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.
The company is closing down its biggest mine in the Kola Peninsula following plummeting raw material prices. Consequences will be dramatic for Zapolyarny, the industrial town located along the border to Norway.
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.
“This sends a clear message to Russia that things aren’t so good when it comes to basic journalistic values in Norway either” The firing of BarentsObserver’s Editor Thomas Nilsen has led to massive reactions from journalists and other protectors of press freedom.