Bazhen technological centre
New industrialization of Western Siberia
Establishing technological leadership
The Bazhenov formation consists of a bed of rocks that is 30-80 m thick in Western Siberia at depths of 2,000-3,000 metres over an area of more than 1 million km2. According to optimistic estimates, the oil resources in the Bazhenov formation could reach as much as 18-60 billion tonnes Potentially recoverable resources that will only be available if the necessary technological solutions are developed. and are classified as non-conventional. The rocks in the Bazhenov formation are regarded as similar to North American shale from which shale oil is extracted in the U.S.
One of the largest scientific consortiums in Russia was established to study the Bazhenov formation. It consists of an alliance between Moscow State University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, and the Skolkovo Technical Centre, where Gazprom Neft is a production partner. The alliance studied 617 m of the core of the Bazhenov formation from nine prospective areas and conducted more than 20,000 experiments.
Now, Gazprom Neft and its partners are setting up the Bazhen Technological Centre at the Palyanovskaya area of the Krasnoleninskoye field in KMAD-Yugra. It will provide an open platform for the development of technologies that can be used not only by oil and gas companies, but also by engineering, oilfield services, machine-building companies and software developers. The project has already been granted national status, and the Centre is scheduled to open in 2018. Approximately RUB 8.5 billion will be invested in the site by 2021, including investments of RUB 7.5 billion by Gazprom Neft and RUB 685 million in state financing. The Company plans to drill more than 50 wells at the Palyanovskaya area by 2021 followed by another 50 plus wells with hydraulic fracturing by 2027. As the required technologies are developed, oil production from the Bazhenov formation will reach 10 million tonnes per year by 2025, with Gazprom Neft’s share making up 2.5 million tonnes of that amount.