Production starts from northernmost onshore oil field in Russia

OJSC Rosneft reported the startup of production from Vostochno-Messoyakha, the northernmost onshore oil field in Russia.

The field lies on the Gydan Peninsula in the Taz region of Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district, 340 km north of Novy Urengoy. The nearest settlement, Tazokvsky village, is 150 km away.

The field has 51 active oil wells and a 98-km pipeline to the Zapolyarye-Purpe main pipeline. Rosneft said directional drilling was used for underwater crossings of the Indikyakha and Muduyakha rivers.

Field infrastructure was built within 3 years. Two power stations cover field demand for electricity.

The field is being developed by Messoyakhaneftegas, owned by Rosneft and PJSC Gazprom Neft.

Rosneft said recoverable oil and condensate reserves exceed 340 million tonnes.

Via video linkup, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the command to start production.

Igor Sechin, Rosneft chief executive officer, told Putin that Suzan field, 150 km away, will be ready for startup in October.

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