The Zapolyarnoye oil, gas and condensate field development is the largest gas project successfully executed 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. The field is considered unique by its reserves – nearly three trillion cubic meters of natural gas.
The Zapolyarnoye field differs from others by its relatively small area – 8,745 hectares, it is 50 kilometers long and 30 kilometers wide. This enables to develop the deposits using only three comprehensive gas treatment units.
The Zapolyarnoye field was discovered in 1965.
Zapolyarnoye oil, gas and condensate field
In 1992 the Yamburggazdobycha Production Association (present Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg) and the Taz District Administration signed an agreement to develop the Zapolyarnoye field.
On March 31, 1994 development operations were launched.
On September 30, 2001 first gas was produced from the Cenomanian deposits.
On October 31, 2001 the first comprehensive gas treatment unit (CGTU-1C) with the annual capacity of 35 billion cubic meters of gas was commissioned.
In December 2002 CGTU-2C was put onstream in the Zapolyarnoye field. The CGTU annual capacity reaches 32.5 billion cubic meters.
On December 19, 2003 CGTU-3C with the projected annual capacity of 32.5 billion cubic meters was commissioned.
In 2004 the Zapolyarnoye field was brought to its projected output – 100 billion cubic meters per annum.
In April 2011 gas and condensate production was launched from the Valanginian deposits of the Zapolyarnoye field.
Zapolyarnoye field infrastructure
At present, the work is underway in the Zapolyarnoye field to develop the Cenomanian deposits. Construction of additional wells will increase the annual gas production volume to 115 billion cubic meters.
Viktor Belogurov, oil and gas production operator of Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg
At the same time, the Valanginian deposits are being developed. In April 2011 Gazprom commissioned infrastructure facilities to produce gas and gas condensate from the Valanginian deposits of the Zapolyarnoye field.
The facilities comprise a comprehensive gas and gas condensate treatment unit (CGTU-2V) and 61 wells. It is projected to annually produce some 6.5 billion cubic meters of gas and 1.3 million tons of gas condensate from the field by 2012.
Comprehensive gas treatment unit No. 2V in Zapolyarnoye field
It is anticipated that the volumes of gas and gas condensate production from the said deposits will be increased to 15 billion cubic meters and 3 million tons accordingly. To achieve this, additional wells will be built as well as another comprehensive gas and gas condensate treatment unit (CGTU-1V).
Therefore, in the future the annual aggregate gas volumes produced from the Zapolyarnoye field will reach 130 billion cubic meters, gas condensate – 3 million tons.
CGTU-2C residential settlement