|Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia, September 25, 2012 – Exxon Neftegas Limited on behalf of Sakhalin-1 Consortium announced the successful installation of the gravity-based structure (GBS) for its new offshore platform to develop the Project’s third field, Arkutun-Dagi, offshore North East Sakhalin, Far East Russia.|
The platform named Berkut (which means “golden eagle” in Russian) is designed to withstand harsh subarctic conditions with waves up to 18 meters, ice two meters thick, and temperatures minus 44 degrees Celsius. It will comprise the specially designed concrete GBS and topsides with drilling and production facilities mounted on it. Once mating of the topsides with the GBS is completed in 2013, Berkut will become the largest offshore platform in Russia.
“The successful completion and installation of the GBS highlights a significant milestone to the scheduled 2014 production start-up from Arkutun-Dagi field,” said Jim Flood, Exxon Neftegas Limited chairman. “The project’s outstanding safety and operational performance is a testament to our skilled offshore installation staff and the successful collaboration developed with local port authorities and our Russian marine transportation contractors.”
The Sakhalin-1 Project, operated by Exxon Neftegas Limited, is one of the largest single international direct investments in Russia and an excellent example of how advanced technologies are being applied to meet the challenges of the world’s growing energy demand. Over its years of production operations, the multi-billion dollar project has exhibited exemplary operational, environmental, and safety performance, and has provided significant benefits to Russia and its people.
Published : September 28, 2012