Gazpromneft Shelf commissions first absorption well at Prirazlomnoye field

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14 April 2016, Oil, Gas

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Consistent with the field development plan, this will be used for the re-injection of waste materials produced during well construction (drilling mud, waste water and drilling cuttings).

Injection will take place into strata above the production horizon, ensuring its protection from higher and underlying layers. The absorption well will optimise the recycling of industrial wastes, which will now be utilised directly at the field with no negative environmental impacts.

A "zero emissions" system has been integrated into the platform to prevent the discharge of any production or drilling waste into the sea, with waste, instead, re-injected directly into the strata, or transported onshore for recycling.

Two production wells are currently in operation at the field, together with one injection well. The project envisages the commissioning of a total 32 wells. More than 10 million barrels of oil have now been produced at the Prirazlmnoye field since the start of production.

Gennady Lubin, Executive Director, Gazpromneft Shelf, commented: "The absorption well significantly improves the security, manageability and cost-effectiveness of the project. Making possible the direct recycling of waste directly on the platform, with no impact on the environment, is its main purpose. Added to which, we are reducing costs by transporting waste onshore."

Source: MarketLine

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