The article discusses approaches to developing the Russkoe gas and oil field and results of pilot operations. The field is unique in terms of both hydrocarbon reserves and problems associated with its development. It is located above the Polar Circle and is characterized with a complex geological structure of highly permeable poorly cemented reservoirs saturated with high- viscosity oil (250-300 mPa*s). Significant factors making field development difficult include presence of tectonic faults, extensive gas cap, and underlying water. Field development was started with pilot operations whose results lay the foundation for the full field development strategy. The article describes technological solutions used and development scenarios considered.

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