Joint Stock Company SEVMORNEFTEGEOFIZIKA (SMNG) traces its history from 1 January, 1979 when by the order of Mingasprom of USSR Murmansk Marine Geologic-Geophysical Oil and Gas Expedition was formed to provide geological/geophysical exploration for oil and gas across the Arctic Seas of the former Soviet Union, at present it is a joint stock company SEVMORNEFTEGEOFIZIKA (SMNG). The company has been changed according to present-day requirements and acquired a high level of marine geophysical operations performance which ensures reliability, quality and efficiency of the surveys over the different water areas of the World Ocean.
Since its formation, SEVMORNEFTEGEOFIZIKA acquires the most volume of geophysical explorations across Russian Arctic. By the results of these operations about 400 prospects were identified, 40 prospects were prepared for deep exploratory drilling. Honoring the seismic data acquired by SMNG and the results of marine exploratory drilling within the West-Arctic shelf of Russia (Barents, Pechora and Kara Seas including the Ob and Taz Bays water areas) 19 oil, gas and gas-condensate fields have been discovered.
SMNG operates not only within the Russian shelf but offshore the World Ocean through the requests of both Russian and foreign companies.
For 37 years SMNG has acquired about 600,000 line km of 2D data and 10,991 sq. km of 3D data only in the Russian Arctic Seas and over 1,000,000 km of 2D and 35,000 sq. km of 3D surveys worldwide.
New advanced seismic data acquisition system SEAL 428 and digital solid seismic streamers "Sentinel SEAL 24 bit digital" were installed on M/V Geo Arctic and on M/V Akademik Lazarev.
SMNG passed the audit performed by Italian oil company ENI. From the results of the audit JSC SMNG was placed into the official list of ENI vendors.
2D marine research vessels successfully operate worldwide. SMNG acquired 64,846 line km of 2D data and 3,863 sq. km of 3D. The acquisitions were performed under contracts executed with both Russian and foreign clients. M/V Akademik Nemchinov acquired 2D survey in the Barents Sea. She operated in the Kara Sea for the MNR of the RF. M/V Akademik Lazarev operated in the Barents and Kara Seas.
M/V Akademik Shatskiy operated on the shelf of Columbia; from May she operated in the North and Greenland Seas. Geo Arctic operated in Sierra Leone, then in the Chukchi Sea near Alaska. M/V Professor Rjabinkin operated for the MNR of the RF in the Laptev Sea.
M/V Vyacheslav Tikhonov in the beginning of the year completed to work for Naftogaz of the Ukraine, and then she acquired a survey for ONGC in Indian economic zone.
Interpretation Department prepared 8 reports on the interpretation and analysis of geological and geophysical data acquired in the certain areas of the Barents Sea shelf, on the northern part of the Kara Sea, the Baydaratskaya Bay of the Kara Sea. The reports were performed under the contracts executed with Russian and foreign clients.
M/V Akademik Nemchinov continued to operate in the Caspian Sea. In May the vessel began to work in the Turkmenian territorial waters. M/V Akademik Lazarev operated in the Norwegian, Kara and Barents Seas. M/V Akademik Shatsky worked in different parts of the World Ocean.
Geo Arctic operated in Chukchi, East Siberian Seas and conducted a unique survey in ice economic zone of the USA (Alaska).
M/V Professor Rjabinkin completed to operate for RN-Shelf in the Black Sea and acquired 2D survey in the Ob Bay.
M/V Vyacheslav Tikhonov completed to operate for Rosneft in the Black Sea; successfully shot 2 surveys in the Black Sea for Naftogaz of the Ukraine.
SMNG successfully passed the audit performed by BP. From the results of the audit JSC SMNG was placed into the official list of BP vendors.
Computer center and Interpretation Department continued to process and interpret geophysical data. The reports were compiled for Russian and western companies. Specialists of SMNG re-interpreted 2D data acquired in the Kara Sea.
SMNG obtained software package of Landmark – Decision Space Desktop (DSD) for seismic data interpretation.
M/V Akademik Nemchinov acquired 3D survey in the Black Sea; from December she began to work in the Caspian Sea. M/V Akademik Lazarev and Akademik Shatsky all the field season operated in the Barents Sea.
SMNG obtained 2D vessel Geo Arctic. From August to October the vessel shot in the Laptev Sea 7,730 line km.
M/V Professor Rjabinkin operated in the Black Sea, also as a source-vessel for SMNG-Center in the Kara Sea, conducted gravity measurements in the Black Sea.
From September 2011 according to the time-charter contract with JSC Sovcomflot, SMNG operated marine research vessel Vyacheslav Tikhonov which began to acquire the data in the Black Sea for RN-Shelf.
