The company is managed by Hans van Lamoen, a man with several years of experiences from Russia, mostly in engagements with Shell. Company Board Director is Bengt Lie Hansen, former head of Statoil Russia and a man with extensive experiences from High North project, including the Shtokman project.
Meanwhile, Rosneft’s new Vice President for Offshore Projects Zeljko Runje is RN Nordic board member. Runje was hired by Rosneft in mid-October this year and comes from the post as Vice President of ExxonMobil Russia, a press release from Rosneft informs.
As previously reported, Rosneft is entering Norwegian waters in line with this year´s comprehensive cooperation agreement with Statoil. According to the deal, Statoil will get 33,3 percent stakes in Russian projects, among them the Perseevsky block in the Barents Sea, while Rosneft will get the same 33,3 percent stake in Norwegian offshore projects.
Commenting on the cooperation, Rosneft President Igor Sechin recently said that “the partnership between Rosneft and Statoil is an opportunity to give additional substance to the ambitions of both Norway and Russia to strengthen energy cooperation in the High North following last year’s ratification of the agreement on delimitation of the continental shelf and economic zones in the Barents Sea”, a press release reads.
As recently decided in a Rosneft Board of Director’s meeting, company subsidiary RN Nordic will get a $119.700 loan from its mother company to be downpaid over a ten-year period.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
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.