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Sakhalin Energy Starts Production Sharing On Sakhalin-2

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Production sharing under Sakhalin-2 Project has begun. Starting March this year Russian Federation and Sakhalin Region will receive its share of profit production.

“Production sharing began ahead of plan. This is not only a result of favourable market conditions, but first of all result of efforts of the whole company and its employees in production optimisation which was constantly supported by our shareholders”, – said Andrei Galaev, Chief Executive Officer of Sakhalin Energy.

According to PSA production sharing starts when all project expenses are recovered. Total amount of recovered expenses for Sakhalin-2 Project implementation is US$24.5 bln. It comprises Phase 1 and Phase 2 Capex and Opex.

In 2012 alone, according to company’s forecast, based on oil price of 100 USD/bbl, Russian Party will receive some US$0.5 bln of profit production. Above that amount will come royalty and profit tax.

In total in 2011 more than US$1.14 bln in taxes and other mandatory payments were transferred to budgets of various levels.

Total amount of money transferred to Russian Party according to PSA for the project up to date (1995-2011) is about US$3 bln. Total revenue of the Russian Party until the end of project’s lifecycle is to exceed US$100 bln.


Shtokman FID Not Delayed but Further Economic and Technical Work Required, Framework Agreements Extended

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Shtokman Development AG Board of Directors Set Priorities for Further Work on the Shtokman Project (Phase 1)

The regular meeting of Shtokman Development AG (SDAG) Board of Directors was held in Moscow on March 29, 2012. Based on the decisions of December meeting, the Board reviewed whole scope of issues related to the Project Final Investment Decision (FID).

The shareholders are confident that the Project can be improved further, both technically and economically. They agreed that their efforts should continue to be focused on optimizing the Project and strengthening the dialogue with the Russian authorities. They expressed their appreciation to SDAG team for their in-depth work and dedication and, reaffirming their commitment to the Project, the shareholders decided to extend the Framework Agreements till July 1, 2012.



TNK-BP Plans to Spend $7.5 BN in 2012 on Russian Goods and Services

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

TNK-BP is retaining its leadership in the Russian goods and services market, with plans to spend $7.5 bn in 2012. The Company will place around 80% of its total orders for equipment and materials with Russian suppliers.

Implementation of TNK-BP’s major programmes, including its flagship projects in Yamal and northern Krasnoyarsk region, is one of the most important factors driving the development of both the Company and Russian high-tech industrial manufacturers. TNK-BP pays particular attention to building strategic relationships with its partners and more than half of all contracts have now been placed on a long-term footing (on average up to 3 years).

TNK-BP Vice President, Upstream Supply Chain Management, Olga Malyshkina, stresses: “The Company has made its contracting system more efficient by greatly simplifying its procurement procedures, standardizing contracts, and introducing a common prequalification mechanism and an online auction system. We have also created an effective mechanism for receiving feedback from current and potential partners. These efforts are generally being well received by the market.”


Ministry of Economic Development Approves Rosneft’s APG Utilisation Investment Projects

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation has passed an order approving two of Rosneft’s APG joint implementation investment projects. The order, No. 112 of 12 March 2012, approves a project to reduce APG flaring and generate electricity at the Khasyreiskoye deposit and a project to utilise APG at Rosneft’s Priobskoye deposit. The projects for APG utilisation at the Khasyreiskoye and Priobskoye deposits were developed in line with Article 6 of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Ministry’s decision means Rosneft can begin selling emission reduction units (ERU) acquired through its associated petroleum gas (APG) utilisation programme at deposits in Western Siberia to Carbon Trade & Finance SICAR S.A., an investment company. The APG utilisation programme at the Khasyreiskoye and Priobskoye deposits is an integral part of Rosneft’s gas programme that aims to achieve 95% APG utilisation. These projects mean this goal could be achieved in 2012.

Rosneft has already worked successfully on joint implementation projects at the Komsomolskoye deposit in the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous region and the Kharampurskoye field in Western Siberia. In 2009 Rosneft became the first large Russian company to secure investment in joint implementation projects, thus making use of article 6 of the Kyoto Protocol, which states companies are permitted to derive revenue from their emissions quotas.

Rosneft President Eduard Khudainatov said: “Selling ERUs will provide a significant boost to the economic efficiency of our APG utilisation programme. Our partnership with Carbon Trade & Finance serves as a strong example of mutually beneficial international environmental partnership. These projects have already generated over 20 million euros for Rosneft, which, in line with the Kyoto Protocol, will be channelled towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”


Free On-Demand Webinar: Satellite SCADA for Oil & Gas Industry Challenges

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Learn how satellite communications can play a role in providing order and achievement in the operation of SCADA assets in the Oil and Gas market.

