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24 February 2021, 17:04

Belorusneft eager to start offering premium Plug&Perf services by 2025

The well borer Aleksandr Medvedev
The well borer Aleksandr Medvedev

SVETLOGORSK DISTRICT, 24 February (BelTA) – Belorusneft intends to enter the international market of premium Plug&Perf services by 2025, BelTA learned from Denis Zakruzhny, Head of the Borehole Technologies and Service Office at Belorusneft.

The age of light crude is over. Today most of the oil deposits in Belarus are hard to recover. Belorusneft specialists use cutting-edge technologies, including Plug&Perf, to extract such oil.

According to Denis Zakruzhny, multistage hydraulic fracturing is the most economically profitable and promising method for the multistage finishing of horizontal boreholes. Many oil companies are starting to use it, including Belorusneft. “It is the second year we've been mastering the technology. In 2021 we will use new chemical reagents in order to improve the processes,” the executive said.

The technology can give a second wind or a third one to depleted wells. Conventional technologies cannot do it due to multiple risks, the executive stressed.

In Belarus the technology is used for hard to recover oil and conventional oil.

“Our goal is to fully adapt the technology and offer premium services abroad using the technology. We are one step ahead of the neighboring countries. Russian companies are just starting taking the first few steps in this direction. I think companies like Rosneft and Gazprom will be interested in cooperation with us. We intend to offer the turn-key construction of facilities, including cement injection and reclamation. We intend to do it soon, by 2025,” Denis Zakruzhny stressed.

The Plug&Perf technology is now used at well No.9100 in Svetlogorsk District. An entire cluster of equipment and vehicles has been deployed at the site, including about 18 pumps, two blenders, and chemical vehicles. It is two or three times as many as a standard operation needs (up to ten vehicles and equipment units). The tank farm can store about 1,000m3. To compare, a large Olympic swimming pool can store 20m3, Denis Zakruzhny noted.

The Belarusian industrial group Belorusneft was founded in 1966. The company specializes in exploration, prospecting, and development of oil fields, well drilling, extraction of oil and associated petroleum gas. Belorusneft also offers oil industry services in other countries.

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