The Goliat field is the first oil field to be developed in the Barents Sea and the operator is Eni Norway in a partnership with Norway. The floating rig built on the Norwegian Sevan-design, is constructed at one of the world’s largest ship yards, Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea
Recently the housing area of the rig was lifted and attached to the main rig. This is the largest single module which will be rigged in this project. The five stories high housing module weighs 1 100 ton and the world’s largest cranes were used to perform the lift. The 5000 square meter module, consists of 120 single rooms and it is constructed on Norwegian standards to withstand the harsh arctic conditions. For the housing area alone, the ship yard has used over 650 000 working hours.
The Goliat rig will have a diameter of 100 meter and fills the entire dry dock of the gigantic ship yard. They even had to blast away some of the dry dock to be able to move the rig into the sea. The assembly of the rig modules was started a year ago and the rig is now overshadowing everything else at the ship yard.
See the time lapse video of the housing module lift below.
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.