Lukoil to develop first Baltic Sea oil field off Russia

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Dec. 16 -- OAO Lukoil plans the first oil field development in the southeastern Baltic Sea, starting the flow in 2004 from small Kravtsovskoe (D-6) field off Kaliningrad.

D-6 is expected to recover 64 million bbl of oil in 12 years. Production is to peak in 2006 at 12,000 b/d of 39.5° gravity oil from a reservoir of Middle Cambrian age at 2,100-2,160 m.

The fixed platform will accommodate 21 producing wells and 2 spare wells, Lukoil said. Drilling is expected to start in March 2004.

D-6 lies in 29-30 m of water on the Baltic shelf 15 miles off the coast. A 25-mile, 10-in. subsea pipeline will transport the production stream to the Romanovo oil gathering facility. Separated oil will be shipped to the new Ijevskoe shore terminal. Treated gas will be used locally or flared, and produced water is to be injected.

Lukoil said the nearby Kaliningradskoe (D-9) offshore oil discovery remains undeveloped.

The company has denied accusations that the zero-discharge project will cause environmental damage in the area (OGJ, Sept. 24, 2001, p. 55).

To the west, Petrobaltic, Gdansk, developed B-3 oil field on the Baltic shelf off Poland in 1992. Its 12 wells averaged 6,600 b/d of 42° gravity oil from 1,450 m in 2001. The field's Z-7N well, with a 2,850-m horizontal deviation, is Poland's longest directional well.

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