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Gazprom Neft Ships 200th Oil Consignment from the Prirazlomnaya Offshore Rig

Gasoil News - Published on Tue, 02 Jun 2020

Image Source: Gazprom Neft Prirazlomnaya Offshore Rig
Gazprom Neft has completed its shipment of the 200th consignment of ARCO crude from its Prirazlomnaya offshore rig. Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all operations on the rig are being undertaken as standard, with all measures necessary being taken to protect employees from COVID-19. This landmark shipment was undertaken by the Mikhail Ulyanov tanker, several return trips to the Prirazlomnaya rig being necessary to despatch a consignment comprising 70,000 tonnes of oil. The vessel typically approaches one of various direct-loading facilities, or moves away from the platform, at a safe distance, depending on the prevailing wind direction, currents and movements of ice. A dynamic positioning system helps keep the vessel in place during transhipment, but the operation itself only starts once 30 essential safety criteria have been met.

Oil has been transported by vessels from the Sovcomflot group of companies since the rig was first commissioned, shuttle tankers the Mikhail Ulanov which completed the first shipment of Arctic oil in 2014 and the Kirill Lavrov, both of which have since delivered more than 13 million tonnes of oil to the Port of Murmansk in the six years the Prirazlomnaya rig has been in operation.

The Prirazlomnoye oilfield is located in the south east of the Barents Sea, 60 kilometres offshore. Recoverable reserves are in the order of 79 million tonnes. The licence to develop this field is held by Gazpromneft-Shelf LLC, a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft. Commercial development of the Prirazlomnoye field started in December 2013. A new oil blend, ARCO, was launched on the global market in April 2014. Gazprom Neft produced its 13-millionth tonne of oil at the Prirazlomnoye field in April 2020.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 02 Jun 2020
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