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JOURNAL: No. 3(39) 2020, p. 112-125

HEADING: Study and development of nature resources of the Arctic

AUTHORS: Zhdaneev, O.V., Frolov, K.N., Konygin, A.E., Gekhaev, M.R.

ORGANIZATIONS: Gazprom Neft Shelf, Russian Energy Agency by the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, Far East Investment and Export Agency by the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic

DOI: 10.25283/2223-4594-2020-3-112-125

UDC: 629.563:338.242

The article was received on: 30.05.2020

Keywords: Arctic zone of the Russian Federation, Far East of Russia, continental shelf, ice conditions, exploratory drilling at sea, ice-resistant mobile drilling rig, bathymetry

Bibliographic description: Zhdaneev, O.V., Frolov, K.N., Konygin, A.E., Gekhaev, M.R. Exploration drilling on the Russian Arctic and Far East shelf. Arctic: ecology and economy, 2020, no. 3(39), pp. 112-125. DOI: 10.25283/2223-4594-2020-3-112-125. (In Russian).


The article considers the possibilities and limitations when solving the task of year-round exploratory drilling at sea in the extreme conditions of the Russian Arctic. The authors substantiate the necessity of maintaining the pace of geological survey in oil and gas provinces of the Arctic and Far East followed by prospect drilling. They outline prospects of production drilling and shelf production projects in the Northern and Far Eastern seas of Russia. The authors conclude why the task of extending the drilling season in the Arctic, up to ensuring year-round operations depending on the region, due to be be solved in the next five years by implementing the domestic project to create an ice-resistant mobile drilling rig. The researchers have investigated the depths of licensed areas and all oil-and-gas promising structures in the Arctic and Far East of Russia, as well as analyzed ice and climatic conditions. They have evaluated the project costs, the sequence of their implementation in conformance with the needs of the state, the availability of technological solutions and environmental risks.


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