The development of the Zapolyarnoye oil, gas and condensate field is among the largest gas projects to have been successfully implemented in the early 21st century.
The Zapolyarnoye field is located 220 kilometers away from Novy Urengoy, in the southern Taz District, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area.
Zapolyarnoye differs from other fields in being relatively small. At 50 kilometers long and 30 kilometers wide, it has an area of 8,745 hectares. This makes it possible to use only three comprehensive gas treatment units for the development of the Cenomanian deposits and two units for the Valanginian deposits.
Zapolyarnoye is considered unique in terms of reserves. Its initial C1+C2 natural gas reserves exceed 3.5 trillion cubic meters.
In 2001, Zapolyarnoye produced its first gas from the Cenomanian deposits.
Zapolyarnoye field. Pictured: Viktor Belogurov, oil and gas production operator of Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg
In 2004, the field’s annual output reached 100 billion cubic meters of gas.
In 2011, Gazprom Group started to produce gas and condensate from the Valanginian (Neocomian) deposits.
Valanginian deposits, Zapolyarnoye field
In 2013, the Zapolyarnoye field reached its design capacity of 130 billion cubic meters of gas per year and became the largest field in Russia.