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            ​Naftogaz​ continues to actively develop new oil and gas areas licensed by the government in previous years. In one of these licensed areas in Poltava region, the company has discovered a new prospective field named Zhemchuzhne.
Exploration works in difficult geological conditions deeper than 6000 m preceded the discovery of the field. Based on exploration results, the company drilled a wildcat well that proved gas deposits and provided almost 100 tcm of daily output.
The proven reserves of the Zhemchuzhne field amount to 200 mcm of gas, while prospective reserves exceed 2 bcm. The area of the new field is 213 sq. km and comprises five gas-bearing horizons.
“Studying the geology of new areas and discovering new fields is Naftogaz’s top priority. This is the only way to increase our resource base and stabilize gas production in Ukraine. Naftogaz is actively exploring all new prospective areas in its portfolio. This has been proven by the recent discovery of the Zhemchuzhne field, which was made in extremely difficult conditions. However, the available areas in the company’s portfolio are not enough for a dramatic change. We need to explore much larger territories, both onshore and offshore, which have significant resource potential and remain undeveloped. This needs to change. Naftogaz, with its vast experience and expertise in dealing with new complex assets, is ready to deliver within the shortest possible time,” Naftogaz Exploration and Production division head Oleksandr Romaniuk commented.
The new 6150 meter-deep well was drilled by Ukrburgaz, the drilling unit of Naftogaz Group. This was the first test of the unit’s new Bentec drilling rig.
To obtain more data on the geological structure of the Zhemchuzhne field and to identify optimal spots for drilling new wells, the company plans 3D seismic research.
As reported earlier, the Ukrainian government recently empowered Naftogaz to explore the Ukrainian part of the Black Sea shelf. Naftogaz plans to start offshore exploration in 2021 if license procedures are completed quickly.
  9.2.2 ​Automotive corporate news
   Passenger traffic through Lviv Airport dropped by 60% y/y in 2020, to 878,000 passengers​, Tetyana Romanovska, the airport director, tells Avianews. By promoting Lviv as an air cargo hub, the state-owned airport managed to turn a small profit and to keep all its staff, she said. By comparison, Lviv handled 2.2mn passengers in 2019, making it Ukraine’s third busiest airport, after Kyiv Boryspil and Kyiv Sikorsky.
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