Rosneft begins geological prospecting in the Pechora Sea
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Rosneft begins geological prospecting in the Pechora Sea

Rosneft has launched geological prospecting operations to study the Pomorye group of licensed fields, including the Pomorsky, Russky, and Severo-Pomorsky-1 and Severo-Pomorsky-2 fields, in the southeastern part of Barents Sea's continental shelf (the Pechora Sea), the corporate website reports. The purpose of the research is to estimate hydrocarbon volumes.

During the summer navigation season, a specialized research vessel, escorted by two support vessels, will take 3D seismic readings in an area of over 1,600 square kilometers, as well as gravitation-magnetic readings over a distance of 5,400-plus kilometers, the website notes. About 8,000 square kilometers are included in the licensed area.

Rosneft will try to more clearly identify the structure of these fields and evaluate their geological potential. This will make it possible to develop a strategy for geological prospecting at promising facilities in the licensed area.

According to corporate sources, geological prospecting operations are conducted in line with international and Russian law. Moreover, experts will be monitoring marine mammals and compliance with environmental and industrial safety standards.

A Rosneft subsidiary is organizing the prospecting operations on these licensed fields.