The Research Council of Norway’s petroleum programme PETROMAKS 2 has granted NOK 66 million (app €9 million) to nine different projects within four areas: Energy efficient and environmentally sustainable technologies; exploration and increased production; cost effective drilling and intervention; future technologies for production, processing and transport.
Several of the projects that have been given financial support are directly aimed at problems connected to oil and gas production in the Arctic. Icing on offshore installations is a well-known and potentially dangerous phenomenon in the Arctic. Haugaland Kunnskapspark has received a grant to develop a new type of coating (paint) which can prevent droplet formation and icing by using superhydrophobic nanotechnology.
Nortek AS wants to develop radar systems for detection, monitoring and characterization of ice, waves and ocean currents for use in the High North. The system could also be used for detecting oil on water.
“The petroleum sector is increasing its presence in the High North. Therefore it is important to develop technologies that maintain safety and minimize the risk of spills under the specific conditions encountered in the north”, says Ingrid Anne Munz, special adviser at The Research Council of Norway in a press release.
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.