The Prirazlomnaya is Russia's only oil production platform in Arctic waters. Photo:

Less oil from Prirazlomnoye

Russia’s only offshore oil production platform in the Arctic will produce 12 percent less than originally planned, operator Gazprom Neft says.
March 16, 2016


The company is cutting the project target production level from 5,5 million to 4,8 million, reports with reference to company sources. Furthermore, the target level will be reached one year later than original schedules, in 2022, the sources say.

As previously reported, Gazprom Neft in 2015 produced about 800,000 tons of oil from the offshore installation. The total amount shipped from the field since start of production in December 2013 is 1.1 million tons.

Two production wells and one injection well are currently in production at Prirazlomnaya.

Prirazlomnoye is the world’s first project involving oil extraction on the Arctic shelf using a stationary platform. Production started in December 2013, and the first shipment of oil left in April 2014. 

Field reserves are estimated to about 72 million tons. 

The field platform received the world’s attention in September 2013, when two journalists and 28 activists from Greenpeace, later dubbed “the Arctic 30”, were arrested and imprisoned in Murmansk for over two months, following a protest against Arctic drilling.

Gazprom Neft uses two specially designed ice-breaking tankers to transport the oil from the Arctic – “Kirill Lavrov” and “Mikhail Ulyanov”.Photo:




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