Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling Wells of Russia

We are about to see how they are planting numerous drilling rigs there. It’s the business of huge profit, the business that is widely discussed at all levels. But we are going to see just the technical side of it … and a bit of local nature.

Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling Wells of Russia

Orenburg steppe

Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling Wells of Russia

“Orenburg drilling corporation”, drilling rig №5115, Vakhitovsky deposit.

Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling rig ZJ50DBS made by the Chinese company “Sichuan Honghua Petroleum Equipment Co. Ltd.”

Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling rigs consume very much fuel – 4 tons of diesel fuel in an hour.

Drilling Wells of Russia

Equipment room, here they adjust temperature.

Drilling Wells of Russia

Pumping drilling fluid. Such fluid, delivered via the tubes to the well, makes the drill with diamond wheels rotate.

Drilling Wells of Russia

The rig is drilling a hole to extract a lot of cash from there.

Drilling Wells of Russia

Depth of such hole is 3-4 km (1850 – 2500 miles). It is not always straight, by the way. Sometimes it is oblique. The derrick stands here while the well is drilled somewhere half a mile away.

Drilling Wells of Russia

The workers are satisfied with the rig saying it’s quite reliable.

Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling Wells of Russia

Local means of transportation – Mi-8.

Drilling Wells of Russia

Local boy

Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling Wells of Russia

“Upon arrival at the object inform the supervisor and be instructed by the master”.

The second drilling rig to be planted is numbered as 13.

Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling Wells of Russia

Information about the rig such as contract No, consignee, consignor, address of loading etc. This drilling rig is not much different from that one we saw first.

Drilling Wells of Russia

Emergency evacuation chute

Drilling Wells of Russia

In such a way they are planting fifteen drilling rigs there. We are leaving this place and flying to Noviy Urengoy.

Orenburg where we were before is a Southern part of Russia with a hot weather and oily steppes. Now we fly 6000 km (miles) to the North East to the totally different landscape of permafrost and coldest winters on the planet. They use the same drilling techniques there too.

Drilling Wells of Russia

Yagelnoye airport in Noviy Urengoy. This is a typical oil drilling city and we won’t stay here for a long. We go for the oil deposit and drilling wells.

Drilling Wells of Russia

Local forests

Drilling Wells of Russia

A unique Yurkharovskoye deposit – 100 billion cubic metres (330 billion cubic ft) of gas.

Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling Wells of Russia

The drilling rig has already drilled some wells which are working now.

Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling Wells of Russia

Try to take off!

Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling Wells of Russia

Ok, we’ve seen enough here, getting back to Noviy Urengoy.

Drilling Wells of Russia

Houses for shift workers of the gas processing plant.

Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling Wells of Russia

Impassable roads of Yamal peninsula.

Drilling Wells of Russia

The rig is put on rails. All the equipment is made in Russia. Such an opportunity to move the rig is a tremendous saving of time for assembling/disassembling.

Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling rigs from China. Transportation of each rig requires 40 railway platforms!

Drilling Wells of Russia

There is a lot of sand here.

Drilling Wells of Russia

Drilling Wells of Russia

Security guard is still guarding the place even that it is in a totally middle of nowhere and nobody can get here except on a helicopter or a plane. Security is a vital part of an oil industry!

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7 thoughts on “Drilling Wells of Russia”

  1. Typo aside, interesting post for me, as I am a rig mover, moving oil and gas drilling rigs around mid western Saskatchewan, and mid eastern Alberta. The Chinese tech for self propelled triples (that’s drilling rigs that can pull 3 lengths of pipe at once) seems a little old. A couple years back, a friend of mine worked on a “walking” triple, built in Innisfield, Ab, Canada.

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