Extraction of hydrocarbons on the shelf was discussed on the Arctic oil and gas week
7:37 2 октября 2014
Категории: News in English
The participants of the fourth international Arctic oil and gas week, which is taking place in Moscow, discussed the role of Russian northern regions on the global energy market and prospects of shelf projects.
About 200 people gathered on it. They are employees of scientific establishments such as the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, the Institute of Oil and Gas Problems at RAS, the State University of Management, Gazprom VNIIGAZ, the All-Russian Research Institute for Civil Defense and Emergency Situations at the Ministry for emergency situations of Russia and Finnish Meteorological Institute. Besides, representatives of large Russian and foreign oil and gas, transport, juridical and consulting enterprises are participating in the action. Thus, a specialist of the Norwegian company Rystad Energy spoke on the report on shelf projects in the Arctic. According to his words, during the coming tens of years hydrocarbon extraction will move from the continent farther to the sea. However, at the present time some serious problems prevent from development of shelf projects, including in the Barents Sea and the Kara Sea: large expenditures (helicopters, platforms, sea ships are required) and short season of drilling – it is possible to reach extractive fields only in summer. At that, usually it is possible to start hydrocarbon extraction only 10 years after the beginning of work. As he underlines, many technological innovations are necessary for successful development of such projects in difficult climate conditions of the Russian Arctic.
The deputy director on science in the Institute of Oil and Gas Problems at RAS Vasiliy Bogoyavlenskiy informs that every year more than 1 milliard tons of oil and 800 milliard cubic meters of gas are extracted on water areas, one third part of the whole oil and gas extraction in the world is on the account of the continental shelf. Russia is the leader on amounts of hydrocarbon export; however, the USA is ahead on gas production, Saudi Arabia – on oil production.
Especially the scientist focused attention on the new oil and gas field, which had been discovered last week in Yamal. «Pobeda» (Victory) is a large field. Specialists believe that in the future it will be included into the row of unique fields. Vasiliy Bogoyavlenskiy considers its name remarkable and proper for such difficult geopolitical moment of today.
After the plenary session the specialists exchanged their opinions about influence of the western sanctions on oil and gas branch and also discussed the personnel issue.
As we should note, the oil and gas week is lasting during 3 days. On the 3rd of October the participants of the conference will discuss development of the Northern Sea Route.