M/V Professor Polshkov, the oldest vessel of SMNG, was decommissioned.
The auditors of Russian Register, the Association of certification, performed re-certification of QMS of the company in terms of the compliance to the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 and accepted it satisfactory.
Under the contracts with Russian companies, 10 reports on interpretation of 2D and 3D seismic data acquired in the Arctic Seas and also in the Sea of Okhotsk (the shelf of Kamchatka and Sakhalin) were compiled by Interpretation Department.
M/V Akademik Nemchinov acquired 3D survey in the Black Sea. M/V Akademik Lazarev shot 2D survey in the North Sea. M/V Akademik Shatsky acquired two 2D surveys – in the Norwegian Sea and in the Black Sea. M/V Professor Polshkov from April to May continued to operate on the shelf of Vietnam and then acquired 2D survey in the Sea of Okhotsk.
M/V Professor Rjabinkin operated in the Black and Caspian Seas. Iskatel-5 operated in Burma, from May to August – in the Sea of Okhotsk.
Interpretation Department prepared 7 geological-geophysical reports on the areas located in the Arctic Seas (the Barents, Kara, East Siberian Seas, Taz Bay), continental shelf of Vietnam, Turkmenian part of the Caspian Sea. The surveys were conducted under the contracts with Russian companies.
M/V Akademik Nemchinov acquired a large volume of 3D data in the Sea of Okhotsk for LLC Gazflot. M/V Akademik Lazarev operated in the Barents Sea under the contract with MGC, when she performed operations for the MNR of the RF. M/V Professor Polshkov shot in the economic zone of Vietnam a large volume of 2D data for Vietgazprom. M/V Iskatel-5 was used for engineer works by the same company.
M/V Professor Rjabinkin operated for CGG in the Caspian Sea.
The reports from the results of 2D seismic surveys within the continental shelf of Vietnam and 3D seismic surveys within the Bao Trang structure of the continental shelf of Vietnam were successfully presented for Joint Operating Company Vietgazprom. The report on the regional study of the North-Kara basin was prepared for the MNR of the RF.
The reports on reprocessing and re-interpretation of CDP reflection surveys acquired in the Pechora and Kara seas, over the shelf of Cuba Republic were compiled under the contracts with Russian companies.
M/V Akademik Nemchinov acquired the large volumes of 3D data in the Black Sea for JSC Rosneft and Naftogaz of the Ukraine.
Akademik Lazarev during winter-summer season operated for Fugro-Geoteam and in autumn under the government contract in Arctic.
M/V Professor Polshkov has undergone the dock repair for 5-year class of the Register. The vessel was heavily modernized; navigation complex Spectra, G-Gun air guns and Seal seismic complex were installed.
The report on the results of 2D seismic surveys acquired in the eastern part of the Prinovozemelsky shelf was successfully presented in the Ministry of Natural Resources. The conducted works enabled to add new predicted resources.
A gas field was discovered by LLC Gazflot in the Taz Bay, in the water area of the Aderpayutinskaya structure. Drilling results of three wells have confirmed that wavefield anomalies of the Cenomanian sediments were confined to gas saturated intervals of the subsurface.
JSC SMNG has obtained Certificate of Compliance of QMS ISO 9001:2000 for marine geophysical operations.
M/V Akademik Lazarev continued to operate under the contract with TGS-Nopec during winter and summer season and starting from the beginning of August the vessel operated in the Kara Sea under the government contract for the MNR.
M/V Akademik Nemchinov acquired 2D data in Barbados and shot two 3D surveys in the North and Black Seas.
M/V Professor Polshkov operated in the south-west Asia, over the shelf of Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand.
M/V Akademik Shatsky operated in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Barents Sea.
Catamaran Iskatel-5 acquired more than 1,000 line km in the Barents Sea for Russian companies after two years of non-operation due to the absence of the equipment.
Processing and interpretation of 3D seismic data were performed within the blocks Urumako I and Urumako II in the Gulf of Venezuela and the Dolginskaya structure.
M/V Professor Polshkov acquired more than 19,000 line km of 2D data over the shelf of Vietnam.
M/V Akademik Nemchinov shot 900 sq.km of 3D data over the shelf of Venezuela and 1,450 sq.km in the Pechora Sea within the Dolginskaya area with the new Seal recording system by Sercel.
M/V Akademik Shatsky operated abroad under the contracts with Fugro; M/V Akademik Lazarev – under the contracts with TGS-Nopec.
M/V Professor Rjabinkin operated as a source-vessel under the contract with Western-Geco.
IBM eServer Clusters 1350 were installed on the computer center which enabled to increase a computational capability and to process large volumes of 2D and 3D data.
