FIELD

Bovanenkovskoye field

The largest field in the Yamal Peninsula in terms of explored gas reserves
 
trillion cubic meters
initial reserves
 
billion cubic meters of gas per year
design capacity
4.9 
trillion cubic meters
initial reserves
115 
billion cubic meters of gas per year
design capacity

The Yamal Peninsula is a strategic oil- and gas-bearing region of Russia. The aggregate gas reserves and resources found in all fields of the Gazprom Group in the Yamal Peninsula and the Yamal shelf of the Kara Sea make up 20.4 trillion cubic meters. The Yamal gas production center is key to the development of the Russian gas industry in the 21st century. Gazprom intends to carry out production operations in Yamal for over 100 years.

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Figures and facts

Bovanenkovskoye is the largest field in the Yamal Peninsula in terms of explored gas reserves.

Its initial gas reserves amount to 4.9 trillion cubic meters.

Bovanenkovskoye’s design gas production capacity is 115 billion cubic meters per year.

Gas production operations are going to last until 2128.

Gas production from Bovanenkovskoye field, billion cubic meters

Bovanenkovo settlement
Bovanenkovo settlement

Bovanenkovo settlement

Development

The primary development target at Bovanenkovskoye is the field’s Cenomanian-Aptian deposits.

Pre-development of Bovanenkovskoye field, 2011
Pre-development of Bovanenkovskoye field, 2011

Pre-development of Bovanenkovskoye field, 2011

The deposits are developed by three gas production facilities, which were consecutively brought into operation in 20122014, and 2018.

Gas Production Facility No. 1 at Bovanenkovskoye field
Gas Production Facility No. 1 at Bovanenkovskoye field

Gas Production Facility No. 1 at Bovanenkovskoye field

Gas Production Facility No. 2 at Bovanenkovskoye field
Gas Production Facility No. 2 at Bovanenkovskoye field

Gas Production Facility No. 2 at Bovanenkovskoye field

Gas Production Facility No. 3 at Bovanenkovskoye field
Gas Production Facility No. 3 at Bovanenkovskoye field

Gas Production Facility No. 3 at Bovanenkovskoye field

In order to feed gas from Yamal into Russia’s Unified Gas Supply System, Gazprom built a new gas transmission corridor extending from Bovanenkovo to Ukhta. The Bovanenkovo – Ukhta gas pipeline became operational in 2012, and Bovanenkovo – Ukhta 2 came onstream in 2017.

Construction of Bovanenkovo – Ukhta gas pipeline, 2011
Construction of Bovanenkovo – Ukhta gas pipeline, 2011

Construction of Bovanenkovo – Ukhta gas pipeline, 2011

Technologies

Overcoming the Yamal Peninsula’s harsh climate and environment, Gazprom has made Yamal its launch pad for efficient, safe and innovative technologies and technical solutions. Many of them have been developed by leading Russian research institutes and companies specifically for Yamal on the Company’s order.

For instance, Russia's first integrated infrastructure for gas extraction from the Cenomanian (520–700 meters deep) and Aptian-Albian (1,200–2,000 meters deep) deposits is in operation at Bovanenkovskoye. This approach helps significantly save on pre-development costs and boost production efficiency. Producing wells are drilled by the fifth-generation Ekaterina rigs manufactured in Russia in accordance with the best design practices. Gas is treated through the state-of-the-art and eco-friendly method of low-temperature separation with the use of domestic turbo expanders. Every facility operating at Bovanenkovskoye uses modern automation systems and lightly manned technologies.

For the purpose of transporting gas via Bovanenkovo – Ukhta and Bovanenkovo – Ukhta 2, the onshore gas pipelines were for the first time in history designed for a working pressure of 11.8 MPa (120 atm), which helped use less metal for the project.

The unique domestically-produced 1,420-millimeter pipes used in construction are made of K65 (X80) steel with a smooth interior coating.

Ekaterina drilling rig at Bovanenkovskoye field
Ekaterina drilling rig at Bovanenkovskoye field

Ekaterina drilling rig at Bovanenkovskoye field

In order to deliver materials and equipment to Bovanenkovskoye, Gazprom built the one-of-a-kind Obskaya – Bovanenkovo railroad stretching for over 500 kilometers. When constructing the railroad, the Company laid a unique bridge over the floodplain of the Yuribey River: the 3.9-kilometer bridge is the world’s longest beyond the Arctic Circle.

Bridge over Yuribey River
Bridge over Yuribey River

Bridge over Yuribey River

Environment

While building various facilities, Gazprom is primarily concerned with preserving the unique nature of Yamal. Consequently, technological facilities occupy the least possible area.

Bovanenkovskoye field
Bovanenkovskoye field

Bovanenkovskoye field

Impacts on the permafrost are reduced through such technologies as vapor-liquid heat stabilizers and heat-insulated pipes in wells. In-plant water recycling systems are used to eliminate pollution of water reservoirs and soil.

Thermal stabilization units at Bovanenkovskoye field
Thermal stabilization units at Bovanenkovskoye field

Thermal stabilization units at Bovanenkovskoye field

Special crossings over utility lines are set up for free migration of deer. The environmental situation is continuously monitored.

On-the-spot reports and photos