Construction has begun on an ice-resistant platform (ICP) for Gazprom’s field located in the extreme ice and climate conditions of the Arctic shelf.

The platform will be used in the development of the Kamennomysskoye-Sea field, which is located in the Ob Bay of the Kara Sea. The field is unique in terms of its gas reserves, which amount to some 555 billion cubic metres. Production operations are due to start in 2025, with a design output (for Cenomanian deposits) of 15 billion cubic metres per year.

The field is situated in a marine environment characterised by low temperatures (up to minus 60 degrees Celsius), heavy storms, shallow depths (5–12 metres), and thick and dense freshwater ice.

According to Gazprom, the development of this field will become the first shelf project in the world to be implemented in such extreme ice and climate conditions.

In view of these factors, it was decided to use a special ice-resistant platform as the key facility in the development of the field. The platform will be more than 135 metres long, 69 metres wide, 41 metres tall from the base to the helicopter pad and its weight will exceed 40,000 tons in total.

The Russian energy giant said a foundation-laying ceremony for the ICP took place at the shipyard of Southern Shipbuilding and Repair Center, part of United Shipbuilding Corporation, in the Astrakhan Region.

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29th June 2020