The Yuzhno-Russkoye field has constantly supplied an annual volume of around 25 billion cubic metres of natural gas.
Together with Gazprom and OMV, Wintershall Dea operates the Severneftegazprom joint venture, which produces 25 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year from the Yuzhno-Russkoye field. The field is located about 3,500 kilometres north-east of Moscow in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area in Western Siberia and is one of the largest in Wintershall Dea‘s portfolio in terms of production.
Four challenging rock strata
The Yuzhno-Russkoye field consists of four rock strata containing natural gas and oil: Cenomanian, Turonian, Lower Cretaceous and Jurassic. Natural gas has been produced from the Cenomanian deposits since 2007. Booster systems are used to counteract the natural drop in pressure and decline in production.
Exploration of the Turonian Formations
In order to extend the plateau production from the field, Severneftegazprom is developing the Turonian formations, for which little practical experience has been gained to date. Severneftegazprom started operating the first test wells in the Turonian formations in 2011. Over 120 new wells will be drilled between 2020 and 2033 as part of the production start-up from the Turonian formations. The first Turonian well clusters of the full field development came on stream in 2020 and the acceleration of the development is ongoing. Until June 2022, Severneftegazprom produced 15 billion cubic metres of Turonian gas.