Kravtsovskoye oilfield

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Kravtsovskoye oilfield
Country Russia
Region Kaliningrad Oblast
Location Baltic Sea
Block D-6
Offshore/onshore offshore
Coordinates 55°17′N 20°36′E / 55.283°N 20.600°E / 55.283; 20.600Coordinates: 55°17′N 20°36′E / 55.283°N 20.600°E / 55.283; 20.600
Operator Lukoil-Kaliningradmorneft
Partners Lukoil
Field history
Discovery 1983
Start of production 2004
Production
Estimated oil in place 9.1 million tonnes
(~ 10.6×10^6 m3 or 66.4 MMbbl)

The Kravtsovskoye oilfield (Russian: Кравцовское нефтяное месторождение) is located within block D-6 in the coastal waters of the Baltic Sea, about 22 kilometres (14 mi) west of Russia's Kaliningrad Oblast.[1] The deposit was opened in 1983 and extraction began in 2004.[1] The extraction operation is conducted by Lukoil.[1] Recoverable oil in the field is estimated at 9.1 million tonnes.[1] The surrounding waters are about 30 metres (98 ft) deep.[2]

The field is developed with two platforms which were installed by using a Stanislav Yudin crane vessel.[3] The firms involved in the field's infrastructure construction included Corall Central Design Bureau, Kaliningradmorneft, Krein-Shelf, Germanischer Lloyd, Gosgortekhnadzor, Siemens, and HRI Oilfield, L.P.[4] Produced oil and associated gas is transported by a 47-kilometre (29 mi) underwater pipeline to the Romanovo oil-gathering unit. Crude oil is exported through the Izhevsky oil terminal.[5]

Due to its proximity to the Curonian Spit, a UNESCO World Heritage site lying within both Lithuania and the Oblast, concerns over the environmental impact of a spill at the site have been raised.[1] During the 2000s the two states agreed to a joint environmental impact assessment of the D-6 project, including plans for oil spill mitigation.[6] The assessment and mitigation project had not been completed as of 2010.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "HELCOM Secretariat delegation visits Lukoil's Kravtsovskoye (D-6) oilfield". Helsinki Commission Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission. 2004-05-10. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  2. ^ Jonathan I. Charney, American Society of International Law (2002). International Maritime Boundaries, Volume 4. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. p. 3062. ISBN 978-90-411-1954-4. 
  3. ^ Terdre, Nick (2003-08-01). "Lukoil/Seaway progressing first Russian Baltic project". Offshore Magazine. 63 (8). PennWell Corporation. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  4. ^ "Lukoil's Kravtsovskoye (D-6) Oil Field, Russia". Offshore-Technology. Net Resources International. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  5. ^ "Lukoil starts development drilling at Kravtsovskoye (D-6) field in the Baltic Sea" (Press release). Lukoil. 2004-03-03. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  6. ^ a b "32COM 7B.98 - Curonian Spit (Lithuania / Russian Federation) (C 994)". UNESCO World Heritage Committee. Retrieved 2010-06-15.