Rosneft natural gas production rises 6.9% in first half

OJSC Rosneft said its natural gas production of 33.23 billion cu m in the first half of 2016 was 6.9% higher than a year ago, but hydrocarbon liquids declined 0.1%.

In its operational report for the second quarter and first half, Rosneft said gas growth was driven by development in the Northern Chaivo area on the Sakhalin shelf and the 2015 launches of a gas treatment unit at the Barsukovskoe field and the second stage of the Novo-Urengoy gas and condensate treatment facility.

In the first half, Rosneft acquired more than 2,400 km of onshore 2D seismic surveys, a 17% increase from a year earlier, and more than 4,800 sq km of onshore 3D surveys, a 7.7% increase.

The company said it started seismic acquisitions at the Albanovsky and Vostochno-Pribrezhny license blocks in the Barents Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk.

Rosneft also started drilling two exploration wells in the Magadan-1 and Lisyanskiy areas in the Okhotsk with partner Statoil ASA.

In the first half, development drilling length totals increased 48% to 4,499 km from 3,039 km a year earlier.

In the second quarter, six new horizontal wells were commissioned at Samotlor field.

As part of an refining upgrade program, the company said it started up a catalytic cracking unit at the Kuybyshev refinery (OGJ Online, Nov. 20, 2015).

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