The production focus has shifted from the easy-to-access, shallow, gas-bearing deposits in the Cenomanian and Valanginian of the Urengoyskoye Field to the deeper, tight, gas-condensate formations in the Achimov. Several different operators have started to develop the Achimov formation with different development strategies on over eleven license blocks; however, with the common objective to maximize liquid and gas production from their license. Based on a couple of pilot projects with extensive testing, a unified development plan over the entire Achimov formation had been devised before the development start-up to guarantee hydro-carbon recovery and guide the operators through the development. Due to the enormous challenges encountered in the Achimov formation such as high pressure, low formation quality and deviated well stability challenges, the initial unified development plan foresaw the drilling of simple production pattern with a large amount of vertical wells. However, since the instigation of the unified strategy, the technology has advanced to overcome most of the challenges encountered in the Achimov formation with the potential of improving the sub-optimal, original development plan.
This paper discusses the general challenges of the Achimov development from well construction, production operations to reservoir management encountered by the various operators and attempts to define integrated solutions chains to overcome those. The operational and financial impact of the various technologies of the solution chains is defined and a possible roadmap for field development is devised. Several different operators have started to develop the Achimov formation with different development strategies on over eleven license blocks.