Gazprom Neft in Chayandinskoye Expansion

Oil Processing Facility and Pipeline

Oil major Gazprom Neft has started development of the Chayandinskoye oil project in northern Russia, drilling the first wells at one of Russia’s largest oil and gas condensate fields.
The complex project to develop the Chayandinskoye oil-rim deposit is expected to drive major breakbulk demand as existing oil processing facilities are expanded.
"One of the key areas in Gazprom Neft’s development strategy is engaging in oil-rim development, including at fields belonging to our parent company … Going forward [Chayandinskoye], together with our other assets in this part of Russia, will become the centrepiece in Gazprom Neft’s new oil production cluster in Eastern Siberia,” said Alexander Dyukov CEO of Gazprom Neft.

Complex Reserves

The project will be developed under an operatorship agreement with Gazprom Dobycha Noyabrsk, and initial production wells built by Gazprom Neft will be used for core and downhole sampling.
“We have both the latest technologies and extensive competencies, as well as valuable experience in developing complex reserves like these. All of which will work to our advantage in developing the oil element at one of Russia’s biggest oil and gas condensate fields — the Chayandinskoye,” Dyukov said.

Following analysis of samples, a range of geophysical investigations will be conducted, allowing key technological and geological metrics to be clarified prior to full development.

ESPO Pipeline

Gazprom Neft also said it plans to build a pressure pipeline from the Chayandinskoye facility to feed oil into the East Siberia Pacific Ocean, or ESPO, pipeline system. The firm will also build a compressor station and pipeline to transport associated petroleum gas to existing gas infrastructure facilities at the Chayandinskoye field.

The full license for the Chayandinskoye oil and gas condensate field is held by Gazprom PJSC, and is projected to form a key part of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline. Breakbulk transport for the construction of this pipeline is expected to require major innovation due to the remote terrain and harsh climate.

Timelines for development will be dependent on findings of initial samples but, based on current evidence Gazprom Neft forecasts the pipeline compressor station will go into operation in 2022.