Russian Experience

As well as having a Russian Petroleum Engineer on staff, Blackwatch personnel have a considerable amount of experience working in Russia and the Former Soviet Union.  In country this range of experience covers data gathering (including supervision of coring, logging, and well testing operations using both Russian and western equipment), production operations, drilling and workover operations, negotiating with Russian counterparts, audits of company operations, and reviewing production facilities.

From our offices in the UK, we have conducted numerous evaluations of fields in Russia and the Former Soviet Union for operating companies, banks, financial institutions and stock market placements. 

The following are examples of some of the projects conducted by Blackwatch in Russia.

Testing and Data Acquisition Programme - Exxon

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Provided geological, reservoir and petroleum engineering expertise for Exxon CIS Ventures in the Timan Pechora Basin, Northern Russia. Supervised continuous coring through a 400 m thick reservoir section using Russian coring equipment, providing geological description of the core, preservation and labelling/packaging for transportation. Supervised and conducted QC of the open hole logging program, including comparison between traditional Russian 

logging techniques and a new Russian-Western joint venture company providing western style logging tools. Supervised open hole DST operations using Russian test tools and a western memory gauge.  Conducted wellsite interpretation of pressure transient data from the tests. All work was carried out with Russian drilling equipment, personnel and logistical support.

Oil Field Evaluation  - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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Conducted an independent evaluation of the Shungutskoye Oil Field in Samara Region, Russia. The purpose of the study was to determine the range in recoverable reserves, evaluate well productivity, investigate the use of introducing selected western technology and secondary recovery options, determine future costs and perform project economics. We looked at past well performance to assess formation damage and proposed remedial work.

Alternatives such as horizontal wells were evaluated, as well as re-perforation and stimulation options. Throughout the study emphasis was placed on how carefully targeted western technology could be brought to the project to optimise its value. Based on our conclusions we identified a future work program, generated associated production profiles and reviewed cost data. From this we then ran project economics.