Russia is a major oil and gas producer and has a vast resource potential. Statoil has been present in Russia for 28 years and we have developed close relationships with Russian energy companies and communities. 

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How to find us in Russia

Exploring frontiers together

Having a long term view on our activities in Russia, Statoil has partnered with strong Russian energy companies to explore energy opportunities both offshore and onshore. 

We believe we are uniquely suited to this task thanks to our Norwegian heritage and experience in developing complex projects in harsh environments in a safe and responsible manner.

Furthermore, in Russia, as in other countries, we are committed to creating lasting values for communities in regions where we operate.

To ensure local recruitment and use of local suppliers, we contribute to the development of higher education and vocational training. We also support social investment programmes in Russia. 

Operations in Russia

Photo of the Kharyaga field in Russia
The Kharyaga field in Russia

Developing our strategic partnership with Rosneft

In 2012 Statoil entered into a strategic cooperation with Rosneft which is the basis for our operations in Russia going forward. This cooperation covers several joint projects, i.e. the North Komsomolskoye pilot project for viscous oil development in West Siberia, pilot project for development of Domanik limestone formation in the Samara region and offshore exploration. 

In order to successfully advance our business interests in Russia we remain focused on ensuring compliance with applicable trade controls and continue to seek relevant government approvals where necessary. 

Photo of a man working with the pulley on the mobile rig which has frozen solid and must be thawed with steam, in the Kharyaga field in Russia
Just a normal day at work. The pulley on the mobile rig has frozen solid and must be thawed with steam. Snow covers the Kharyaga field for eight months of the year.

Statoil is also a partner in the Kharyaga oil field development

The Kharyaga field was discovered in 1970. It is part of Timan-Pechora basin located in the Nenets Autonomous District 60 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.

Severe climatic conditions, including icy winds raging at close to -50°C and permafrost of up to 500 meters thick, as well as a complex carbonate reservoir, make production from Kharyaga challenging. However, the field turned out to be a success story.  Statoil farmed into the project in 1996. The Kharyaga licence, where Statoil is a partner, covers two out of six geological layers in the whole Kharyaga field. Under current agreements, the field will produce until 2031, with a possible extension beyond that.  

The Kharyaga PSA licence has been further developed with production peaking at over 35,000 barrels per day, corresponding to Statoil equity production peaking at 10,500 barrels per day.

Statoil owns 30%, Zarubezhneft 40% (operator), Total 20%, and Nenets Oil Company (NOC) 10%.

Supporting local communities

As with our other projects around the world, our focus in Russia is to deliver profitable projects with minimal environmental impact and in a socially responsible business.

With extensive knowledge of the local context, thorough risk assessments and close partner alignment, we implement social investment projects in Russia. We contribute to socio-economic development of the regions where we operate and strengthen local capacity.