Outset of a new exploration stage at Russian heavy oil and natural bitumen fields

Authors: G.G. Gilaev, I.S. Afanasiev, V.А. Pavlov (Rosneft Oil Company OJSC), V.V. Salyaev, F.S. Streltsov, I.G. Khamitov (SamaraNIPIneft LLC)
Currently the issues related to the perspective developments of heavy oil (HO) and natural bitumen (NB) fields are becoming more and more acute. The reason of that is correlated with the constant growth in oil price that in combination with beneficial Mineral Extraction Tax gives the increase towards the investment attractiveness of these projects. More that 2/3 of world oil reserves are considered as reserves of HO and NB categories.  It should be noted that nearly half of them are referred to as non-recoverable reserves while applying modern commercially available field development procedures. Oil Company Rosneft has been paying a great deal of interest towards the so-called “hard-to-recover reserves”. It has summarized the domestic and international experience, has performed pilot jobs using the presently available procedures, conducted innovation activities in making the new process decisions.
Currently the issues related to the perspective developments of heavy oil (HO) and natural bitumen (NB) fields are becoming more and more acute. The reason of that is correlated with the constant growth in oil price that in combination with beneficial Mineral Extraction Tax gives the increase towards the investment attractiveness of these projects. More that 2/3 of world oil reserves are considered as reserves of HO and NB categories.  It should be noted that nearly half of them are referred to as non-recoverable reserves while applying modern commercially available field development procedures. Oil Company Rosneft has been paying a great deal of interest towards the so-called “hard-to-recover reserves”. It has summarized the domestic and international experience, has performed pilot jobs using the presently available procedures, conducted innovation activities in making the new process decisions.


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