M/V Akademik Nemchinov acquired significant volume of 3D seismic surveys over Vietnam shelf in the Bac Bo Bay and in the Bay of Bengal, India. Processing and interpretation were performed from the results of these operations.
The operations in Arctic became more active. M/V Akademik Lazarev and Professor Polshkov from August to November acquired the data in the Barents and Kara Seas under the contracts with the MNR, Sintezneftegaz and Severneftegaz.
M/V Akademik Lazarev during 6 months shot 22,000 line km within the shelf of Libya.
M/V Professor Polshkov from January to May acquired a large volume of 2D data for JSC Rosneft in the Black Sea and Naftogaz of the Ukraine.
Interpretation Department under the contracts with Russian companies prepared 13 reports on 2D and 3D seismic data interpretation.
Marine research vessels of SMNG were in successful operation generally on the western market under the contracts of oil companies.
Processing and interpretation of 3D seismic data acquired within the Shtokman field were completed. The results of joint interpretation of the seismic and well data enabled to add new reserves significantly.
The results of the seismic operations conducted in the Taz Bay over the Chugoryakhinskaya area enabled with the use of the very first well drilled by LLC Gazflot to discover the Chugoryakhinskoye gas field.
1,700 sq. km of 3D seismic survey were acquired over the Shtokman area under the contract with JSC Sevmorneftegaz; 3D seismic exploration was conducted in the Medynskaya area under the contract with JSC Arktikshelfneftegaz and a considerable volume of 2D surveys was also shot over the World Ocean.
New generation processing system SGI Origin-2000 was installed on the computer center.
From the results of the seismic exploration works conducted by SMNG, LLC Gazflot has drilled the well within the Obskaya structure in the Ob Bay which resulted in the discovery of a gas field.
At the end of the year FSUE Sevmorneftegeofizika was transformed into JSC Sevmorneftegeofizika.
The significant results of the seismic exploration works conducted in the Ob Bay under the contract with LLC Gazflot resulted in the discovery of the North-Kamennomysskoye and Kamennomysskoye gas fields. Five prospects perspectives of which were associated with the organogenetic build-ups have been prepared for the deep exploratory drilling within Kola Monocline in the Barents Sea.
Record-breaking volume of geophysical operations was acquired – 76,600 line km of the seismic lines from which only 6,200 line km were acquired in the Barents Sea and the main volume of operations was acquired over the World Ocean under the contracts with the western companies.
The South-Dolginskoye oil field was discovered in the Pechora Sea.
In December 1999 our company was certified by International Safety Management Code and has received the Certificate of conformance.
M/V Iskatel-3 was re-equipped, upgraded and equipped with up-to-date 2D navigation and geophysical complex. The vessel has conducted shallow water seismic acquisition over the shelf of Cuba Republic.
54,000 line km were acquired over the World Ocean under the contracts with the western companies. 3D operations were conducted in the transition zone within the Varandey area.
Trust Sevmorneftegeofizika of PA Soyuzmorgeo was transformed into a Federal State Unitary Enterprise Sevmorneftegeofizika of the Ministry of Fuel and Energy of the RF.
M/V Akademik Nemchinov was fundamentally upgraded and re-equipped for 3D surveys and conducted 3D operations within the Varandey field.
The Medyn-more oil field was discovered.
SUN ENTERPRISE-4000 system with 4 processors was brought into operation which enabled to conduct 3D survey within the Varandey-more area (320 sq.km, 107 mln traces) within 14 weeks.
By the order of the Ministry of Property Relations of the RF and Ministry of Fuel and Energy of the RF, Trust Yuzhmorneftegeofizika located in Gelendzhik city was integrated into FSUE SMNG and SMNG-South affiliate was established.
For the first time in Russia marine seismic 3D surveys were conducted within the Prirazlomnoye field by M/V Akademik Shatsky.
M/V Akademik Shatsky was re-equipped, upgraded and equipped with up-to-date 2D navigation and geophysical complex. The vessel operated her first field season in the North Sea under the contract.
The Varandey-more oil field was discovered.
A volume of geological exploration in the Arctic Seas steadily decreased. Starting from 1993 and for the following five years Rosshelf was practically the single customer of the seismic acquisition and thematic operations over the shelf of the Pechora Sea and the Shtokmanovskoye field.
SMNG invested heavily into the modernization of its fleet. In 1994-1995 M/V Professor Polshkov was re-equipped, upgraded and equipped with up-to-date 2D navigation and geophysical complex and from May 1995 she began to operate on the world market.
The large volume of geophysical studies was being conducted under the contracts with the western companies worldwide.
Tree IBM RS-370 systems and one RS-590 were installed on the computer center. LANDMARK software was purchased for interpretation of 2D and 3D seismic data. The specialists of radio-navigation department developed and generated RGP-2D integral navigation complex.
