Kirill Molodtsov: “The end goal isn’t oil production volume, but technologies”
“We expect to extract roughly 80 million tonnes of hard-to-recover reserves by 2035. The volume of hard-to-recover reserves extracted over the last 3 years has increased annually by 9% on average”, Molodtsov said.
Molodtsov stressed that in the current situation “the end goal isn’t oil production volume, but technologies”. “Horizontal drilling in Western Siberia is has increased by about 30% compared with 2015. We are actively using technologies associated with the development of hard-to-recover reserves. Technologies are being developed by all concerned companies, both vertically integrated companies and purely mining companies”, Molodtsov said.
The Market Council has proposed altering the approach to the development of renewable energy in Russia. The regulator believes that the mechanisms offered by the state industrial policy would be more effective than the existing support system via the energy market in which the burden is placed on the consumer.
The Ministry of Energy of Russia has drafted a phased approach to replacing electricity meters with new generation devices. “Smart” electricity meters will convey energy consumption data directly to the electric grid company, thereby obviating the need to take monthly meter readings.