On May 17, 1964, the trial operation of the Ust-Balykskoye field began. The oil was supplied to three huge tanks. The progenitor of the industrial oil of this field was well No. 80, drilled on the very shore. The first successes were inspiring. The oil province of Siberia predicted production of 250-300 million tons of oil by 1980.
The first oil was shipped by barges, since the fields were a thousand kilometers away from the nearest oil refinery in Omsk.
On May 26, 1964, the steamship "Captain" and the oil tanker No. 1 approached the field. Many people remembered the moment of shipment of the first oil for a lifetime. It was the day of the coming of age of Nefteyugansk.
By the end of May 1964, the first barges with oil from the Shaimsky, Megionsky and Ust-Balyksky fields were sent to the Omsk oil Refinery.
The first batch of Ugra oil arrived at the Omsk Oil Refinery on June 5, 1964. Western Siberia has entered a new stage of its development. It turned out that printing the underground storerooms was still half the battle. It was necessary to switch from the trial operation of the deposits as early as possible to the industrial one.