In 1995 a group of the specialists become the laureates of the state prize of the RF for rationale and discovery of the large raw materials source of oil and gas industry over the West Arctic shelf. Konstantin Dolgunov, General Director of SMNG, was among the awardees.
IBM-4341computer system was installed in the computer center building entered into the service. Two IBM-4381 computer systems were installed a little bit later which enabled to expand significantly the seismic processing sequence and desist from the use of off-market ЕS-1055 and PS-2000 systems.
M/V Akademik Shatsky was re-equipped, upgraded and equipped with the up-to-date 2D and 3D navigation and geophysical complex in Kiel shipyard (Germany) in cooperation with Geco-Prakla (Schlumberger).
Since 1990 any financial support from the government was stopped in terms of construction and repair of the vessels, procurement of the equipment, geophysical systems, spares. Also job security and employment of the vessels were ceased on the part of the government. Two first vessels of SMNG completed their field season in the North Sea under the direct contracts with the western companies. In 1990-1991 SMNG independently has purchased the receiver-indicators of the NAVSTAR global satellite system and installed them onboard of all SMNG vessels. Also two-frequency long-range Sercel differential station was purchased and installed within the northern cap of the Kolguev Island. Since that SMNG had no problems with the vessels positioning over the water area of the Barents and Kara Seas. Positioning accuracy was ±5m.
This year was characterized by the largest volume of the geophysical operations conducted in the Arctic Seas. More than 45,000 line km of the seismic lines were acquired. At that the accent was a little tilted towards the increase of the prospecting and detailed works. The first regional geophysical studies were conducted in the Laptev Sea. The Prirazlomnoye oil field was discovered in the Pechora Sea; the Ludlovskoye gas field was discovered in the Barents Sea and the Leningradskoye gas/condensate field was discovered in the Kara Sea.
M/V Professor Rjabinkin, shallow water vessel built in Finland and Iskatel-5, shallow water catamaran were obtained.
Trust Sevmorneftegazgeofizrazvedka was transformed into Trust Sevmorneftegeofizika of PA Soyuzmorgeo, the Ministry of Oil Industry of the USSR.
The unique gas/condensate Stokmanovskoye field was discovered in the Barents Sea which gave a powerful impulse to investigate the potential of the Jurassic complex of sediments within the adjacent areas. The scope of the geophysical works was continuing to increase.
Along with the surveys conducted in the Barents Sea, broad-scale studies were being started in the Kara Sea. The Rusanovskoye gas/condensate field, unique in terms of its reserves, was discovered in the Kara Sea.
SMNG fleet has obtained two vessels built in Poland – M/V Akademik Shatskiy and Iskatel-2 (shallow water catamaran). The North-Gulyaevskoye oil, gas and condensate field was discovered in the Pechora Sea.
MMGGNE Expedition was transformed into Trust Sevmorneftegazgeofizrazvedka of PA Soyuzmorgeo, Mingasprom of the USSR. Konstantin Dolgunov was appointed as a director of the Trust.
The detailed survey was conducted within the Shtokmanovskoye high. Regional surveys were being continued in the Barents and Pechora Seas. According to the results of the surveys performed by Trust Sevmorneftegazgeofizrazvedka, AMNGR has discovered the Pomorskoye gas/condensate field in the Pechora Sea.
Two new vessels built in Finland – M/V Akademik Golytsin and Professor Polshkov - were obtained. The regional surveys were being continued especially in the central part of the Barents Sea and, in parallel, the structures were prepared for prospecting and exploratory drilling.
AMNGR has drilled the wells and two gas deposits - the Murmanskoye and Severo-Kildinskoye - were discovered in the Barents Sea within the structures prepared by MMGGNE for deep prospecting and exploratory drilling.
Peter Snetko was appointed as a director of the Expedition.
As a result of the conducted surveys a number of large prospects such as the Shtokmanovskaya, Ledovaya, Admiralteyskaya, Pakhtusovskaya etc. were revealed in the Barents Sea. At the end of 1982 the first specialized marine research vessel Chaivo built in Khabarovsk has come into existence.
The first director of the Expedition was Andrey Astafiev, then Anatoly Krasnoschek.
Form the very beginning a rather large regional surveys were acquired using unequipped leased vessels such as Akademik Obruchev and Stereguschiy in the total absence of the specialized vessels designed for seismic acquisitions. A number of prospects – the Oktyabrskaya, Varyazhskaya, Kurchatovskaya etc. including the largest one, the Tsentralnaya prospect with the area of 2,680 km2, were revealed within the region adjacent to the Kola Peninsula (“the Grey Zone”).