Workers fit a drill at the supergiant gas field, Urengoi, which has, like many, passed its peak (photo: dpa)

Energy: Russia seeks new oil and gas fields as Western Siberia runs dry

Techniques used to extract resources fast and furiously from the oil and gas rich areas in Western Siberia have made quick, vast profits but left reserves difficult and expensive to recover. Now, with the major fields past their peak, the country is facing the daunting task of locating new finds, in colder, more remote and more geologically challenging conditions – and with foreign input. GIS expert Professor Stefan Hedlund explains in this special report.

A VAST, thinly populated expanse in Western Siberia has been fueling the Soviet Union and then Russia’s economy since the early 1970s with its huge reserves of natural resources.

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
New finds of onshore oil will be smaller, more scattered, under more complex geology, and located in colder and more remote places. Getting them on line will require not only substantial investment in infrastructure, but also genuine efforts to acquire foreign technology
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