Gazprom Neft inaugurates underwater pipeline for Yamal Gas project
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Russian company Gazprom Neft announced it had inaugurated its Arctic underwater gas pipeline through Ob Bay on the Kara Sea.

    The new gas pipeline, with a capacity of 20 billion cu.m. per year was completed as part of the Yamal Gas project to transport gas from the Novoport field to Russia’s unified gas supply system. Gazprom Neft’s investment in the project was more than 150 billion roubles ($2 billion).

    The Yamal Gaz project opens opportunities for the development of new fields in the south of the peninsula and will bring them together in a promising cluster with potential annual production of up to 10 million tonnes of oil and 20 bcm of gas. The project’s infrastructure allows for 95 % of useful associated petroleum gas to be conserved.

    The pipeline extends from Novoort for 115.5 km with a total underwater section of 58.4 km. laid 5 km beneath the level of the bottom of the waterway. The pipeline links production sites on the Yamal peninsula with the main Yamburg-Tula gas pipeline.

    “Natural gas will flow to the European part of the country to supply major cities,” the company quoted Deputy Russian Prime Minister Alexander Novak as saying at the inauguration ceremony. “The project will also generate additional tax revenue for the region and create conditions for the company to use its most modern technologies.”

    The head of Gazprom Neft, Alexander Dyukov said that the installation of new infrastructure will allow for the most effective possible use of all resources at the new port – oil, condensate and gas. And the project also provides opportunities to develop an entire cluster of fields in the south and centre of the Yamal peninsula, primarily for gas reserves.

   The Novoport field is Gazprom Neft’s key Arctic project — and one of the largest developed oil and gas condensate deposits on Yamal. Initial recoverable reserves of category AB1 and B2 oil and condensate total 248 million tonnes, along with 266 bcm of gas. Total production in 2020 stood at 14.87 million tonnes of oil equivalent – a 5 % increase on 2019 results.

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