The Integrated Engineering Centre has been established to provide scientific and technical support for projects involving the development of unconventional and hard-to-recover hydrocarbon reserves. The key focus of its activities will be developing technologies for oil exploration and production at the Bazhenov Formation, and at Domanic and pre-Jurassic deposits.
“Those reserves that we deem to constitute ‘non-traditional’ resources have enormous potential — about 60 billion tonnes of oil at the Bazhenov Formation alone. Developing production tools for ‘tight oil’ is a strategic objective not just for us, but for the entire industry. We test new drilling, enhanced oil recovery and well operation technologies at hard-to-recover reserves every year. Thanks to which we have, already, been able to halve production costs for Bazhenov oil and, in a few years, will go into full commercial production. In addition to which, we are developing numerous unique future oil-production technologies in partnership with the country’s leading science and technology centres”, said Alexei Vashkevich Technology Director, Gazprom Neft.
“The leading international oil and gas and service companies are investing ever more in establishing R&D centres in order to access new technologies and invest in innovation. We also see this new specialist department as a mechanism for developing the technological element of the business. Particularly given that investigations into non-traditional reserves are set to double over the next year”, Kirill Strizhnev CEO, Bazhenov Technology Centre.