Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Gazprom Neft seeks foreign partner for north Russia oil field
MOSCOW, December 9 (RIA Novosti) - Gazprom Neft may look for a foreign partner to develop the Prirazlomnoye oil field in northern Russia, a senior official at the oil arm of Russian energy giant Gazprom said on Tuesday. "We are considering seeking a foreign partner to start production at the field," said Boris Zilbermints, Gazprom Neft's deputy general director. Oil reserves at the offshore deposit in the Barents Sea are estimated at 46.4 million metric tons, with potential annual production estimated at 6 million metric tons (44.1 million bbl). He also said the company, Russia's fifth-largest crude producer, is interested in developing the South Azadegan oil field in Iran. "We have asked the Iranian government to consider both parts [north and south] of the field together," he said. He also said Gazprom Neft and U.S. oil major Chevron are discussing joint projects in Africa and Latin America. "We are working with Chevron to determine areas for joint operations," Zilbermints said. He said that Gazprom Neft had offered Chevron a role in West Siberian projects, while Chevron, in turn, offered fields in Western Africa and Latin America.