The Russian state generosity for Rosneft and Gazprom seems to have no limits, at least not on the Arctic shelf. The Federal Mineral Agency (Rosnedra) now approves Rosneft’s application for another 12 offshore licenses in the area, RBC Daily reports. In addition, as recently reported by BarentsObserver, Rosneft last month got another two licenses.
At the same time, Rosnedra last week informed that it had received an application from Gazprom for license rights to another 17 new blocks in the Barents Sea and the Kara Sea, an agency press release informs.
IInstead of opening the shelf for private companies, as originally proposed by the Ministry of Natural Resources, it is likely to continue the current regime only with minor adjustments. According to today’s legislation, only state-controlled companies with at least five years of offshore experiences are allowed to operate Arctic shelf projects.
With the many new field licenses granted to Rosneft and Gazprom, the number of prospective offshore waters left are rapidly shrinking, leaving limited opportunities for private companies like Lukoil to take on shelf engagements. “There will simply be no prospective areas left”, an analyst told newspaper Kommersant.
The 12 new Arctic licenses of Rosneft have total resources estimated to 29 billion oil equivalents and are located in widely different parts of the Russian Arctic, including the Pechora Sea, Kara Sea, East-Siberian Sea, Chukchi Sea and Laptev Sea. The new licenses bring the company’s total number of offshore Arctic fields to 28 and the total resources to about 190 billion tons of oil equivalents. Arctic offshore resources now account for up to 90 percent of the company’s perspective reserves, RBC.ru reports.
Also for Gazprom, the additional 17 licenses will further boost the weight of offshore fields in the company’s reserves portefolio. From before, Gazprom has offshore reserves estimated to about 5,3 trillion cubic meters of gas, as well as 73,9 million tons of gas condensate and 47,4 million tons of oil (2010).
Of Gazprom’s 17 new license applications, five are to fields in the Barents Sea (the Demidovskoye, Medvezhee, Ludlovskoye, Ledovoye and Fersmanovskoye fields) and 12 in the Kara Sea (the Yuzhno-Obskoye, Sharapovskoye, Skuratovskoye, Severo-Kharasaveyskoye, Rusanovskoye, Obruchevskoye, Nyarmeyskoye, Leningradskoye, Zapadno-Sharapovskoye, Amderminskoye, Nevskoye and Morskoye fields)
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.