Sakhalin News

Cost cutting shouldn't lead to crisis

Oct 27, 2014

Current pressures on oil majors due to low oil prices and a heated market should not be allowed to turn into another crisis, a top ExxonMobil executive told SPE Annual Technology Conference in Amsterdam today (27 October). Image of Neil Duffin…

Polarcus to conduct 3D seismic off Australia

Oct 21, 2014

Polarcus Ltd. says the beginning of a major new RightBAND multi-client project over the Roebuck Basin, offshore North West Shelf, Australia, is underway. Image from Polarcus.   The Capreolus 3D survey will comprise approximately 15…

Korea looks to western engineering expertise

Sep 16, 2014

South Korea has become an international shipbuilding power-house – a name-plate for dozens of global mega-projects stretching from New Foundland to Australia.  What is described as “the largest fabrication facility in the world” is in…

Northern Chayvo field starts production

Sep 05, 2014

Rosneft began production from the northern tip of the Chayvo field, located off northern Sakhalin Island. Rosneft President Igor Sechin said that Chayvo will produce about 1.5 million tons of oil annually, with the northern tip of the…

Polarcus bags Sakhalin seismic contract

Sep 05, 2014

Polarcus says JSC Dalmorneftegeophysica (DMNG), which has a joint cooperation agreement with Polarcus, has entered into a contract for 3D marine seismic acquisition services for a major energy company offshore Sakhalin.  The program, requiring two Polarcus A-Class vessels…

Finland's Arctech to build icebreakers for Sakhalin

Aug 11, 2014

Finland's Arctech Helsinki Shipyard signed a contract to build three icebreaking stand-by vessels for Russia´s largest shipping company, Sovcomflot (SCF Group). The vessels will be built for the North East Sakhalin Offshore region oil…

Kara Sea spudded despite sanctions

Aug 11, 2014

ExxonMobil began exploratory drilling operations in the Kara Sea’s Universitetskaya structure in the East Prinovozemelskiy area on 9 August, defying Western-imposed sanctions against Russian state-owned Rosneft. Drilling on the Universitetskaya-1 well…

Adding a secondary barrier against gas migration in deepwater environments

Aug 01, 2014

Secondary mechanical pressure barriers could help ease regulatory bodies’ concerns around effective zonal isolation in wells.  The Cytadel ZX packer can be activated by dropping a magnetic signal carrier from the surface…

Rosneft files lawsuit against Sakhalin consortium

Jul 07, 2014

Russia’s OAO Rosneft has filed a suit against the Gazprom-led Sakhalin Energy consortium to obtain access to the Sakhalin-2 gas pipeline, RIA Novosti reported 7 July. Rosneft is developing a 5mtpa LNG terminal with ExxonMobil in the Far East that was scheduled to launch 2018…

Sovcomflot, Sakhalin Energy extend cooperation

Jul 07, 2014

SCF Group (Sovcomflot) and Sakhalin Energy Investment Co. Ltd. (Sakhalin Energy) have signed a contract for the construction and long-term operation of three multifunctional icebreaking standby vessels to serve the Sakhalin-2 offshore energy platforms…

Drilling begins at Dolginskoye

Jun 30, 2014

Gazprom Neft subsidiary Gazpromneft-Sakhalin has started drilling an exploratory well in its Dolginskoye field, located 75km off Russia in the Pechora Sea, the operator announced today. It is the fourth well drilled at the site, after two drilled in North Dolginskoye and one in South Dolginskoye…

Berkut platform begins operations

Jun 27, 2014

Three days after the Berkut platform was installed on the Arkutun-Dagi field, Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin gave permission for the platform to begin operations via videoconference. The Arkutun-Dagi field is part of the multi-billion-dollar Sakhalin-1 project…

JV launched for Arctic seismic

Jun 20, 2014

Geoscience firm CGG and Russia's Sovcomflot have agreed to form a joint venture company dedicated to conducting high-end 3D marine seismic acquisition services with a focus on Arctic and sub-Arctic waters. The joint venture, to be called Arctic Geophysical Exploration (AGE)…

Rig arrives for Arctic drilling

Jun 18, 2014

GSP Saturn has arrived for exploration drilling at the Gazpromneft Sakhalin-operated Dolginskoye field, located in the Arctic shelf of the Pechora Sea. The Gazprom Neft subsidiary announced 21 January its plans to drill an exploration well and take core samples at the field…

Rosneft to take Seadrill unit stake

May 26, 2014

Rosneft is to take a 'significant equity stake' in drilling firm North Atlantic Drilling (NADL) as part of an agreement between NADL and its majority owner Seadrill, as the Russian firm looks to ramp up its offshore exploration efforts.   The agreement…

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