Contract let for north Caspian field work

Lukoil-Nizhnevolzhskneft has let a contract to Saipem for transportation and installation of facilities at Vladimir Filanovsky oil field under development in the northern Caspian Sea (OGJ Online, May 4, 2012).

The agreement covers an ice-resistant fixed platform, a central processing platform, a riser block platform, and a living quarters module, all connected by catwalk bridges.

Drilling is scheduled to start in December 2014 from the 15,200-tonne fixed platform, which will be able to accommodate the drilling of 11 horizontal wells.

The 21,000-tonne central processing platform will have two processing lines with capacities of 3 million tonnes/year each. Treated formation water will be reinjected.

The quarters module will accommodate 125 workers.

Development of the field will require the laying of more than 330 km of subsea and 350 km of onshore pipelines. Lukoil also plans to build an onshore receiving facility with tank storage capacity of 80,000 cu m in the Republic of Kalmykia.

When Lukoil reported the 2005 Filanovsky discovery, it called it Russia’s largest strike in a decade (OGJ Online, Jan. 26, 2006).

Lukoil reports Filanovsky’s combined confirmed and estimated recoverable crude reserves at 153.1 million tons and gas reserves at 32.2 billion cu m. It plans to commission the field at the end of 2015.

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