The Zaplavskoye exploration licence surrounds the Ignatovskoye, Molchanovskoye and Novo-Nikolaevskoye licenses and, following its extension in 2010, now comprises an area of 197.5sq.km and is valid until 2014.
Exploration well Z-04 was completed and tested in 2012. During a multi-choke test the well flowed gas and condensate and the well was tied back to the main Novo-Nikolaevskoye complex processing facility with a 9km flow line and placed on production.
Well Z-04 is located to the northwest of the Novo-Nikolaevskoye group of fields within the recently acquired 41.9 sq km extension of the existing Zaplavskoye exploration licence.
Condensate rich gas is being produced for the first time in the Novo-Nikolaevskoye area from this particular Visean reservoir layer.