21 April 2021
Achim Development LLC, a joint venture company of Gazprom and Wintershall Dea, has started production of gas and gas condensate as part of comprehensive testing (hot commissioning) of production equipment on block 5А of the Achimov deposits of the Urengoy field.
Earlier, in January 2021, the production of hydrocarbons began from block 4A of the Achimov deposits of the Urengoy field.
Currently, both blocks - 4A and 5A - are at the stage of comprehensive testing of equipment, gas is being fed into Gazprom's gas transport system.
The development of the blocks is carried out in harsh climatic and in complex geological structures. The hydrocarbons are deposited at a depth of about 4000 m at an abnormally high reservoir pressure (up to 62 MPa).
Upon the completion of the comprehensive testing, production will be gradually ramped up to reach its design capacity by 2027. The production will amount over 14 billion cubic meters of natural gas and over 5 million tons of gas condensate.
Achim Development LLC was established to implement a project for the construction and development of blocks 4A and 5A of the Achimov deposits of the Urengoy oil, gas and gas condensate field. The main type of production activity of the company is the production of natural gas and unstable gas condensate.
In 2015, Gazprom and BASF/Wintershall completed an asset swap deal. As a result of the transaction, Wintershall received 25.01% in the project for the construction and development of blocks 4A and 5A of the Achimov deposits of the Urengoy field.