Oil and Gas services companies need M2M solutions that are tested and proven to effectively protect, manage, and leverage their infrastructure investment. Remotely accessing and monitoring Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and telemetry data can help to maximize operational efficiencies while also addressing these challenges. In this webcast, Jenn Markey, Director Product Management, explores the role that satellite communications can play in providing order and achievement in the operation of SCADA assets. She will also address the advantages, drawbacks and cost benefits of various types of communication networks.

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Rosneft Concludes Public Hearings on Seismic Study Programme at Three Blocks in the Western Arctic

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Rosneft has concluded a series of public hearings on its 2012 seismic study programme for the East Prinovozemelsky 1 and 2 blocks in the Kara Sea and the Youzhno Russky block in the Pechora Sea.

Public hearings began in early February in Arkhangelsk and in the village of Yar-Sale in the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous region. Presentations were given to the public on key project and environmental aspects in the seismic study programme for the East Prinovozemelsky 1 and 2 blocks.

In Salekhard a Rosneft delegation held a working meeting at the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous region government with department and municipality heads as well as NGO leaders.

The delegation laid out the main points in the seismic study programme for the East Prinovozemelsky 1 and 2 blocks and also shared the Company’s successful experience in offshore projects in the Far East that were challenging both in terms of field geography and the harsh climate.

Rosneft currently operates offshore projects around Sakhalin both independently and in partnership with global oil majors. Meeting participants were shown a video about the unique technologies and environmental solutions used in the Sakhalin 1 project and other geological studies over the last decade. The government of the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous region and the authorities in the Yamal district agreed to provide all the support required, within their authority, to carry out seismic survey at the East Prinovozemelsky 1 and 2 blocks.

Public hearings on the seismic study programme for the Youzhno Russky field were held in mid-February in the village of Iskatelei in the Polar district. The seismic programme designers and environmental specialists from RN-Shelf-Far East presented plans for studies at the license block to the public.

The results of the public hearings are now being processed and will be included in project materials provided to the government for environmental review.


Emerson and Statoil Sign Multi Year Agreement for Fiscal Metering Systems

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Emerson to supply Daniel® fiscal metering systems for Statoil’s Valemon platform

Emerson Process Management has been awarded a five year Framework Agreement by Statoil to provide a range of its Daniel® fiscal metering systems, as well as related products and support services. The agreement also covers on-going maintenance of existing systems, plus the supply of new systems for all current and future developments.

“Since opening our Larbert facility in Scotland in 1974, we have supplied a significant number of systems for major North Sea projects such as Troll, Heidrun and Draupner,” said Mark Dutton, Vice President & General Manager for Emerson Process Management’s Daniel Measurement and Control in Europe. “This framework agreement recognises the excellent relationship we have with Statoil, and offers Emerson an exciting opportunity to provide Statoil with fiscal measurement systems and solutions for many years to come.”

In one of the first projects covered by the framework agreement, Emerson will provide a range of integrated fiscal metering systems for Statoil’s new Valemon gas and condensate platform. Located in the North Sea at the Norwegian Continental Shelf, the Valemon development will include ultrasonic metering systems with fully automated controls for the condensate, gas, and HP and LP flare gas. The unmanned platform, which is controlled from the neighbouring Kvitebjørn platform, will begin production in 2014.

To enhance its support for North Sea customers, Emerson is currently renovating its Daniel facility in Stirling, Scotland. Enhancements include a new state-of-the-art training facility, a design development and control panel facility, a service area and a UKAS calibration laboratory for its fiscal metering products. Emerson will also be investing in local resources, which includes hiring local service engineers to improve the range of its Daniel fiscal measurement services available to the Norwegian market.


Matra Petroleum: Well A-13 Successfully Tested

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Matra Petroleum PLC, the independent oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in Russia, announced its results for the 12 month period ending 31 December 2011.

Highlights: Operational

• Well A-13 validated following successful extended well test


• Successfully raised £1.2 million through a placement in November 2011
•Cash or cash equivalents of €1.8 million at year end


• Imminent production from Well A-13
• Well A-14 drilling approval granted
• Planned acquisition of 3D seismic over the entire field

Peter Hind, Managing Director, commented:  “We are delighted that Well A-13 is about to commence production and that approval to drill well A-14 has now been granted. We look forward to achieving sustained production from Well A-13 and increasing our understanding of the Sokolovskoe field.”


