V.V. Cherepanov, D.V. Luygai
Raw material base of gas production in Russia and Gazprom: the current state and future considerations for the 21st century
Eurasia mega-continent is reach in coil, gas, oil, and ores. The most important gas-bearing basins are located in its northern and Arctic parts: West and East Siberian, Barents Sea, Okhotsk Sea sedimentary basins, megabasins, etc. The current structure of the raw material base for gas production is as follows: the explored reserves amount to 50.8 TCM (categories A + B + C1 according to the State Balance Sheet), preliminary evaluated reserves — 17.7 TCM (categories B2 + C2), cumulative production — 22,2 TCM, total of the initial reserves — 91.8 TCM. According to the official and corporate estimates, ultimate potential resources of free gas make 287.5 and 200 TCM. The paper analyzes in detail the structure of gas reserves and resources. Western Siberia (onshore and shelf of the southern part of the Kara Sea) is the richest region. The explored resources of Gazprom (the major producing company) amounted to 36.8/35.4 TCM (in-place/recoverable) (2017–2018). In 2017, Russia produced 692 BCM of gas, including 471 BCM of gas produced by Gazprom. The paper discusses the focus areas, operating results, and issues of raw material base recovery owing to Russian and Gazprom production until 2040. In accordance with the Strategic Gas Industry Plan, gas production in Russia will increase to 1 TCM in this period, including unconventional gas production. The current Russian gas reserves will increase to 54–55/34–35 TCM (in-place/recoverable) until 2051. Major production volume and new incremental reserves will be obtained from the Yamal-Kara region of Western Siberia.
Key words: palaeozoic; raw material base; gas; prospecting; reserves; resources; production.
For citation: Cherepanov V.V., Lyugai D.V. Raw material base of gas production in Russia and Gazprom: the current state and future considerations for the 21st century. Geologiya nefti I gaza = Oil and gas geology. 2018;(4s):17–30. DOI 10.31087/0016-7894-2018-4s-17-30.
V.V. Cherepanov Scopus
Gazprom, Moscow, Russia;
D.V. Luygai Scopus
Gazprom VNIIGAZ, Moscow oblast, Russia;