Company history. Milestones.
The idea that Belarus may have mineral reserves, including oil, was grounded in 1933, by Alexander Rozin, mining engineer and geologist. Significant contribution to the exploration of hydrocarbons in the Rechitsa county was made by geologist Mikhail Gromyko. Water scientist, Academy of Sciences of the Byelorussian SSR Gerasim Bogomolov suggested presence of domed structures in the southern part of the Republic, which provided a basis to explore these areas for oil.
In August and October, first Belarusian oil was produced. Drilling crews headed by foremen V. Zaitsev and V. Galko drilled 2 wells – R-8 and R-6. Their daily production rates were around 1000 and 4000 bbl respectively. The new field was named Rechitskoye.
In April, the Rechitsa oil field (later – Rechitsaneft Oil and Gas Production Department ) was put into production. Pyotr Masherov, the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Soviet Union, and leaders of the USSR oil industry took part in its start-up. Ostashkovichi field, one of the largest within Pripyat Trough, was discovered.
On February 25, the USSR Oil Industry Minister V. Shashin signed an order which officially established Republican Oil and Gas Production Association Belorusneft.
Accumulated oil production reached 7 MM bbl (1 MM ton), while associated gas production amounted to 2 MM cubic meters.
By the order of the USSR Ministry of Oil, Belorusneft Production Association started construction and development of fields in the Kaliningrad region of the RSFSR. Experts of the enterprise worked in the region from 1973 to 1977.
Maximum annual production rate of 56 MM bbl was first achieved since Belarusian oil fields started producing.
Belarusian Gas Processing Plant commenced its operation and produced its first 11 thousand tons of liquefied gas.
At the end of the year crewsheaded by Eugene Dorosh and Nicholai Matsiguda spudded the first Belarusian wells in Western Siberia. Until mid-1993, Belarusian oil experts participated in development of Russian oil fields. In these years, more than 13.5 thousand meters of rock were drilled. A wellstock was prepared which is now capable of an annual yield of at least 140 MM bbl of oil.
In this year the slowdown in oil production, which began in 1976, was finally stabilized at the rate of around 14 MM bbl. The slowdown was caused by unreasonable recovery of hydrocarbons out of prospective reserves.
About 200 Belorusneft employees took part in Chernobyl catastrophe post-accident clean-up.
On February 1, a subdivision of Belorusneft - State Research and Design Institute of Oil and Gas Industry (BelNIPIneft) was established on the basis of Ukrainian Branch Institute UkrGIPRONIIneft. Its main task is providing the oil industry of Belarus with scientific and technical products and engineering.
In December, first Belorusneft filling station was put into operation in Rechitza.
It was the year when the 1-st billion barrels of oil was produced from Belarusian fields. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attended the event.
Several regional oil production companies entered the Belorusneft association as its subsidiaries. A state-owned petroleum product sales structure was established, comprising 375 petrol and gas filling stations, 44 oil depots, and dedicated car park.
By commencing its own thermal power plant running on associated gas Belorusneft established its own power distribution network and introduced a new type of production – power generation.
On September 14 Republican Production Association Belorusneft was established. The company comprised oil production and service subdivisions, republican subsidiary companies for petroleum product sales. It consists of Belorusneft (oil & gas production block), national subsidiaries for supply of oil products, and Belorusneft-Osobino agro-industrial enterprise.
A contract on sidetracking in the oil fields of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug was signed in Moscow in April. This event started a new stage of cooperation between Russian and Belarusian oil industry experts which was discontinued in 1995.
In July, a Russian branch of Belorusneft was established in Gubkinskiy city in YNAO. The main areas of its activities include major and minor repairs of wells, drilling, grouting and derrick work.
In February, drilling crew headed by foreman N. Ovsyannikov’s from Svetlogorsk Drilling Department drilled 1000-th Belarusian well.
In May, Belorusneft-Svisloch GAZ Branch Office commissioned a gas-filling station, which became the first step towards implementation of the project on own production liquefied gas export.
In June, Belorusneft registered a subsidiary in Ukraine (in 2012 it joined BNK Ukraine, LLC), and in October - in Poland (in 2011 it was reorganized and in Belarusian Oil Company CJSC entered the Board of Founders on a parity basis). The main objective of these structures is small-scale wholesale and retail trade of oil products and liquefied gas made in Belarus.
Since June 1, Belarusian oilfield services in Russia have been represented by Belorusneft-Siberia, LLC which evolved from Belorusneft Branch Office in Western Siberia. The company’s customers include Rosneft-Purneftegaz, LLC, Branch Office of Gazprom-Noyabrskneftegaz, OJSC and Novatek-Takrkosaleneftegaz, LLC.
In September, the first automated rig of carrying capacity of 1500 hp co-produced by the Italian company Drillmec S.p.A and the Belarusian company Seismoteknika was installed at the site of Rechitskoye field.
In October, Belorusneft and joint-stock company Zarubezhneft entered into a strategic partnership agreement. The aim of this agreement is joint innovation activities in the field of development of hard reserves and increase of oil recovery.
Belorusneft experts carried hydraulic fracturing operation in Russia for the first time in the oil field of Volgogradneftegaz (OAO Lukoil). They used their own set of equipment manufactured in Belarus for this operation.
