The Dukes: the development of the Bazhenov formation in Yugra is no longer dependent on Western technology

KHANTY-MANSIYSK, September 8. /TASS/. The development of the Bazhenov formation in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous district (KHMAO Yugra) is no longer dependent on Western technology and Western companies, said the Chairman of the Board, General Director of JSC “Gazprom Neft” Alexander Dyukov journalists in Khanty-Mansiysk on Friday.

“Last year, despite all the sanctions, we passed a set of technologies that allows us to get the Bazhenov oil solely through the use of Russian technologies, Russian equipment, and all work was performed by Russian contractors. This means that we are in unconventional reserves of the Bazhenov formation is no longer dependent on Western technology and Western oil companies. This is a major achievement, but we continue to work on this project,” said Dyukov.

He said that “Gazprom Neft” has proposed the creation of a technological center on the basis of Polanyi mineral deposits.

“This place is perfect, there is present in the Bazhenov formation, it is well studied, there is already a drilled well, we put the property complex. We invite there and other representatives of vertically integrated companies, equipment manufacturers, investors. We see that already by 2025, it is quite possible, production of the Bazhenov oil in Ugra must be at least 10 million tons per year,” said Dyukov.

In turn, Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak, who is on a working trip to Khanty-Mansiysk, told reporters that the energy Ministry supported the project development of the Bazhenov formation. “This is the future that will allow us, according to various estimates, from 700 million to 5 billion tonnes to extract oil from the Bazhenov formation in the future,” added Novak.

On Bazhenov formation

The search for effective technology for developing tight oil in Russia is OJSC “Gazprom Neft” as the operator of the relevant national project, the development of which will significantly increase production of oil by 2025. The company will run in technology in the area of the Bazhenov deposits, potential recoverable resources of which amount to about 760 million tons. Its development oil called “second life” for the West Siberian fields. Production at Bazine is now less than 1 million tons a year, but thanks to technologies will increase to 10 million tons by 2025, hopefully in “Gazprom oil”.

Bazhenov formation – a group of oil source rocks (formation), identified on the territory of about 1 million square km in West Siberia. Entourage lies at depths of 2-3 km and has a small thickness. In the Bazhenov formation concentrated most of the oil shale of Russia, contain solid organic matter (kerogen) and liquid light oil reservoirs (shale oil). Hydrocarbon reserves in the Bazhenov formation are hard to recover.