Public Joint Stock Gazprom Neft: Gazprom Neft Establishes Russia’s First Test Facilities for Development of Hard-to-Recover Oil Production Technologies

Gazprom Neft is the first oil company in Russia to be simultaneously awarded two licenses of a new type – for the development of technologies for prospecting hard-to-recover reserves. Technology test sites to assess domestic solutions are to be established in the Palyanovsky and Salymsky-3 license blocks in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra.


This new category of subsurface use – unlike traditional exploration and production licenses – is intended to cover the development, testing and deployment of innovations to develop hard-to-recover oil and to improve oil recovery. petroleum (EOR).

This mechanism will allow companies to focus on technology development rather than the drilling and development commitments typical of the traditional operating model. It also simplifies the procedures for drafting and approving project documentation. Establishing test sites dramatically increases the reach of field testing technologies, as well as their further refinement and deployment to existing and future oil and gas assets.

A network of technological test sites to test E&P solutions in the development of the Bajenov and Domanic formations and the Achimovsky and Paleozoic deposits is to be deployed in the Volga-Ural region and in Western Siberia over the next few years. Open-access innovation test sites are also established across Russia, where all players in the oil and gas market – from underground users and oil service companies to R&D centers and universities – will be able to test their technologies.

“We are the first company in Russia to obtain licenses not for geological prospecting or oil production, but for the production of technologies to develop hard-to-recover and unconventional reserves. It is an important event for the entire industry. This type of subsoil use facilitates the establishment of innovative testing facilities, on which players in the oil and gas markets can focus on finding new technological solutions to produce oil that is difficult to recover. above all make it possible to involve a large circle of partners in this work, without bureaucratic complications. We are convinced that the new criteria for the use of subsoil emerging in our country will promote more dynamic technological development within the oil and gas industry.

Alexander DioukovChairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft

Notes for Editors

This new definition of the use of the subsoil was put in place in accordance with Federal Law No. 396-FZ “On Amendments to the Law on Subsoil” of December 2, 2019, and by virtue of a decision of Rosnedra (Federal Mineral Resources Agency). Such test facilities will be used for technology development and will also serve as a pilot platform to develop and test the most viable tax incentive model for industry-wide deployment, at the to come up.

The development of this network of technology testing facilities throughout Russia will be undertaken within the framework of the federal project “Technologies for the development of hard-to-recover reserves”.

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