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Itar-Tass: Shell to set up hi-tech systems at Russia's oil, gas fields





THE HAGUE, May 11 (Itar-Tass) – The Shell Company plans to be the first in Russia to set up high-technology systems at oil and gas fields.


Paul Ching, Vice-President of the Shell, told journalists on Thursday that by 2009 such systems would be set up at the Salym Fields in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area and, possibly, under the Sakhalin-2 project, in which the Shell is the main shareholder.


Mr. Ching said the Company plans to set up 12 such systems within the next three years. They will make it possible substantially to boost the production of hydrocarbon fuel and extract it simultaneously from several strata, not just from one, as is primarily the case now. Besides, all the processes at oil and gas fields will be remote-controlled.


Such systems, which oilmen refer to as “smart wells”, are also contemplated for oil and gas fields in the Americas, in Europe, as well as in Nigeria, and Brunei. However, specific projects have not been determined so far, Mr. Ching added.


The Vice-President of the Shell also shared the Company's plans to use aerospace technologies in the energy sector, the use of special materials to make gas trunkline pipes, in particular.


Mr. Ching said such products would be 50 percent cheaper and far more durable and lighter in weight than the conventional ones. Such pipes will make it possible to considerably facilitate the development of gasfields, for there would emerge the possibility to build gas pipelines running straight to the sales markets.


The Company expects to launch a test project at the end of 2006. If everything goes off well, the Company hopes to introduce the technology to commercial production in 2009-2012, the Vice-President of the Shell pointed out.

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