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Lloyds List: Offshore wells a Russian first

Published: Jul 12, 2007

SHELL and Gazprom have begun drilling the first Russian offshore gas production wells, starting a new phase of the Sakhalin II project, writes Martyn Wingrove.

Their operating venture, Sakhalin Energy, has started drilling on the Lunskoye A platform off Sakhalin to keep a $22bn offshore and liquefied natural gas project on track for exports next year.

Environmental groups believe the noise pollution from offshore construction work, which included installing topsides on an oil production platform, has affected whales breeding off the semi-Arctic island.

They dispute claims from Gazprom and Shell that noise levels are within allowed parameters.

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