In the Black Sea, Ukraine’s Chornomornaftogaz is finalizing development of the Shtormove deposit and is also actively commissioning the Odeske gas field, the Black Sea Association of National News Agencies reported today.
The state-owned company has developed the Arkhanhelske and Holitsynske fields in the past 2 years. These developments have increased its natural gas production for the first 9 months of this year on the Black Sea shelf by 14.7%, year over year. The company's shelf production is expected to reach 120 million m³ this year and 620 million m³ next year. The company’s total gas production is estimated to reach 1.65 billion m3 next year.
Through 2015, Chornomornaftogaz is planning to develop seven new fields, re-equip two existing fields, and triple its total production from 1.056 Bcm last year to 3 Bcm in 2015.
Earlier this month, Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov said the eastern European country intends to increase its natural gas production by more than 21 billion m3 from 2013 through 2015.
Fulfillment of that goal includes construction of a marine terminal for liquefied natural gas and oil and gas exploration and production in the offshore regions of the Black Sea and Sea of Azov. The eastern European country will also increase geological surveying for gas outside of Ukraine. The country also plans to use more coal in order to become less reliant on imported gas.
“Owing to the fulfillment of the above-mentioned tasks in 2013–2015, we can increase the annual gas production by more than 21 Bcm and output of oil and gas condensate to three million tonnes, which is 17% and 8%, respectively, more than in 2011,” Azarov said.
He said the use of methane from coal mines may become an efficient alternative to the use of traditional natural gas. The plan also involves collaboration with Russia on nuclear energy projects and collaboration with additional construction at the Dniester HAPP hydro power facility.