a horizontal core was taken. A significant amount of fundamentally new geological information was obtained, after processing of which it will be possible to finally evaluate the resource base of an open field. Currently, the interpretation of geological data is being carried out, and a field development model is being developed. The safety and trouble-free operation of further drilling is ensured by the descent of 5-ti columns.
At the solemn ceremony dedicated to the completion of drilling, the head of Rosneft Oil Company Igor Sechin said: “I can inform you about the opening of the first oil and gas condensate field in the new Karskoy maritime province. Received the first oil. This beautiful light oil is even comparable with the Siberian Light grade, even according to the initial results of the analysis. A preliminary assessment of the resource base is only for this first 338 trap opened by us, billion cubic meters of gas and more than 100 million tons of oil, and this is only one of the structures in this field. This is a unique result in the first exploratory drilling on the shelf in a completely new field. This is our common victory; our friends and partners from ExxonMobil, Nord Atlantic Drilling, Schlumberger, Halliburton, Weatherford, Baker, Trendsetter, FMC participated in its achievement. And we want to call this deposit "Victory".
Exploration was preceded by a series of detailed studies of the environment: weather, ice conditions, their movement, and features of the animal world. For a number of years Rosneft has been conducting such studies in the Kara Sea, the Laptev Sea, in the Chukchi Sea. All data are taken into account for planning the exploration, for designing future platforms, for determining the entire logistics of providing offshore projects.
Rosneft has already organized ten research expeditions in the Arctic. As a result of this work, the meteorological observation system in the Kara Sea was completely restored. Special attention is paid to biological research, including monitoring of the habitat of marine mammals and birds.