By 2015, Ukrainian offshore natural gas production should triple, acting first deputy head of the Chernomorneftegas board Oleh Hryn told a round table, ForUm correspondent reports.

According to him, thus production will grow from 1.056 billion m ³ in 2011 to 3 billion m ³. The oil production will increase to 151.8 thousand tons – from 8 tons in 2012, "For this it will be necessary to retrofit two existing fields and to put into operation seven new. In 2012-2015 we plan to drill 76 wells, construct and install 12 drilling rigs, lay 212 km of subsea pipelines. This is not an abstract plan – works are already underway," the top manager said.

He added that the plan is conditioned by several factors. "After all, Ukraine has the largest open gas reserves in the Black Sea, available to the Chernomorneftegaz in financial, technical and technological way. These reserves are located near existing infrastructure of pipelines and subsea technology platforms. Finally, our projects have the full support of the state," Hryn said.

He emphasized that the basis of success will be the development of the Odessa field, which has reserves of 21 billion m ³. "This is the largest field, discovered by us in the Black Sea. Last week we launched industrial gas, and now we are ready to start production. In 2012, there will be produced about 50 million m ³ of natural gas, next year - more than 600 million meters ³, and in 2014 - more than 1 billion m ³," the expert said.


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