Gazprom Neft is developing large-cluster projects on the Yamal Peninsula, in Eastern and Western Siberia, and in the Orenburg Oblast, both directly and through joint ventures.
The key driver of our resource base expansion in 2020 was organic growth from existing assets, with 45 exploration and appraisal wells drilled. The total depth of exploration drilling totalled 152,600 m.
In 2020, Gazprom Neft acquired 3,160 line km of 2D and 5,330 sq km of 3D seismic data.
In late 2020, Gazprom Neft and the LANIT group developed a digital twin to boost the performance of seismic operations at oilfields. The digital twin uses historical seismic data from all of the company’s oilfields across different regions to benchmark the data available on drilling prospects against the most successful solutions used in comparable geological settings. These insights enable asset teams to design optimal prospect-exploration strategies.
This integrated real-time environment is expected to improve seismic acquisition monitoring and yield high-quality geophysical data. Gazprom Neft will evaluate the performance of the digital twin in the field, using data gathered in the 2020–2021 winter acquisition season.
Our portfolio management system, established over the past few years, performed well during the turbulence of 2020, with operations promptly refocused on less risky projects that give a quick return on investment.
Vadim YakovlevDeputy CEO for Exploration and Production, Gazprom Neft PJSC
The competency centre run by Gazpromneft-GEO manages turnkey projects on behalf of the Group. This centre ensures continuous additions of commercially recoverable reserves to the company’s resource base to maximise the efficiency of capital employment.
Our approach to exploration is based on:
managing a portfolio of major exploration projects;
concentrating our financial and managerial exploration capabilities in a single centre;
optimising the transfer of business-ready cases for further development;
assessing each project in terms of its geology and investment case, as well as logistics, infrastructure, and technological complexity.