760 mn t conservative forecast for recoverable resources available with the current level of technology
18– 60 bn t of oil geological resources
The Bazhenov formation consists of a bed of rocks that is 30-80 m thick in Western Siberia at depths of 2,000-3,000 metres over an area of more than 1 million square km. Its oil resources are classified as non-conventional: oil is located in small, disjointed pores with rock permeability that is 99.9% less than that of traditional deposits.
A scientific consortium consisting of Moscow State University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, the Skolkovo Technical Centre, and Gazprom Neft as a production partner was established to study the Bazhenov formation. Gazprom Neft and its partners are setting up the Bazhen Technological Centre at the key test site – the Palyanovskaya area of the Krasnoleninskoye field in Yugra – as an open platform for the development of technologies. The project was granted national status in 2017.