Gazprom Neft, the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug government, and oil and gas consultants Beicip-Franlab are to work together on developing enhanced oil recovery (EOR) technologies
Gazpromneft-Technology Partnerships (formerly the Gazprom Neft Bazhenov Technology Centre), the Government of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra’s Department for Subsoil Usage and Natural Resources, and international oil and gas consultants Beicip-Franlab have used this year’s Yugra Industrial and Investment Forum to sign a Memorandum of Cooperation on enhanced oil recovery (EOR).
Gazprom Neft, the Government of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug and Beicip-Franlab are to develop an organisational model for establishing the first chemical-EOR testing facility in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra
The parties have agreed to work together in developing and implementing EOR R&D programmes at oilfields in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra, including through chemical enhanced oil recovery (CEOR).* This agreement establishes the basis for testing CEOR techniques at R&D test sites: the parties are also committed to developing an organisational model for establishing the first such test site in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra. The document also envisages the launch of joint scientific and educational programmes on EOR.
Enhanced oil recovery technologies are one of the most effective tools in developing hard-to-recover reserves and increasing production at mature fields. Using these could bring a further 450 million tonnes of oil into production in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra. Full-scale deployment of CEOR in Russia is currently limited by the high costs of materials, and the need for economic incentives, including tax concessions.“Gazprom Neft is an industry leader in developing innovative EOR techniques. The company has built up successful practical experience in using these kinds of solutions, including at Yugra fields. Together with Beicip-Franlab, a leading international oilfield services organisation, and supported by our strategic partner — the Government of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra — we will give further impetus to developing CEOR technologies and scaling-up the deployment of cutting-edge EOR tools in Western Siberia”, — Director General, Gazpromneft-Technology Partnerships Kirill Strizhnev.
“Work on developing effective EOR strategies at Eastern Siberia’s mature fields is critically important to Yugra, Russia’s main oil-producing region. Using these can significantly increase the oil recovery factor (ORF), leading to a significant increase in production and extending the viable development of Yugra’s fields. Close-knit cooperation with oil companies, oilfield services companies and government is critically important here, as is engagement with the scientific and R&D community, given the importance of developing low-volume chemical and petrochemical products”, — Director of the Department for Subsoil Usage and Natural Resources, Government of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra Sergei Filatov.
“Beicip-Franlab is delighted to have the opportunity to strengthen its technical cooperation with Gazprom Neft, as well as with Yugra’s Department for Subsoil Usage and Natural Resources. Our partnership will focus on EOR techniques — something of strategic importance to the entire industry. As a recognised technological leader in this field, together with our partners in the EOR Alliance, we are proud to be able to make our own contribution to assessing and scaling-up the use of CEOR in Western Siberia”, — Chairman and CEO, Beicip-Franlab Jean Burrus.