17 Oil and Gas Extraction on Sakhalin

Oil and Gas Extraction on Sakhalin

Posted on September 21, 2011 by team

No doubt, all of you have at least some notion of what Sakhalin is. A large island in the very East of Russia with bears walking along its streets and people going to work by deer and having caviar for breakfast… But all this is well-known that’s why today we decided to tell you about something that you probably don’t yet know about Sakhalin, namely how oil and gas are extracted there.

One of the two large oil projects is called “Sakhalin-1″.

The project includes the development of three oilfields: Chayvo, Odoptu and Arkutun-Dagi located on the northeast shelf of Sakhalin. The development of the first two of them is already in full swing.

The Odoptu field is located 9 km away the northeast coast of Sakhalin, near Piltun Bay.

And this is the small model of Chayvo.

The development of a field is carried out with the help of the boring rig called “Yastreb” (“Hawk”).

At the moment, “Yastreb” is the largest and most powerful in the world land-based boring rig, specially designed for the “Sakhalin-1″ by “Parker Drilling”. It was assembled in the United States in 2002, then tested, disassembled and brought to Sakhalin.

The height of this thing is about 70 m.

The offshore platform “Orlan” extracts oil as well. All year round it drills oil wells. Now there are already 21 of them. The length of the trunk of most wells is about 5-7 km.

The previous photo was made from the window of this bird. If the weather is good, it transports people to “Orlan”.


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17 Responses to “Oil and Gas Extraction on Sakhalin”

  1. John says:

    It’s sad that all the money from the oil is going to oligarchs and foreign companies instead of the Russian people.

    • historian says:

      Every crude materials should belong to the state.

      • Nergol says:

        A basic error of leftists – assuming that “belonging to the state” is the same as “belonging to the people”. I have to wonder at people who, even having the history of the 20th century in front of them to examine, still believe that the state can even remotely be counted on to have the best interests of the people at heart.

        • ayaa says:

          I’m no communist but historian is right on right one, IMO. The profit motive and market capitalism don’t work well on oil and gas.

        • Nergol says:

          If it was really true that “the state are the people”, there would be no such thing as repression of the people by a state. Such a thing would, in fact, be impossible. It doesn’t take much of a “historian”, however, to know that there has actually been quite a lot of that in human history, and that some of the most extreme cases in recent memory have been in places where the state owned everything, and claimed that it did so in the name of the people.

          Do you really think that under the Communists, everything really belonged to “the people”? Do you think that Pemex, the state-run oil company in Mexico, really operates for the benefit of the Mexican people? Do you think that the state-owned oil companies in Libya under Ghaddafi and Iraq under Saddam Hussein really operated for the benefit of the Libyan and Iraqi people?

          Sorry, “historian”, but you have a big ‘ol History Fail (not to mention Economics Fail and Geopolitics Fail) going on there.

    • Huh? says:

      Wasn’t this island stolen from the Japanese after WW2?

      • ayaa says:

        So using that same reasoning, I could say that the Crimea was stolen from Russia by Ukraine in 1954. Lets see how interesting any replies to this are. :)

  2. Tovarich Volk says:

    How bad is the climate there, that the drill rigs need to be completely enclosed?

  3. marxistworker says:

    If all crude oil comes from fossilized organic matter (ancient algae, zooplankton, ferns, etc.) how do evangelicals and creationists explain it’s presence?

    • (r)evolutionist says:

      Magic, of course!

    • yojimbo says:

      They claim that god put it there I suppose.Some of the most hard core think that things like fossils where made by Satan to make people not believe in god.That is what happens when you read something and take it to be the literal truth I suppose.

    • Chris says:

      @marxistworker, you’re asking how evangelicals and creationists explain how crude oil comes from fossilized organic matter, on englishrussia.com???

      Shouldn’t you be asking at a creationist web site???

      Or are you afraid that you’ll get a reasonable response and will need to come to the conclusion that what YOU believe is bullsh1t??

      Google it at least!!

    • Nergol says:

      I dunno. Here’s another good question: If hydrocarbons only come from fossilized matter, why is there methane on Titan and Neptune?

  4. Chris says:

    WHY all this American technology; are Russians too DUMB to get this done themselves??

  5. D3mon says:

    Cool, i worked on fire seferty project for Chaivo oilfield.

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