2 Russian Natural Gas Extraction

Russian Natural Gas Extraction

Posted on April 8, 2014 by tim


How does natural gas go from fields in the far eastern island Sakhalin to the system of gas pipeline ” Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok “?
The deposits of the Sakhalin shelf are main resource base.The Kirinskoye field has reserves at about 162.5 billion cubic meters of gas and 19.1 million tons of gas condensate . The system of gas transportation had started to work in  October 2013 when the first portion of the test gas was injected to the gas pipeline system ” Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok .” The projected level of gas production is 5.5 billion cubic meters per year.
The peculiarity of this field  is under water. All equipment is located at the bottom  at a depth of 90 meters. In Russian practice this method of extraction is used for the first time . Now let’s follow the path of the gas from the field to the end user.

On the first photo you see the complex on the beach. A pipe length which streched into the Okhotsk Sea is 29 kilometers.

This buildings belong to the Processing Facility

 From the onshore processing facility the gas pipeline crosses almost the entire island from east to west and reaches the compressor station, which already produces gas in the gas pipeline to Vladivostok.

Incredibly beautiful and difficult terrain. There is a road to the Onshore course, but it long enough. Helicopter and cross-country vehicle are the main means of transportation.

Severe the Okhotsk Sea. Sunny wheather doesn’t mean it is warm. A maximum air temperature plus 11-15 degrees and a cold wind is blowing often. A water temperature, on it’s peak is 10 degrees!

By the way, the Coast Technical Complex is designed to work with three fields of gas.

One of the most interesting and unusual structures at a pipeline from the field to the compressor station is a bridge over the river Nabil

Near the river is an active tectonic fault. Here pipeline comes to the surface and passes through a special bridge to the other side. The total length of the bridge overhead is about 360 meters. In total, it were made ​​more than 10 water crossings.

The video of pipeline was making during our fly. This was made to inspect potential problems.


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2 Responses to “Russian Natural Gas Extraction”

  1. CZenda says:

    “Vladimir, we cannot blackmail with the gas anymore… you know, the nasty nazis who suround Mother Russia and sleep under our beds came with the shale gas idea.”
    “Shut up and keep repeating “Nazis, nazis, nazis, ukraine, nazis, nazis, NaTO, nazis, nazis, nazis, USA” until I tell you otherwise!”

  2. Donym says:

    Shale gas only works if the prices are high so there is practically no problem for Russia.

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