According to the company, a tender on the construction of the huge plant will be held in January 2013. The plant will have a production capacity of 30 million ton per year, and will be built in the Orlovka Valley near Teriberka on the Kola Peninsula. All documents needed for the tender are ready and prepared, a press release from the company reads.
In addition, the Shtokman operator is reportedly also about to complete exploratory engineering works and comprehensive project documentation will in 2013 be submitted to Russian authorities for approval, the company informs.
As previously reported, the Shtokman Development AG recently underlined to BarentsObserver that the preparations for field development are going full steam. In a meeting with Murmansk Governor Marina Kovtun, in October this year, President Vladimir Putin stressed that the Shtokman project is coming “before 2017”.
After the exit from the Shtokman Development AG of Statoil this fall, and the subsequent postponement of the initiative, the project reached a state of deadlock.
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TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.