Sakhalin News

Exxon to start 5 projects by 2018

Jan 31, 2017

US giant ExxonMobil announced it will start five major offshore projects in 2017-2018, in addition to a Q4 2016 earnings of US$3.7 billion, which took a $2 billion impairment charge from its upstream sector. Image from Exxon…

Gazprom Neft gets Ayashsky license

Jan 25, 2017

Gazprom Neft subsidiary, Gazpromneft Sakhalin, has acquired a license for the exploration, development and production of hydrocarbons at the Ayashsky block, on the continental shelf of the Sea of Okhotsk. Map of the Ayashsky block…

Japanese firms, Rosneft, link up for offshore exploration

Dec 16, 2016

Three Japanese companies have agreed on a project to jointly explore for oil and gas southwest of Sakhalin Island, working with Russia's Rosneft.  The firms, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp. (JOGMEC), Inpex Corp and Marubeni Corp…

Cold comfort

Oct 06, 2016

While it seems most Arctic exploration activity has slowed, it really depends on where you look. Bruce McMichael reports. Gazprom Neft’s Prirazlomnoye facility, in the Russian Arctic.  Photos from Gazprom Neft…

Gazprom finds new Sea of Okhotsk field

Sep 22, 2016

Russia's Gazprom has made a discovery on the Kirinsky block in the Sea of Okhotsk.  The firm was drilling an exploration and appraisal well on the Yuzhno-Lunskaya structure within the Sakhalin III project. As a result, a substantial gas and condensate inflow was reported…

Parker wins Sakhalin extension

May 27, 2016

Parker Drilling was awarded an extension and additional rig to its operations and maintenance (O&M) contract on Sakhalin Island, Russia. The prior contract term was set to expire in Q3 2017 and covered operating and maintaining three customer-owned rigs in support of the Sakhalin-1 Project…

Rosneft spins bit under Sea of Okhotsk

May 11, 2016

Russian oil giant Rosneft has started drilling on the Lebedinskoye oil and gas condensate field, which sits under the Sea of Okhotsk, in Sakhalin region, Russia. It will drill a 5.3km-long, horizontal extend-reach well, drilled from the coast of Sakhalin Island…

A new lease on life

May 01, 2016

Scrap or refurbish and reuse? It’s a question being asked on the UK Continental Shelf. Elaine Maslin reports. Pipe, ready for reuse. Staff photo.  At a recent conference in Aberdeen…

Sakhalin Energy, Ampelmann sign Icemann agreement

Apr 18, 2016

Ampelmann and Sakhalin Energy Investment signed an agreement to install and operate a winterized version of an Ampelmann’s motion compensated gangway system. This system is designed to be capable of safely and efficiently transferring work crew in temperatures down to -28˚C…

RS completes survey of MODU pair

Apr 18, 2016

The repair of the Polyarnaya Zvezda and Severnoye Siyaniye, sixth generation semisubmersible mobile offshore drilling units (MODU), have been completed under the survey of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) at Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Shipyard in Yantai…

Weatherford's Sakhalin project saved rig time

Apr 13, 2016

In late February, Weatherford completed a drilling and reaming project near Sakhalin Island, Russia, that resulted in a total of 52 hours in rig time saved. The operator contracted Weatherford to enlarge a 3641ft (1110m) hole section from 8…

ExxonMobil to add 450,000 boe/d by 2017

Mar 02, 2016

As ExxonMobil decreases its capital spending budget this year by 25%, the supermajor looks to start up 10 new upstream projects between now and 2017 that will see its production capacity increase. Tillerson…

Right place, right time

Feb 01, 2016

Audrey Leon chats with Gerald (Jerry) Stone, ‎senior vice president, Fluor Offshore Solutions, about his unlikely career in engineering, his take on the current market situation, and his work in harsh environments. Jerry Stone…

Sovcomflot: keel laid for new arctic PSV

Dec 28, 2015

Arctech Helsinki Shipyards, part of United Shipbuilding Corp., held a keel laying ceremony on 17 December for a new icebreaking platform supply vessel ordered by PAO Sovcomflot under a long-term agreement with Sakhalin Energy. The agreement…

Ice-breaker for Sakhalin takes shape

Dec 17, 2015

Work on a new ice-breaker which will work for Sovcomflot in the Sakhalin-2 project has started at the Arctech Helsinki shipyard with a festive keel laying. The vessel is the first of four icebreaking sister ships Sovcomflot has ordered…

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