In 2012 Gazprom will launch gas production from the Kirinskoye gas and condensate field on the Sakhalin shelf as part of the Sakhalin III project.
For the first time ever natural gas will be produced by a subsea production system in Russia.
By the moment, a gathering manifold to intake gas mixture from wells has been installed at the field and a 28 kilometer pipeline running to the coast has been placed. Construction of producing wells by the new semi-submersible drilling rigs - Polyarnaya Zvezda (Polar Star) and Severnoye Siyaniye (Northern Lights) will start this year. In the second half of 2012 two wells will be ready to produce gas, including the previously built exploratory well that will be switched to the production regime. In general, six wells will be built at the field before the end of 2014. This will bring the annual gas production level to 4.2 billion cubic meters starting from 2015.