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Novoportskoye Field Coming On-line in Yamal

Gazprom Neft is drilling its first well at the Novoportskoye field and intends to start regular production and outshipping through the Northern Sea Route in 2014.

The company has started the drilling of its first well as the field located in the Yamal Peninsula about 30 km from the Ob Bay. Another four wells will be drilled in the course of the year, the company informs in a press release.

Gazprom Neft intends to export all the oil extracted at the Novoportskoye field through the Northern Sea Route. The company plans to build a new port at the Cape Kammeny in the Ob Bay. A test sailing mission with the nuclear-powered icebreaker Vaigach in late 2011 showed that the site can be used for the purpose. The Ob waters are in winter covered by ice with a thickness of up to two meters and the ice-free season lasts only about three months.

Gazprom Neft’s planned terminal at Cape Kammeny is located about 400 km south of the Sabetta Port, the site where Novatek is planning its Yamal LNG plant together with French energy major Total.

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