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Sakhalin Energy Became a Winner of the Priority-2019 Award for Achievements in Import Substitution

On 29 November, in the Great Hall of the RF Public Chamber in Moscow, the awards ceremony for the winners of the national Priority-2019 National Award in the field of import substitution has taken place. The company was declared the winner in the Priority—Fuel and Energy Sector nomination of the Oil and Gas Industry category. The award was presented by Gennady Shmal, President of the Union of Oil & Gas Producers of Russia.

One of the key areas of technological development for Sakhalin Energy is the creation of favourable conditions to maximise the Russian content in the Sakhalin-2 project. In this regard, the processes of harmonisation of standards, localisation of production and development of suppliers are of special interest.

A project on import substitution of drilling waste disposal services, implemented jointly with the Russian company AKROS, was submitted to the competition.

In order to ensure safe and long-term disposal of industrial waste, the company has successfully implemented the technology for drilling cuttings injection. Cuttings slurry injection is performed at a pressure exceeding the hydraulic fracturing pressure into a pre-selected reservoir identified in the course of relevant geological and engineering and geophysical studies.

The technology eliminates the risk of negative environmental impact. This is an economically and environmentally optimal solution for onshore and offshore drilling projects that require zero discharge of all produced waste and the absence of any long-term obligations.

Sakhalin Energy is the first Russian company to apply this technology in offshore drilling where environmental safety of production is of the highest priority. Until 2019, only foreign companies provided this type of service within the project.

AKROS became the first Russian company to start performing drilling cuttings injection on the Russian shelf using the most efficient and safe technologies along with a flexible pricing policy. Additionally, AKROS is actively involved in staff training. Multidisciplinary training helps employees expand their skills and maintain and increase labour efficiency.

Cooperation with the Russian company AKROS has also helped significantly increase the level of Russian content in the Sakhalin-2 project, as well as significantly reduce the company’s expenses related to the execution of these works.

2 December 2019

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