V. Filanovsky field is the second Caspian field to be launched by LUKOIL. LUKOIL discovered the field in 2005 in the Russian Caspian Sea, 190 km off Astrakhan at depths between 7 and 11 meters. This is one of Russia’s largest offshore oil fields. As of late 2015 its proven reserves totaled 290 mln. barrels (3P reserves came to 567 mln. barrels).
As of today, construction and assembly operations have been completed for the first stage facilities, and the 1st living quarters have been commissioned. Construction and assembly has also been completed for the second phase substructures, oil and gas pipelines have been commissioned, as were offshore sections of pipelines.
In 2016 both the field and head onshore facilities are expected to be brought into pilot production.
LUKOIL discovered a major multi-reservoir oil-gas-condensate field at Severny license area in northern Caspian. The first prospecting well produced a free flow of dry sweet crude at a rate of over 800 tn/day at a draw-down of 0.2 MPa. In Russia flow rates like this have only been observed at very few wells (the flow rate in Russia averages 10.5 tn/day). The new field is the largest oil field discovered in Russia in the last 25 years. Its development is going to substantially boost the profitability of operations in the Caspian. The new field was named as a tribute to Vladimir Filanovsky, who did so much to develop the national oil industry.
Commencement of the design and construction of the field facilities, including the ice-resistant platform, the riser block platform, living quarters with crossovers, and central processing platform (CPP). Laying of subsea pipelines in the Caspian Sea started. In particular, LUKOIL made contracts for the construction of oil and gas pipelines connecting V. Filanovsky and Yu. Korchagin fields and those to export oil and gas from the North Caspian fields. Generally, the V. Filanovsky infrastructure development project provides for laying of more than 330 km of subsea and 350 km of onshore pipelines.
By 2014 the substructures of the construction project’s first stage had been manufactured and installed. The topsides of CPP, LQP-1, IRP-1 and RB were brought to location and installed, both the crossovers and flare boom were assembled. Outfitting on the IRP-1 and CPP topsides was under way. 258 km of offshore pipelines to export oil and gas from the field were laid. 2015 saw commissioning of LQP-1, while on the remaining three platforms construction, assembly and pre-commissioning were still under way.