Severneftegazprom Taking the next step
The Yuzhno-Russkoye field has constantly supplied an annual volume of around 25 billion cubic metres of natural gas. To keep production at this level, the joint venture is developing the next layer of the challenging reservoir.
Together with Gazprom and OMV, Wintershall Dea operates the Severneftegazprom joint venture, which produces 25 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year for Western Europe from the Yuzhno-Russkoye field, which is located about 3,500 kilometres northeast of Moscow in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District in Western Siberia. Its recoverable reserves amount to more than 600 billion cubic meters of natural gas.
Yuzhno-Russkoye is a challenge, but also a jewel in the Wintershall Dea portfolio.
The Yuzhno-Russkoye field consists of four rock strata containing natural gas and oil: Cenomanian, Turonian, Lower Cretaceous and Jurassic. Natural gas has been produced from the Cenomanian reserves since 2007. Booster systems are used to counteract the natural drop in pressure and decline in production.
Severneftegazprom has started the development of the Turonian Formation. Several wells are currently in trial operation as part of the test phase, from which a total of around 860 million cubic metres of gas have already been produced. From 2020, Severneftegazprom plans to develop the Turonian strata on a large scale by drilling a further 88 wells to ensure plateau production until at least 2022. In addition, since April 2014 extension wells have been drilled in the Yuzhno-Russkoye licence area in the sandstone formations in the Lower Cretaceous and Jurassic strata, which are up to 4000 metres deep. The technical challenges of the deeper rock strata in the Yuzhno-Russkoye field are enormous. Oil, gas and condensate can be found in about 50 traps, each with its own special features. The project partners are firmly convinced that they can solve these new challenges together in order to continue contributing to Europe's energy supply in the future.
At Severneftegazprom we work according to the highest standards: we use the latest technologies, have good equipment, qualified personnel and a budget that allows us to carry out our demanding projects. It couldn't be better.
The Severneftegazprom joint venture promotes the talents of its employees. By the beginning of 2019, 33 patents had been applied for to improve production and optimise processes submitted by employees.