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ONGC, Rosneft sign first-stage agreement for Vankorneft JV

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ONGC Videsh Ltd and Rosneft signed an agreement of confirmation of successful completion of the first stage pre-completion actions in relation to the creation of a joint venture in JSC Vankorneft.

Vankorneft, Rosneft subsidiary, was established in 2004 for development of Vankor oil and gas condensate field – the largest of the fields, discovered and put into operation in Russia in the last 25 years. The field is situated in the Turukhansky district of Krasnoyarsk Territory, 142 km away from the city of Igarka. The initial recoverable reserves of the Vankor field by the January 1st 2015 are estimated at 476 mln tons of oil and condensate and 173 bln cubic meters of gas.

In 2014 Vankor produced 22 mln tons of oil which exceeds the results of 2013 by more than 3%. The daily output is more than 60, 000 tons.

Thanks to implemented technological solutions, oil recovery factor at Vankor is one of the highest in Russia.

“The field is drilled with the inclined- and production and injection wells with horizontal ending which provides high well flow rates. The process of oil production is fully automated,” ONGC said.

New financial details were not disclosed.

The document was signed in continuation of the agreement of sale and purchase of a 15% share in Vankorneft and the shareholders agreement in regard of the enterprise management. The first set of documents were signed in September, 2015.

“The parties intend to complete the transaction upon obtaining necessary regulatory and other approvals,” ONGC Videsh said.

Rosneft and ONGC Videsh also signed a Memorandum of understanding for cooperation for geologic survey, exploration and production of hydrocarbons onshore and on the continental shelf of the Russian Federation.

The document, signed in continuation of the Memorandum of understanding for cooperation in exploration, appraisal and hydrocarbon production on the continental shelf of the Russian Federation, confirms the intention of parties to continue cooperation in the named areas and expands the sphere of the potential partnership to include Russian onshore hydrocarbon development projects.

“Particularly the companies will analyze the possibility of expanding their partnership aimed at the development of perspective Rosneft projects in East Siberia,” the Indian company said.

Commenting on the signed documents Mr. Dinesh K Sarraf, Chairman and Managing Director, ONGC said: “We are happy for the ongoing cooperation between ONGC Videsh and Rosneft and successful completion of the first stage pre-completion actions in relation to the creation of a joint venture in JSC Vankornest. This takes the cooperation between the two companies to a whole new level and lay strong foundation for enlarging the energy cooperation between two nations.”

ONGC Videsh partnership with Rosneft started in 2001 when the former acquired 20% stake in the Sakhalin-I oil and gas project in the Russian Federation.

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