As with Sakhalin-1's Chayvo and Odoptu fields, development of the Arkutun-Dagi field will be carried out in phases; the first of which is planned to commence in the northernmost portion of the field in 2014.
The Arkutun-Dagi development will employ an offshore, ice-resistant fixed platform which is expected to become the largest oil and gas production platform in Russia. This gravity-based structure has been named Berkut - from the Russian for golden eagle.
The Berkut platform will become the first ExxonMobil operated platform with friction pendulum bearing isolators to make it more seismically stable. Its topsides will be among the largest in the industry, weighing about 28,000 tons.
The Arkutun-Dagi field development (along with Odoptu) will help maintain Sakhalin-1 production as the Chayvo field production naturally declines. First oil is expected to be produced there in 2014.