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Prirazlomnoye field to produce first oil in December

October 8, 2013

Plans have been made to launch oil production at the Prirazlomnoye field in the Arctic this December, Gazprom Neft General Director Alexander Dyukov told journalists.

“Oil production may launch in late 2013 – in December,” he said, while replying to the question about planned oil production at the Prirazlomnoye field.

On September 18, the Prirazlomnaya platform, which conducts drill-stem tests and will soon launch oil production, was attacked by Greenpeace activists who tried to seize the facility. The environmentalists were protesting against plans to start Arctic oil production. In all, 30 people were arrested after the attack.

Talking to the Prime Business News Agency earlier this week, Gennady Lyubin, the executive director of the Gazprom Neft Shelf operating the Prirazlomnaya platform, said the attack did not hinder pre-production preparations in any way, and that the first oil volumes will be produced as planned before the year is out.

In July 2013, Gazprom Neft Shelf officials said the company planned to produce 140,000 metric tons of oil this year at the Prirazlomnoye field in the Pechora Sea and to expand production to 600,000-700,000 metric tons in 2014. Lyubin said the forecast has remained nearly the same, but some adjustments are possible.

Discovered in 1989, the Prirazlomnoye field is located on the continental shelf in the Pechora Sea 60 kilometers from the Russian coast at a depth of 19-20 meters and contains an estimated 72 million metric tons of oil.