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Meeting on Shtokman field Development held

Dec. 16, 2009 - Today Alexander Ananenkov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee held in the Company's Headquarters a meeting on the Shtokman gas and condensate field development.

Taking part in the meeting were Vasily Podyuk, Member of the Management Committee - Head of the Gas, Gas Condensate and Oil Production Department, heads and experts from Gazprom's specialized subdivisions, Gazprom dobycha shelf, Gazflot, Giprospetsgaz and Shtokman Development AG. The meeting was also attended by representatives from the Russian Federation Transport Ministry, Krylov Shipbuilding Research Institute, Lenmorniiproekt and Sovcomflot.

The meeting participants discussed the issues related to designing the layout of the port and transportation complex infrastructure near Teriberka to be used at each and every phase of the Shtokman project execution. In particular, the meeting addressed the information by design institutes on hydro-meteorological specifics of the Teriberka Bay, as well as the results of physical and mathematical simulation for optional locations of the LNG export facility.

It was noted that the port and transportation complex infrastructure engineering had to be carried out so as to optimize the construction costs and ensure the navigation safety of heavy-duty LNG carriers.

Based on the meeting results, Gazprom's specialized subdivisions and subsidiaries were entrusted with the appropriate tasks.


Background

The Shtokman field is situated in the central region of the Russian sector of the Barents Sea.

The C1 reserves of the field account for 3.8 trillion cubic meters of gas and 53.3 million tons of gas condensate.

The Shtokman gas and condensate field development project is of strategic importance for Gazprom. The field will become a resource base for deliveries of Russian gas - both pipeline and LNG - to the Atlantic basin markets.

Gazprom neft shelf (former Sevmorneftegaz), a wholly owned subsidiary of Gazprom, holds the gas and gas condensate exploration and production license for the Shtokman field.

Gazprom determined Total (France) and StatoilHydro (Norway) as partners to execute the Shtokman project.

In February 2008 Gazprom, Total and StatoilHydro signed the Shareholder Agreement on establishing Shtokman Development AG, a special-purpose company to implement the engineering, development, construction, financing, and operation of the first phase facilities intended for the Shtokman field development.

The special-purpose company will own the infrastructure of the first phase of the Shtokman field for 25 years, starting from the field commissioning date.

In 2008 the Vyborg Shipbuilding Plant launched the construction of two semi-submersible drilling rigs to drill production wells in the Shtokman field.

Designed for operation in severe climate conditions of the Far North, the Polyarnaya Zvezda and Severnoye Siyaniye platforms can resist the waves up to 32 meters high, perform exploratory and production drilling of gas and oil wells reaching 7,500 meters at water depth of 70-500 meters.

The first semi-submersible drilling rig is to be constructed in the fourth quarter of 2010, the second one - in the first quarter of 2011.


2009-12-17

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