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Vladimir Yakushev: Tyumen region is going to increase oil production in 2017

January 06/ 10:52

Tyumen. Oil production in Tyumen region in 2017 is expected to reach 13 million tons, with 4% increase over 2016 figures. That is what the Governor Vladimir Yakushev told the Oil and Gas Information Agency during his interview, as he stated the key priorities in the region’s FEC development next year. 

- Vladimir Vladimirovich, which events do you remember best in 2016?

- There were a lot of events, which is good. It means that the industry is developing, people’s interest to it is not getting weaker.   

In August 2016 our reliable partner, Surgutneftegaz company started operating Yuzhno-Nyurymskoe field in Uvat district. According to the plan, the annual production of 800 thousand tons is going to be reached by 2018. We are going to continue and reinforce our partnership.

Oil production in RN-Uvatneftegaz exceeded 1 million tons a month for the first time since the company’s foundation. The increase is due to the application of new technology and teamwork of the highly professional staff, who I’d like to congratulated with their 15-year anniversary.

Now hydrocarbons are produced by five companies: LLC RN-Uvatneftegaz, LLC Gazpromneft-Khantos, JSC Surgutneftegaz, LLC PIT-SIBINTEK, LLC Nord-Ost Geo.

A key event was the fact that Antipinsky Refinery started to operate at a new capacity of 9 million tons, it also reached a new processing depth of 98%, unique for Russia. This result took just ten years to achieve, especially considering the fact that the plant was built from scratch fully with private investments.           

Another important event of 2016 was SIBUR’s decision to unite Tobolsk companies in LLC SIBUR Tobolsk. The company finished reconstructing #2 gas fractioning plant, which was put into operation in 2014. As a result, the total capacity of light hydrocarbons processing in Tobolsk increased from 6.6 to 8 million tons a year. The company provides for a third of the total volume of all-Russian production of liquefied hydrocarbon gases (as of 2015).    

- What is your forecast concerning the development of oil and gas industry in 2017?

- Making forecasts is a thankless task. But still. Rosneft and Surgutneftegaz are expected to continue implementing the projects on oil production facilities development in Uvat district. This will provide for a positive dynamics in oil production. Exploration is done at a fast pace. According to Rosneft, from 2014 to 2020 eleven fields are planned to be put on-stream, four of which have already been. Surgutneftegaz is planning to put into operation a large new field Demyanskoe.     

Oil production in 2017 according to the basic scenario is expected to amount to 13 million tons, with 4% increase over 2016 figures.

Processing facilities in Antipinsky refinery are being built. We hope that in 2017 the plant will start producing RON-92 and RON-95 petrol, Euro-5 class. Oil processing volume and Euro-5 class diesel fuel production are expected to increase.

SIBUR Tobolsk is expecting to further increase the volume of processed light hydrocarbons. The output of the major product of the company, liquefied hydrocarbon gases, is also rising.  

A stable operation of the oil and gas industry is important for the region. Since, apart from the taxes (corporate income tax, property tax), the companies provide highly productive and highly paid work places. Besides, we need to keep in mind that every person working in the oil industry, creates over 20 workplaces in other spheres.

- How do you estimate the implementation of the import substitution program and the cooperation between Tyumen manufacturers with the oil and gas producing companies?

- There are some results, and they are not too bad. The government of the Tyumen region takes active measures to promote the local manufacturers’ products. For example, we made an agreement with PJSC LUKOIL, PJSC Rosneft, PJSC Gazprom neft, PJSC Gazprom, the areas of cooperation with PJSC Transneft are defined.

During the St. Petersburg International Economics Forum this year Alexey Miller, PJSC Gazprom Chairman and I signed the road map on expanding the use of high-tech products, produced in the region, including import-substituting ones, in the interests of the company.   

Signing this document is very important for the Tyumen region. We actively participate in the import substitution program, implemented by Gazprom. The products of Tyumen manufacturers are competitive, comply with the high standards of quality, established by the company. The project aims at the increase of high-tech products manufacturing in the region, reinforcing the research and development as well as industrial capacity.   

Today the road map activities are being implemented. 10 offers from Tyumen companies, as well as an offer-project from Tyumen Industrial University are sent for PJSC Gazprom review. The companies-residents of Tyumen Technopark also joint the implementation of the road map program; they submitted four proposals.    

I’d like to add, that with the direct support from the Investment Policy and Enterprise State Support  Department 24 Tyumen region’s companies made 286 contracts for supply of import-substituting products, 19.7 billion Rubles’ worth.

The fact, that the regional companies not only have the opportunities, but also the wish to cooperate with oil and gas industry companies, is very positive. They offer a new range of equipment, including import substituting one. There are a lot of plans, which need further development and implementation. 

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