Weatherford Successfully Completed A Pilot Project Of Running Tubular Casing With Rotation

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Weatherford jointly with the Drilling Operations Department of OJSC VCNG has successfully completed a pilot project of casing running with rotation in the Verkhnechonskoye oil and gas-condensate field.

The solution proposed by Weatherford was to use the OverDriveTM System and a special assembly of the casing shoe section. The shoe assembly consisted of a drillable casing reamer shoe that allows rock destruction to go through problematic spots of an open borehole and a float valve. SpiraGliderTM rigid centralizers were used to centralize the casing in the wellbore. The pilot project consisted of three 177.8 m OD casing running operations. The average measured depth of wells is approx. 2,750 m with approx. 2,000 m of horizontal displacement.

Technologies and equipment proposed by Weatherford made it possible to run the casings to the target depth in each of the three wells and reduce well construction time by 2 days, and it resulted in the Client’s costs saving.

Moreover, the OverDriveTM System’s outstanding feature is its safety for drilling operations. Thanks to its design the staff can control casing running while staying away from the rotary table. This system was also noted for reliable operation in low temperatures. During casing running in the two last wells the ambient temperature dropped down to –40°C and it had not any effect on successful operations.

The OverDriveTM System consists of a hydraulic clamping tool – TorkDrive – connected to the top drive of the drilling rig; it includes a fill-up/circulation tool, hydraulic bails, a control panel and a torque/turn monitoring system – TorkSub. The OverDriveTM System allows make-up of casing threaded connections and running it with rotation and mud circulation, and also drilling with casing.

ROGTEC interview with Cliff Berry the Global Business Development Manager at Centek Group

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Please introduce yourself with a short bio and your history in Russia

Cliff Berry entered the oilfield business in 1977 with Halliburton in Brunei and worked predominantly in Brunei, Malaysia and Sarawak as a cementer and tool operator. He transferred to Aberdeen in 1984 working in the same disciplines. Cliff joined Diamond B (UK) Limited, a Centraliser manufacturer in 1985 as Sales manager, moving to BJ Tubular Services as European Operations Manager in 1987. He left BJ in 1995 and joined Centek in 2001 as Sales and Marketing Manager with responsibility for worldwide sales.  He is currently Global Business Development Manager at Centek Group.

How long have you been doing business in the region?

Centek have been doing business in Russia via Halliburton for two years currently. The Centek centralizer is used mainly for casing / liner operations to ensure a problem free run to total depth and enhance the well cleanout along with the cementation job.

Do you have any specific target markets in the region? (ie Russia, Kazakstan, key regions or market sectors offshore, EOR etc?)

Our key targets are Russia, Sakhalin Island, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Our market sector is cementation enhancement and completion enhancement in OH Frac completions or cemented completions.

What are your key products for the region and their benefits?

Centralisers, stop collars and DP fill subs are Centek’s core products. Our centralisers are designed such that they do not fail nor are any left down-hole as junk when casings or liners are pulled due to hole conditions. Stop collars are designed to have the highest holding force which means that when pipe is pulled 100% returns are observed. The Fill sub allows the DP to be filled quicker than with conventional or even top drive methods. It saves rig time and no cleanup is required. It is also, due to no cleanup, an environmental asset.

What potential is there for your products in the market?

Potential is enormous and the company is growing toward obtaining key market share in many countries. The customer for any of our products is the end beneficiary in cost savings and time

How do you compare and compete with existing Russian Technology?

Centek brings enhanced technology with the design and performance of its product range. Success is measured by failures and Centek can proudly boast that we do not have any.

How do you see the market developing over the next 5 years in your industry sector?

The Industry will develop mainly in shale gas sectors until the gas price becomes too low and then liquids will be drilled for again. For Centek this scenario is satisfactory as oil wells are now also horizontal and whatever well-type is involved good cementation at all times should be the norm.

Do you have any new products being launched?

Centek have the UROS unit, for under-reamed well sections, which was successfully launched in 2011, and in 2012 the intention is to bring out new tight casing tolerance centralisers on a global basis, especially where OH sections are larger than the previous set casing.

Do you have any recent regional success stories?

All success enjoyed by the Centek product range in Russia and other Russian speaking regions is in association with Halliburton who are the Centek product representatives. Our customers include ENI-Severenergia, Lukoil-Komi, Rosneft-Vankorneft,TAAS, TNK-BP, UVAT, TNK-BP Samotlor, NEU and Integra-Burenie.

Any further comments?

Russia is a valuable market sector for Centek. The product range on offer is suitable for all wells and types of wells, and with a track record the envy of the centralizer industry we feel the products will enable increased market penetration.


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