Gazprom brings new technology to its Extreme North field
7 Jun '13
Gazprom, Russia’s natural gas monopoly, applies IT algorithms for process control automation and uses innovation compressor plants at its Zapolyarnoye oil-gas condensate field under development in Russia’s Extreme North, Yamburg.ru, a regional web portal, reported citing a press release by Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg, a local Gazprom subsidiary.
The Zapolyarnoye oil-gas condensate field was discovered in 1965 in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, in the Tyumen region north-east of the Urals. Zapolyarnoye is one of the world’s largest, with an estimated natural gas reserve of more than 3.5 trillion cubic meters. It is also said to contain about 60 million tons of gas condensate and 20 million tons of crude oil. In January 2013, the Zapolyarnoye development operation reached a projected capacity of 130 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year.
The source quoted Vladimir Mironov, the deputy CEO of Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg, as saying that as the company drafted operation plans for Zapolyarnoye’s deep Valanginian deposits, “a whole range of innovation technical solutions were applied, which were new not only for Gazprom but also for Russia’s entire gas sector.”
For example, the company is reported to have successfully applied IT algorithms to automate gas and condensate production control. The automation solutions are said to both remotely monitor and control technological parameters on a real-time basis.
In addition, Gazprom has reportedly equipped its Valanginian deposits with new plants to compress off-gas. The move is believed to enable the saving of about 500 million cubic meters of tank gas a year, while at the same time considerably reducing polluting emissions into the atmosphere.