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Optimization of susbsea pipeline route at cluster development of the Barents and Kara seas from Novay Zemlya

Authors: Yaroslav O. EFIMOV was born in 1989. He graduated from Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas with MS degree in “Offshore engineering”. Since 2011 he is a PhD student as the department of “Offshore oil and gas field development”. E-mail: trudyrgung@gubkin.ru
Anatoly B. ZOLOTUKHIN was born in 1946. He graduated from Gubkin Institute of Oil and gas, Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1977, PhD degree from Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas in 1972. Rectorat Counsellor, professor at oil and gas field development department, research director of Arctic oil and gas technologies Institute. Adjunct professor at University of Stavanger, Norway. From September 2014 — Chaired professor at Northern Arctic Federal University, Arkhangelsk. E-mail: trudyrgung@gubkin.ru
Ove T. GUDMESTAD born in 1947. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Tromsø in 1973 and a Ph.D. in Hydrodynamics from the University of Bergen in 1985. He spent two years as student and visiting scientist at Massachussetts (MIT) in Boston, USA. Professor at University of Stavanger, honorary professor at Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas. E-mail: trudyrgung@gubkin.ru
Konstantin A. KORNISHIN was born in 1988. He graduated from Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas with MS degree in “Offshore engineering”. Since 2011 he is a PhD student as the department of “Offshore oil and gas field development”. E-mail: trudyrgung@gubkin.ru

Abstract: The paper anticipates a new concept that proposes to use the Novay Zemlya archipelago as a cluster base for development of the whole region of the eastern Barents and western Kara seas. In this case the so called «unitization principle» can be implemented that might improve economics of field development due to less overall investments in common infrastructure. It is proposed to build an LNG plant on the archipelago that will be capable to treat gas from several fields, a pipeline system and a port for LNG takers. The pipeline system should be optimized in order to meet production levels from the fields as well as the capacity of the LNG plant. The paper introduces an approach to the problem of pipeline route optimization which is based on multi criteria principle. The total cost of construction and maintenance of the pipeline along a certain route is determined as a function of several parameters (water depth, presence of ice/icebergs, soil conditions, slope, etc.) and has to be minimized in this model. The problem of the optimum pipeline route is solved with the means of modified algorithms from the graph theory

Index UDK: 517.977.58

Keywords: Barents, Kara, shelf, Arctic, Novaya Zemlya, development, optimization, pipeline route

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