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Akita/Yamagata Oil and Gas Fields

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JAPEX has been producing crude oil and natural gas at three oil and gas fields in Akita Prefecture and one in Yamagata Prefecture.

Akita Prefecture is also considered one of the areas with potential for shale oil (tight oil) development and production. To date, we have conducted shale oil (tight oil) development and production verification tests in and around some of oil and gas fields in Akita Prefecture.

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Map of Akita and Yamagata Area

Sarukawa Oil Field

  • In Production: Oil

Basic Information

  • Name (Location): Sarukawa Oil Field (Oga City, Akita Prefecture)
  • Year of discovery and production: Discovered in 1958, in production from 1959
    • In 2014, we conducted Japan's first tight oil development verification test using multi-stage fracturing in a horizontal well at the Fukumezawa oil field in the Sarukawa Oil Fields. The oil field is still, intermittently, producing oil.

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Oil storage tank of Sarukawa Oil Field

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Ayukawa Oil and Gas Field

  • In production: Oil and natural gas

Basic Information

  • Name (Location): Ayukawa Oil Field (Yurihonjo City, Akita Prefecture)
  • Year of discovery and production: Discovered in 1989, in production from 1995
    • Succeeded in producing tight oil (shale oil) for the first time in Japan during an acid treatment verification test at an existing well in 2012. The oil and gas field is still/intermittently producing oil.

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Well pad of Ayukawa Oil and Gas Field

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Yurihara Oil and Gas Field

  • In production: Oil and natural gas

Basic Information

  • Name (Location): Yurihara Oil and Gas Field (Yurihonjo City, Akita Prefecture)
  • Year of Discovery and Production: Discovered in 1976, in production from 1984

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Production facility of Yurihara Oil and Gas Field

Amarume Oil Field

  • In production: Oil

Basic Information

  • Name (Location): Amarume Oil Field (Shonai Town, Yamagata Prefecture)
  • Year of Discovery and Production: Discovered and in production from 1960

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Well pad of Amarume Oil Field

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