The Achimgaz joint venture stands for productive cooperation under extreme climatic conditions and technological challenges in Siberia.
Achimgaz is a German-Russian joint venture in Western Siberia in which Wintershall Dea and Gazprom subsidiary Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy each have a 50 per cent shareholding. In the vicinity of the city of Novy Urengoy in the Arctic Circle, 3,500 kilometres north-east of Moscow, the company extract natural gas and gas condensate from the geologically challenging Achimov formations in Area 1A of the Urengoyskoye field under extreme climatic conditions.
Energy from the depths
The Achimov deposits lie at a depth of almost 4,000 metres, which is deeper than many of the already developed gas fields in the region. Achimgaz set up a large-scale facility for separating natural gas and condensate, which now has five processing lines. . Following the completion of the drilling campaign in 2019, the company reached the yearly plateau production of ten billion cubic metres of natural gas.
Mastering challenges: Geology and logistics
The development of Achimov formations is not only geologically demanding. The adverse conditions above the surface are also a challenge. In wintertime, which lasts from September to May in Novy Urengoy, temperatures drop to minus 40 degrees. All production and processing facilities withstand temperature fluctuations from minus 56 to plus 34 degrees Celsius. In addition, the remoteness of the region requires particularly careful planning of the construction work. Thanks to a robust shift system, production runs even under the most adverse climatic conditions, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.