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”.
If the weather is bad, they have to shake for hours in the orange KAMAZ cars like those which can be seen at the photo.
The platform houses the minimum number of facilities intended for the preparation of the product. Only drilling and dwelling modules.