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NOVATEK aims to expand its resource base through geological exploration at fields and license areas not only in close proximity to existing transportation and production infrastructure, but also in new potentially prospective hydrocarbon areas. The Company ensures the efficiency of geological exploration work by deploying state-of-the-art technologies and relying on the experience and expertise of the specialists in our geology department, and the Company’s Scientific and Technical Center located in Tyumen.
The Company uses a systematic and comprehensive approach to exploration and development of its fields and license areas, beginning with the collection and interpretation of seismic data to the creation of dynamic field models for the placement of exploration and production wells. We employ modern geological and hydrodynamic modelling as well as new well drilling and completion techniques to maximize the ultimate recovery of hydrocarbons in a cost effective manner.
In 2015, we continued full-scale exploration works at our license areas located on the Gydan Peninsula and offshore in the Gulf of Ob to properly assess the resource potential of this strategically important region. We started three-dimensional (3D) seismic studies at the North-Obskiy offshore license area and also conducted 3D seismic and exploration drilling works at the Utrenniy license area.
Exploration activities also continued at the fields and license areas in the Nadym-Pur-Taz region. Seismic studies were done at the North-Russkiy and Dorogovskiy license areas while exploration drilling was performed at the North-Russkiy and Malo-Yamalskiy areas, as well as at the Samburgskiy and Yevo-Yakhinskiy license areas of the Arcticgas JV.
We completed 1,004 square km of 3D seismic works in 2015. Exploration drilling (including drilling works at our joint ventures) totalled 15.2 thousand meters as well as completing the construction of five (5) prospecting and exploration wells. As a result, nine (9) new gas deposits were discovered at the Utrenneye, North-Russkoye and North-Chaselskoye fields and wet gas reserves were added at the Achimov deposits (very rich in gas condensate) of the Urengoyskoye field within the Samburgskiy and Yevo-Yakhinskiy license areas.