Rosneft and ExxonMobil have selected the Vostochniy Offshore Structures Construction Yard (VOSTCO Yard) to undertake a feasibility study for a platform which is capable of exploring the shallow waters of the Kara Sea.
The concept evaluation will assess the safety measures and environmental protection measures of the platform to operate in Arctic conditions and its ability to withstand extreme ice, wind, wave and temperature conditions.
The study will evaluate the feasibility of utilising a gravity base structure that could extend the drilling season by several months.
VOSTCO Yard will work in collaboration with Norway’s Kvaerner, which will provide design services for the project.
Igor Sechin, Rosneft president and chairman of the management board, said: "It is important that concept evaluation and further construction of the platform will be carried out by Russian companies that will further enhance their competence in a sector that is central to the Russian economy."
Rex W. Tillerson, ExxonMobil chairman and CEO, said: "ExxonMobil has been operating in the Arctic for more than 80 years and supports the continued development of state-of-the-art systems to protect the safety of workers and the Arctic environment."
The platform concept will be evaluated for use in the shallow waters of East Prinovozemelsky License Blocks 1, 2 and 3 with semi-submersible rigs to be used in water deeper than 60m.
Image: Rosneft’s headquarters in Russia. Photo courtesy of: Rosneft.