The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

“Rosneft” company has finished drilling works at the most distant¬†oil field “Chaivo” in Sakhalin, Russia. Production well O-14 is 13 500 meters deep, the drain is 12 033 long. It took them 156 days to drill the well.

We are going to join blogger russos in his tour to the Okhotsk Sea to see how they pull oil from its bottom.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

Our trip to the drilling platform begins!

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

Shallow marine shelf of the Okhotsk Sea.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

Under project “Sakhalin-1” recoverable reserves 307 million tons (2,3 billion barrels) of oil and 485 billion m3 of natural gas.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

All of them are located at deposits “Cahivo”, “Odoptu” and “Arkutun-Dagi”.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

Service ship on duty.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

We have just landed on the platform.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

Drilling platform “Orlan”, service and supply ships, reinforced concrete foundation of “Orlan” easily withstands the pressure of the ice and huge hummocks (some of them are high as a six-storey building).

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

“Orlan” platform was built in Japan in 1983-1984.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

At the site where “Orlan” was installed with all working equipment the sea is fifteen meters deep.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

New supply ship.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

Safety goes first! Electronic devices are allowed to be used only in the accomodations.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

We start exploring the platform from this collection point.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The canteen also serves as a protected emergency shelter.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The food served here is plain but tasty.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

One of the offices.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

Safety equipment.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

Cameras are not allowed on the platform, but how would we take photos then? They attach gas analyzers to bloggers, if they start making sounds, they would have to leave the place immediately.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

Explaining what a drilling well is.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The guys work on a rotational basis – 28 days, 12/12 hours.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

Bloggers are ready.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

There are about 100 workers on the platform.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

Pipe yard.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

Views from the platform.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The entire process is controlled from here.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The work is mostly automated.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

It’s one of the most powerful drilling rings in the world!

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

Captain of the drilling rig.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The drill is at a depth of 8887 meters now.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

When they extract all 8,8 km of pipes they will put a casing for oil extraction into the well.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

Drilling pipe being loaded.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

Diamond crown bit.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The scheme of the wells they drilled from the platform.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

This device is called a blow out preventor.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

From here oil will go to the onshore treatment facility.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

Well heads.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

Lifeboats.

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

Thanks to russos for the cool photos!

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