Gazprom Neft won bids for three exploration and development blocks in the West Siberian region of Russia as the company looks to expand regional operations.
The blocks are in the North-Stakhanovsky, Novoromanovsky and Puhutsyaakhsky areas in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (YNAO).
“YNAO is one of the main production centres for our company. By purchasing new sites, we provide ourselves with a resource base for the years ahead, continuing to expand our presence in the region,” said Vadim Yakovlev, deputy director general of Gazprom Neft.
Gazprom Neft previously developed unique fields in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, Novoportovskoye and Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye, which are extremely complex in many ways, from geological to climatic.
“The existing competencies and the high level of our technological development will allow us to achieve maximum efficiency in the development of new assets,” he added.
The Stakhanovsky license covers an area of 2,082.9 km 2.
The Federal Agency for Mineral Reserves has said the recoverable hydrocarbon resources of category D1 (prospective) are 6.4 million tons of oil, 47.7 billion cubic metres and 3.6 million tons of condensate.
The North-Stakhanovskoye and North-Yokhturskoye fields have recoverable reserves of oil category C1 - 0.597 million tons and categories C2 - 0.634 million tons.
Meanwhile, the Novoromanovsky license area of 110 km 2 with recoverable hydrocarbon resources of category D1 amounting to 4.6 million tons of oil, 0.5 billion cubic metres of gas and 0.04 million tons of condensate.
The Puhutsyahsky license covers an area of 825 km2. According to official estimates, the recoverable hydrocarbon resources of category D1 are 1.6 million tons of oil, 19.8 billion cubic metres of gas and 1.4 million tons of condensate.
Gazprom Neft will conduct seismic exploration to clarify the geological structure and resource potential of the site.