In December, a Belorusneft branch was established in Ecuador. Its main focus is seismic exploration.
A Belorusneft subsidiary company Service Oil was established in December. Its goal is to expand export of oilfield services including workover, hydraulic fracturing, drilling and seismic surveys.
Three millionth ton of oil was produced from sidetracks in January. The introduction of sidetracking in Belarus started with adopting the program of suspended well stock recovery in 1998. Over 128 thousand meters of rocks and over 230 sidetracks were drilled during its implementation.
In February, Belorusneft associated gas historical production reached 14 billion cubic meters. All of it is delivered to the Belarusian gas-processing plan for further manufacture of market products.
In June, Belorusneft-Siberia LLC started cooperation with Severneft-Urengoi of EuroKhim in workover and sidetracking.
Belorusneft entered a large-scale seismic survey project abroad for the first time. A three-party agreement between state oil producing companies Petroamazonas (Ecuador), Belorusneft, ENAP (Chile) on the establishment of an alliance to jointly explore oil Block 28, located in the south-east of Ecuador, was signed in Ecuador in July.
In September, Belorusneft acquired its first oil asset in Russia. Belorusneft-Siberia – Belorusneft subsidiary purchased Russian oil and gas company Yangpur. As of the date of transaction, the total amount of recovered reserves and resources of the company was over 40 MM. tons, and the annual oil and gas condensate production was about 140 thousand tons.
Belorusneft filling stations chain won two consumer acceptance awards: 'Brand of the Year' and 'People's Choice Brand'.
In June, a new oil deposit was discovered by Belorusneft experts in Khoiniki district of Gomel region. In the process of further exploration and development of a well in Zapadno-Kalininskoye field, a free flow of dry crude oil was obtained at a depth of more than 4 thousand meters. The initial production rate was nearly 30 tons per day.
On July 15, the practical stage of the interstate Russian-Belarusian project "Visha-Termogaz" was launched on Vishanskoye oilfield – a field trial of thermal-gas stimulation technology was conducted in the Polesie region ofBelarus. This project was the first joint work experience of state-owned Russian and Belarusian companies - Zarubezhneft and Belorusneft.
Belorusneft won the annual prize awarded by a well-known international oil and gas journal 'The Oil & Gas Year' in the 'Best seismic project of 2014' category for its exploration projects in the eastern oil basin of Ecuador.
In September, for the first time in history of Belarusian oil industry, the commercial production of tight oil began from the horizontal well No.310 of Rechitskoye field, which had been previously considered as showing no prospects for exploration.
On April the.29 oil and gas production department Rechitsaneft celebrated its 50th anniversary of its foundation.
In April the Belorusneft established its branch office in Argentina. It will be engaged in seismic exploration.
In May, Belorusneft launched a large-scale innovative project to develop tourist attractions of Belarus - Belarus N.
Drilling of the deepest well in Belarus – the 1-st Predrechitskaya – was finished in June. Its actual depth was 6755 meter.
In July, Belorusneft opened a new core processing research and storage center. In this facility we will process and investigate about 650 meters of core per year. The total storage capacity of core material is 50 thousand meter.
In late October, Belorusneft produced the 130-millionth ton of oil since the beginning of oil production in Belarus.
In November, the Belarusian gas processing plant began the production of individual fractions of hydrocarbons: propane, butane, pentane, isopentane and isobutene.
At the end of 2015 Belorusneft network of fuel filling stations won in the nominations "People's Brand" and "Choice of the Year."
55 years have passed since the discovery of commercial oil reserves in Belarus. During this period, Belarusian oil fields produced over 136 million tons of black gold. The largest of them is Rechitsa oil field. More than 400 wells have been drilled here. Over 55 years, 85 deposits have been discovered in Belarus, of which 61 are still producing.
The historical annual maximum of over 170 thousand meters drilled in Belarus has been achieved. The record for daily drilling rate by one crew was also broken. It amounted to 501 m per day.
Belorusneft-Siberia drillers have drilled 1 million meters of rock since 2007 when the company was established. Belarusians in the North reached the million meters mark of rock drilled a sidetrack at the Beregovoye field.
The Belorussian gas processing plant produced 410 thousand tons of liquefied gas. This is the maximum in the entire history of the enterprise.
Belorusneft’s own generating facilities generated over 400 million kWh of electricity. Of these, approximately 70 million kWh of green electricity is the maximum since 2014.
Yangpur oil company won the bidding round for the South Tydeotta license area. Employees of the Belorusneft’s northern asset will be engaged in exploration, development and production of petroleum there. The plot covers an area of more than 490 square kilometers. In the Belarusian period of history of Yangpur, such an acquisition is the first. This is a completely new asset.
A modern biathlon complex “Sozh” was opened in Gomel. It became a gift for the 60th anniversary of the Belarusian biathlon. Belorusneft has been cooperating with the Belarusian Biathlon Federation since 2006. For 3 years - from the very beginning of the Federation Cup competitions - it has been the general partner of these sports.
Solnechnyi Bereg health resort has become the best in the tourism industry of the Gomel region. Marat Kazey children's recreation camp was named the best camp in the country.