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Blocks offered in Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Area

The Subsoil Management Agency of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Area announced an auction to be held on 14 May 2009. Under this auction, six hydrocarbon blocks (Vostochno-Varyngskiy, Vostochno-Gribnoy, Sabunskiy 40, Severo-Tyumenskiy 1, Sote-Yuganskiy, and Shukhtungortskiy) are offered for 25 years of exploration and production. The deadline to submit applications and submit a deposit is 8 April 2009. Application fees are set at USD3,252 for Vostochno-Varyngskiy, Vostochno-Gribnoy, Severo-Tyumenskiy 1, Shukhtungortskiy blocks and USD1,626 for Sabunskiy 40, Sote-Yuganskiy blocks.


Map: The blocks offered in Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Area (red shading). Source: PetroView®

All blocks lie within the WestSiberianBasin. The total acreage offered is 329 square kilometres in the Vostochno-Varyngskiy block, 80 square kilometres in the Vostochno-Gribnoy block, 256 square kilometres in the Sabunskiy 40 block, 10 square kilometres in the Severo-Tyumenskiy 1 block, 140 square kilometres in Sote-Yuganskiy block, 279 square kilometres in the Shukhtungortskiy block.

The Vostochno-Varyngskiy block is located 260 kilometres to the north-east of Nizhnevartovsk. The nearest oil pipeline is 15 kilometres away. The block is located in the Bakhilovskiy oil and gas bearing region. Probable hydrocarbon reserves are forecast at 5 million tons for D1 reserves and 2.4 million tons for D2, as of 2002. The Malovaryngskaya 1 prospect was prepared for drilling with recoverable probable oil reserves forecasted at 0.38 million tons for C3 reserves, as of 2008. One exploration well was drilled and 314 kilometres of seismic were shot within the block area.

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Map: The Vostochno-Varyngskiy block in Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Area (red shading). Source: PetroView®

The Vostochno-Gribnoy block is located 160 kilometres to the north-east of Surgut. Pipeline infrastructure is situated close to the block, which lies within the Surgutskiy oil and gas bearing region. The block contains part of the Gribnoye oil field. Within the Vostochno-Gribnoy block, oil proved C1 reserves totaled 0.448 million tons, as of 2008. Two exploration wells and two appraisal wells, with a total length of 11,883 metres, were drilled on the block.

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Map: The Vostochno-Gribnoy block in Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Area (red shading). Source: PetroView®

The Sabunskiy 40 block is located 225 kilometres to the east of Nizhnevartovsk. The nearest trunk oil pipeline is 60 kilometres away. The block is within the Pyl-Karaminskiy oil and gas bearing region. The block is said to contain probable D1 reserves of 0.3 million tons of oil and D2 reserves of 2.3 million tons, as of 2002. Deep drilling has not been conducted on the block, but 81 kilometres of seismic were shot there.

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Map: The Sabunskiy 40 block in Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Area (red shading). Source: PetroView®

The Severo-Tyumenskiy 1 block is located 110 kilometres to the north-east of Nizhnevartovsk. The nearest oil pipeline is 15 kilometres from the block. The block is located in the Vareganskiy oil and gas bearing region. Probable oil reserves are forecast at 0.35 million tons for D1 reserves and 0.1 million tons for D2, as of 2002. Deep drilling has not been conducted on the block, but 21 kilometres of seismic were shot there.


Map: The Severo-Tyumenskiy 1 in Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Area (red shading). Source: PetroView®

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The Sote-Yuganskiy block is located 40 kilometres to the north-west of Nyagan. The trunk oil and gas pipelines are situated close to the area of the block, which lies in the Serginskiy oil and gas bearing region. The Sote-Yuganskoye gas field is located within the block and has proved gas C1 total reserves of 3.4 bcm and C2 total reserves of 0.32 bcm, as of 1966. 10 wells, with a total length 22,600 metres, were drilled and 170 kilometres seismic was shot within the Sote-Yuganskiy block.

The Shukhtungortskiy block is located 75 kilometres to the north-west of Nyagan. The trunk gas pipeline goes through the block area. The nearest trunk oil pipeline is 80 kilometres to the east. The block is within the Berezovskiy oil and gas bearing region. The Shukhtungortskoye oil field is situated within the block and has proved gas C1 total reserves 3.56 bcm and gas C2 total reserves of 0.87 bcm, as of 1966. 13 wells, with a total length of 23,237 metres, were drilled and 234 kilometres seismic was shot within the Shukhtungortskiy block.


Map: The Sote-Yuganskiy and Shukhtungortskiy blocks offered in Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Area (red shading). Source: PetroView®

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Subsoil Areas of Federal Significance in Russia

On 5 March 2009 the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation (www.mnr.gov.ru) published the list of subsoil areas of federal significance. The list contains 986 subsoil areas including 163 oil and gas subsoil areas. The document has been prepared by The Federal Subsoil Resources Management Agency and endorsed by all interested federal authorities.

On 2 April 2008, the amendments to the Federal Law “On Subsoil” were passed by Russian Parliament. The amendments define criteria for subsoil areas of federal significance and state limitations for foreign companies. Only companies which are at least 50% owned by the Government can take part in the auctions where subsoil areas of federal significance are offered. Those areas containing recoverable oil reserves starting from 70 million tons or natural gas reserves starting from 50 billion cubic metres, pertain to subsoil areas of federal importance. Also of federal significance are those areas of internal sea waters, territorial sea and the continental shelf of the Russian Federation and those whose disposal involves the use of land plots pertaining to defence and security lands.

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