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06/08/18 10:42

Vladimir Filanovsky field close to start

Lukoil completed transportation and started installation of wellhead platform substructure

Lukoil has completed transportation and started installation of the substructure – that was built at the Galaktika shipyard in Astrakhan and transported via the Volga-Caspian Shipping Canal - for the wellhead platform (mini offshore ice-resistant fixed platform) at Vladimir Filanovsky field in Caspian Sea.

The wellhead platform is designed to produce and gather crude oil, as well as to supply it to the central processing platform of the first stage of the field. The wellhead platform is being built as part of the third stage of the field, which is implemented to develop the Western part of the reservoir and maintain stable production plateau.

Subsidiary Lukoil-Nizhnevolzhskneft is currently building the topside for the wellhead platform at its construction and assembly yard. Start of crude oil production at the wellhead platform is scheduled for 2019. Nearly all operations of the facility will be automated, resulting in the minimal involvement of service personnel.

The Vladimir Filanovsky field was commissioned in 2016; initial recoverable reserves amount to 129 million tons of crude oil and 30 billion cubic meters of gas. To date, cumulative crude oil production at the Caspian fields of Lukoil has exceeded 17 million tons. All offshore facilities have been built at the Russian shipyards.

In June the Russian major company completed the construction and commissioned the third well at the second development stage of the Vladimir Filanovsky field in the Caspian Sea, a bilateral horizontal oil producing well; length of the main wellbore is 3,795 meters while lateral is 3,762 meters long. Well's initial flow rate exceeded 3,200 tonnes of oil per day. The field's average daily production reached its plateau level post the launch of this well.

In total the construction of 8 wells is planned at the field's second development stage including 6 producing and 2 injection wells to maintain the plateau oil production level of 6 million ton per year. The construction of wellhead platform currently undergoes at the Astrakhan shipyards as part of the field's third development stage.

In January 2018 Lukoil completed the construction and commissioning of the first well at Phase 2,  a production single bore horizontal well with measured depth of 3.5 kilometers and horizontal section of 1.2 kilometers.