Development Planning

Along with the currently producing assets in the traditional production regions, Gazprom Neft’s portfolio today includes a wide range of ambitious large-scale projects located in remote regions with poor infrastructure, such as Eastern Siberia and Far North.

New assets have complex geology and poor exploration maturity, which makes choosing the best development approach and the optimal strategy of field development in general a very challenging job. Chances for development optimization at the currently producing assets are rather limited, but efficiency improvement efforts are continuously underway at such assets through introduction of new procedures and IT tools under the Technological Strategy of Gazprom Neft’s Upstream Division. STC specialists design and introduce optimization tools for all the producing assets of Gazprom Neft.

MessoyakhaSTC experts using development planning procedure at Messoyakha project

As for new assets, an integrated approach is employed starting from the early stages of development planning, involving the widest range of experts. As a result, the selected concept of subsurface development is not only elaborate, but also integrated, which means it takes into account every possible project constraint with regard to surface infrastructure, drilling, oil production technologies, logistics, etc. This approach helps to build a comprehensive understanding of field geology, find optimal development parameters and calculate the most economically efficient production levels and well's commisioning.

New procedures and software products developed in cooperation with STC have already proven their efficiency at Novy Port and Messoyakha projects and will be used in the future at every new asset of Gazprom Neft. These procedures and tools are being constantly improved and geared to new objectives, while remaining multifunctional and being successfully employed at both new major projects and during operations at currently producing oilfields in Gazprom Neft’s traditional production regions.

When dealing with brown oilfields that have a long development history, STC specialists build procedures and software that help increase their development efficiency. These tasks include increasing the oil recovery factor, choosing wells for production stimulation activities, or fracturing simulation to determine the most efficient fracture design.