The aluminium producer, the world’s biggest, is stepping up its efforts to save the Karelian plant from closure. The company is now ready to pay $48 million for the Ondskaya hydropower plant, a generating station located in the Republic of Karelia near the Nadvoitsky aluminium plant.
The Nadvoitsy plant employs about 800 people. It was built in 1954 and has an annual production capacity of 81,000 tons of aluminium.
Rusal now tries to convince Gazprom that it should sell the Ondskaya hydropower plant. However, the gas company appears reluctant. Gazprom owns the TGK-1, the company which runs a number of generating units in Murmansk, Karelia and Leningrad Oblast, including the Ondskaya station.
The issue is now on the table of President Putin. According to newspaper Vedomosti, Rusal representatives last week met with Presidential Andrey Belousov to discuss the issue.
Rusal is experiencing major challenges at its Russian production facilities as aluminium prices are dropping and power prices increase.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.