2020 highlights and key projects

Production technology

Bazhenov Formation development

Under the national project to study the Bazhenov Formation, the company’s subsidiary Gazpromneft – Technology Partnerships (formerly the Bazhenov Technology Centre) has confirmed the previously stated improvements to multistage hydraulic fracturing performance in horizontal wells at this formation. A key breakthrough of 2020 was a 20% reduction in the per-unit cost of advanced well drilling at the Bazhenov Formation. This achievement came on the back of the continuing development of the Russian oilfield services market and higher well complexity. The company’s short-term plans include shaving well costs down to a level where commercial development of the Bazhenov Formation would be viable.

Bazhenov Formation development

Cyber-Fracking 2.0 simulator

In 2020, the Cyber-Fracking 2.0 simulator, developed by a consortium of the Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Centre, Russian research institutions and HEIs, proved its efficiency at a company field.

The Russian simulator works faster and gives a better representation of fractures than its foreign counterparts. When paired with Gazprom Neft’s other digital tools, the Cyber-Fracking 2.0 simulator will significantly increase the efficiency of oil production from low-permeability reservoirs.

Cyber-Fracking 2.0 simulator

Optimised well design at the Priobskoye field

The company decided to roll out the results of the Optimised Well Design at the Priobskoye Field project.

The purpose of the project, run by Gazpromneft-Khantos and Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Centre, was to boost the economic efficiency of horizontal well drilling and reduce drilling times.

The technology is scheduled for commercial rollout at the Priobskoye field and the Alexander Zhagrin field in 2021.

Optimised well design at the Priobskoye field

Technologies and equipment for operations on the continental shelf

Partnerships with Russian developers create powerful technologies and equipment for operations on the continental shelf.

Just one example of these developments is a dispersant to clean up oil spills in ice-covered areas, an unmatched solution in Russia.

The new dispersant is much cheaper than its foreign counterparts and is more efficient in arctic conditions.

Technologies and equipment for operations on the continental shelf

Digital drilling rig testing

Gazpromneft-Noyabrskneftegaz successfully tested a digital drilling rig, performing some operations without human intervention.

The test showed a 17.5% reduction in advanced well construction time against standard time, with the cost of daily-rate services down by 8%.

Automation has improved drilling safety.

Digital drilling rig testing

R&D in oil refining

The company conducts research in collaboration with leading universities, academic institutions and technology companies from various Russian regions.

Focus areas

Increasing oil conversion rate

Improving the environmental performance and efficiency of operations

Developing new processes and products, including catalysts for use at company refineries and for sale to external consumers

Developing innovative technologies

In 2020, in order to move from import substitution to import outstripping, Gazprom Neft supported the establishment of energy clubs — student associations to provide career guidance and support for new, high-tech projects — in five leading St Petersburg-based universities (Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University, ITMO University, Saint Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University, State Marine Technical University). An inter-university accelerator was launched for these energy clubs, with 15 student projects joining the programme in an attempt to address the technology challenges faced by the company.