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17 Feb 2020

Belorusneft about to begin new project with Indian ONGC

Belorusneft about to begin new project with Indian ONGC
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GOMEL, 17 February (BelTA) – The Belarusian industrial group Belorusneft has signed a contract with the Indian state company Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Belorusneft’s press service told BelTA.

The project will be one of the biggest foreign projects for the Belarusian oil engineering industry for the last few years. As part of the contract Belorusneft will provide services to India’s largest state-run oil and natural gas corporation such as services to increase oil recovery. The Belarusian company won a tender held to choose the recipe of surface-active agents designed to increase reservoir recovery. Specialists of Belorusneft’s oil industry research institute BelNIPIneft will carry out the research. Their attention will be focused on six mature fields located in various parts of India.

According to specialists, these areas have high water content. The key task of the project is to increase the development of the remaining resources using tertiary methods or flooding with surface-active agents, Belorusneft representatives specified.

The Indian contract will be implemented in two stages. A pilot design project will be worked out. Laboratory tests will be performed to select effective compounds for specific sites. Pilot tests will be arranged later on to introduce the best agents at the fields.

A series of screening tests and filtration tests on drill samples will be performed in conditions resembling the natural environment. Lab results will be used to build computer hydrodynamic models to evaluate the effectiveness of reagents in advance and optimize their injection. The necessary equipment will have to be chosen.

When a Belarusian delegation visited India, the sides determined technical and organizational aspects of the work. BelNIPIneft will have nine months to provide engineering services.

ONGC accounts for 71% of crude oil extraction and 81% of natural gas extraction in India. The company satisfies about 30% of the country’s demand for crude oil. The corporation participates in surveying and consequent development of hydrocarbon deposits in 26 sedimentary basins in India.

Previously the Belarusian company provided comprehensive engineering and consulting services to Oil India Limited in order to rehabilitate mature fields Digboi and Chabua.

The Belarusian industrial group Belorusneft was founded in 1966. The company specializes in exploration, prospecting, and development of oil fields, well drilling, extraction of oil and associated petroleum gas. Belorusneft also offers oil industry services in other countries.

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