Wolgodeminoil A Long-Standing Partnership

Wolgodeminoil is the longest-standing joint venture for hydrocarbon production between a Russian and a Western European partner. It produced more than 4.4 million barrels of oil equivalent in 2018.

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Wintershall Dea production Site Volgodeminoil
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Wolgodeminoil  is the longest-standing joint venture for hydrocarbon production between a Russian and a Western European partner. Wintershall Dea and RITEK, which is a subsidiary of LUKOIL, one of Russia’s largest oil producers, each hold a 50 per cent stake in the company. The company operates in three licence areas in the Volgograd region, covering around 13,625 square kilometres in total. In 2018, more than 4.4 million barrels of oil equivalent were produced.

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Wintershall Dea Vogodeminoil drilling rig
Wintershall Dea Vogodeminoil drilling rig
After an uncertain start, Wolgodeminoil turned into a success story.
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The big picture in sight

In 1992, Wolgodeminoil was the only joint venture in Russia that was established without having confirmed oil reserves and which only began to explore for oil after its foundation. In the vast expanses of southern Russia, however, the partners quickly found what they were looking for. Despite all the difficulties, Wolgodeminoil succeeded in establishing successful production: Oil and natural gas are currently being produced from eleven fields. In August 2018, the company produced the ten millionth tonne of oil.

Visions of the future in southern Russia

Wolgodeminoil plans to start production in the Zalivnoye field in 2019. To increase efficiency on the Molodezhnoye, Avilovskoye and Dobroye fields, gas-powered CHP units are being installed to cover the company’s own electricity needs. An extensive 3D seismic campaign was also carried out covering an area of 1,600 square kilometres, with further exploration wells to follow.

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Wintershall Dea employee seismic truck
Seismic surveys are carried out in order to explore new reservoirs in Southern Russia 
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Wintershall Dea Volgodeminoil background drilling rig
Wintershall Dea Volgodeminoil background drilling rig
Compliance with environmental standards is a main priority.
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The environment in focus

Wolgodeminoil is rightly proud in achieving international environmental and energy standards. The joint venture has a certified integrated occupational health and safety management system based on the ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 international standards. There is no gas flaring. Associated gas is collected, processed in plants belonging to the partner RITEK, and then fed into the pipeline grid. Part of the associated gas is processed in Wolgodeminoil’s own plants and used for generating electricity.

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kilometres north of Volgograd is where the three licence areas are located.
13,625
square kilometres is the size of the concession held by the Wolgodeminoil joint venture.
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