The basic document setting forth a development strategy for gas supply to Eastern Siberia and the Far East as well as gasification of these regions is the state-run Development Program for an integrated gas production, transportation and supply system in Eastern Siberia and the Far East, taking into account potential gas exports to China and other Asia-Pacific countries (Eastern Gas Program).
Gazprom was appointed by the Russian Government as the Eastern Gas Program execution coordinator.
New gas production centers have already been set up in Eastern Russia’s Sakhalin and Kamchatka. A gas production center is under rapid development in Yakutia and similar centers are next in turn in Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk.
While developing the gas production center in Sakhalin, Gazprom is active on the Sakhalin shelf in the Sea of Okhotsk (Sakhalin II and III projects).
Sakhalin III project
As part of the Sakhalin III project Gazprom operates in three blocks: Kirinsky, Ayashsky and Vostochno-Odoptinsky. The Kirinsky block comprises the Kirinskoye gas and condensate field as well as the Yuzhno-Kirinskoye and Mynginskoye gas and condensate fields discovered by Gazprom.
To be mostly used for feeding the Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas transmission system (GTS), gas from the Sakhalin III project will ensure supplies to Far Eastern regions and help execute the Vladivostok LNG project.
Polyarnaya Zvezda (Polar Star) drilling rig in Kirinskoye field
Resources and reserves
The total gas resources of the Sakhalin III project are estimated at around 1.1 trillion cubic meters. C1 gas and gas condensate reserves of the Kirinskoye field amount to 162.5 billion cubic meters and 19.1 million tons accordingly.
C1+C2 reserves of the Yuzhno-Kirinskoye field make up 563.9 billion cubic meters of gas and 71.7 million tons of gas condensate.
C1+C2 reserves of the Mynginskoye field stand at 19.8 billion cubic meters of gas and 2.5 million tons of gas condensate.
Offshore operations concept
Gazprom’s operating concept in the Barents, Kara, Pechora Seas and the Sea of Okhotsk provides for developing closely located groups of fields, and this permits to optimize costs. For instance, the paramount development targets in the Sea of Okhotsk are the fields discovered within the Kirinsky block: Kirinskoye, Yuzhno-Kirinskoye and Mynginskoye. For higher efficiency of investments the three fields will be pre-developed simultaneously and connected to a single onshore processing facility.
Sakhalin III project evolvement
Gazprom continues developing the Sakhalin III project.
Exploratory drilling in Yuzhno-Kirinskoye field
In 2010 Gazprom discovered the Yuzhno-Kirinskoye field in the Kirinsky block. In 2011 another field – Mynginskoye – was discovered within the Kirinsky block.
In October 2013 the first gas was produced from the Kirinskoye field and an in-field transfer system connected to the Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok GTS was tested.
Between 2013 and 2014 four exploratory wells are to be built in the Yuzhno-Kirinskoye field with the view of preparing it for commercial development. The Ayashsky and Vostochno-Odoptinsky blocks are planned to see a big scope of 3D surveys as well as the construction of several exploratory wells.