Gazprom Neft to drill first prospecting and appraisal well in Ayashsky block

2/21/2017

ST PETERSBURG -- Gazpromneft-Sakhalin, a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, has signed a contract with Hakuryu 5, Inc. (a 100%-owned subsidiary of Japan Drilling Co., Ltd., Japan) regarding the leasing of a drilling rig for construction of a prospecting and appraisal well at the Ayashsky licence block, located on the continental shelf of the Sea of Okhotsk. The semisubmersible floating rig is expected to complete all drilling during the 2017 summer season, as well as allowing well testing and core sampling for laboratory testing. Exploratory and appraisal drilling has not, hitherto, been undertaken at the Ayashsky block.

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