Russia’s state-owned Gazprom said it has made its fourth natural gas discovery in the last two years on the shelf of the Yamal Peninsula in the Kara Sea.

An exploratory well reached a flow rate of about 600,000 cubic meters/d (21.2 million cubic feet/d), which “proves that the new deposit contains substantial amounts of gas,” Gazprom management said last week. 

The latest discovery could improve the outlook for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports and provide additional supplies to the Russian domestic market. The 16.5 million metric ton/year Yamal LNG export project now uses resources in the South Tambey field in the peninsula. South Tambey’s proven and probable reserves are estimated at 32.7 Tcf.

The newly discovered reserves are in the Leningradskoye field off the western coast of the peninsula. Management said it would recalculate the reserves in the Leningradskoye gas and condensate field and present the findings to the State Reserves Commission. Leningradskoye currently has estimated recoverable gas reserves of 67.1 Tcf.

The peninsula in the Arctic Circle has 32 fields with combined gas reserves of 935.8 Tcf, 1.6 billion tons of gas condensate and 300 million tons of oil. Production averaged 9.3 Bcf/d in 2019 and is projected to eventually reach 34.8 Bcf/d, according to Gazprom.

Gazprom in 2019 discovered the Dinkov and Nyarmeyskoye fields on the shelf of the Yamal. The Dinkov has estimated recoverable reserves of 13.8 Tcf, while the Nyarmeyskoye has estimated recoverable reserves of 4.3 Tcf. Earlier this year it also discovered the 75 Years of Victory field on the shelf, with estimated recoverable reserves of 7.1 Tcf.