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    Victor A. Schmidt, Drilling Engineering Editor

    Sakhalin update. One of, if not the largest, oil development projects in the world is moving into full production. Offshore Sakhalin Island holds an estimated 20 billion bbl of oil and 137 Tcf (45 billion boe) of gas, making it a major oil and gas province. Sakhalin Island is off Russia’s eastern coastline, north of Hokkaido Island (Japan). The Pacific side was first leased in the early 1990s. Exxon Neftegas Ltd and Sakhalin Energy won Sakhalin-I and Sakhalin-II, respectively. Sakhalin Energy is a consortium of Royal Dutch Shell (operator, 55%), Mitsui (25%) and Mitsubishi (20%) and was the first to produce oil. Using a modified Canadian arctic rig – the Molikpaq – the Piltun Astokhskoye discovery became the first Sakhalin field to produce oil. Shell expects to spend around $20 billion to fully develop it and the Lunskoye discovery. This figure also includes the construction of LNG trains and related facilities.

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