“An Offshore Platform Is No Place for Experiments”

By Bojan Soc, May 8, 2014

call a “hoisting crane.” Such contractors have nothing to do with technology and optimization of operations. Their sole obligation is to maintain equipment in working order, and employ skilled, healthy, disciplined workforce. In our case it’s a totally different system, we provide turnkey services and do what is usually done by customers. By the way, such approach benefits the customers themselves, they don’t have to set up their own drilling department in order to launch such a project. Apart from us, no company in the world is doing it this way. 

OGE: You mentioned that project management is conducted out of Moscow. How did you put together your project management team? Did you have to resort to services of foreign specialists?

Valeyev: As I already said, the company is making a great deal of effort to develop offshore projects. That’s exactly the reason why back in 2011 we decided to set up our Offshore Drilling Dept. at Gazprom Burenie’s Moscow headquarters, and beginning from May 2013 its specialists have been working in the “Project Office,” which manages the drilling project at the Prirazlomnoye field. Our staffing plan envisages a 17-man department, but we still haven’t completed our recruitment campaign. All but one are Russian nationals and practically all have been recruited from international companies.

Prirazlomnoye oil field

Discovered in 1989

Located in the Pechora Sea, 60 kilometers offshore from Varandei settlement, Nenets Autonomous District

Sea depth – 19-20 meters

Recoverable oil reserves – 71.96 million tons

Designed oil output – around 6 million tons per year 

(beyond 2020)

Development period – 25 years

Number of wells – 37

Depth of production reservoirs – 2,300-2,700 meters