Oil and Gas Platform Molikpaq: 20 Years of Successful Work After Production of the First Oil

Oil and gas platform Molikpaq is celebrating the milestone: twenty years ago the first offshore oil production in Sakhalin began at the Astokh Area of the Piltun-Astokhskoye field. This has laid the foundation for offshore oil and gas developments in Russia and was a milestone in the development of the oil and gas industry in Sakhalin and Russia.

Offshore Asset Manager Marat Rezyapov (Oil and Gas Production Operator on Molikpaq in 1999) remembers: - “The Offshore Installation Manager allowed to launch the first well. After some time, a long-awaited sound of a burnt up flare stack was heard, which meant a start of the well development”.

On 5th July, 1999 a launching ceremony took place on the platform. Sakhalin Governor Igor Farkhutdinov and Deputy Minister of the RF Fuel and Energy Ministry Valery Garipov, other Russian Party and the company’s Shareholders representatives participated in the event.

The Molikpaq was the core element of the Vityaz Production Complex during Sakhalin-2 Phase 1. The Complex comprised the Okha floating storage, offloading vessel (FSO) and a single anchor leg mooring (SALM) which was a connecting link between all elements of the Complex. Due to severe climatic conditions of the Sea of Okhotsk, the platform was producing oil for about six months a year, in the ice-free season only.   

The Prigorodnoye Marine Superintendent Viatcheslav Kivaev (Master of the Okha FSO in 1999) recalls his first meeting with the Okha: - “It was a custom-built vessel designed to carry out a difficult task of being on the oil field near the platform receiving oil from the platform through the SALM and offloading it to the export oil tankers”.

The Molikpaq has been operated as part of the Sakhalin-2 year-round oil production chain since 2008.

The cumulative oil production since the start of the project development is 38 million tonnes (as at the end of 2018). The platform's average daily production is 6.50 thousand tonnes (47.88 thousand bbl) of oil and 0.78 million cubic metres of associated gas.

The Molikpaq keeps changing: modifications and upgrades of equipment and systems are held on a regular basis. In 2018, a unique operation on the Molikpaq was successfully completed: for the first time ever in the Russian oil and gas industry a stationary crane replacement was carried out on an operating offshore platform with the help of a temporary construction crane.

The production progress of the platform is accompanied by an outstanding HSE performance. In 2018 the Molikpaq ranked first in the annual Shell HSE performance rating.

It should be noted that the Molikpaq was the first Russia’s platform to introduce the approach of “zero” (minimum) gas flaring and sewage discharge in the marine environment.



5 July 2019