Prirazlomnaya field in the eastern Barents Sea was supposed to be the first operating offshore oil production on Russia’s Arctic continental shelf when the platform was towed out from Murmansk in the autumn 2011. Today, one and a half year later, the workers are still challenging the technical problems and production is said to start earliest in September this year.
But there is no urgent need for offshore oil-production as Russia for the second year in a row takes the top position among global oil producers. Output of crude oil was 518 million tons last year, according to figures presented by the Ministry of Energy. That is an increase of 1,3 percent from 2011.
Saudi Arabia takes the second place on the list of the largest oil producers in the world.
Oil and gas production in Russia is of high importance for the economy accounting for 49 percent of the country’s budget revenues.
The Murmansk Economic Zone was presented as a miracle cure for regional development and as key facility for the Shtokman project. Today, five years on, regional authorities put their faith in the fish industry.
Renowned Norwegian actress Gørild Mauseth is in the leading role when actors and producers from the Gorky Dramatic Theatre in Vladivostok come to Harstad to present a unique version of Tolsoy’s classic play Anna Karenina.
Nuclear safety projects in the Murmansk region wouldn’t be the same without her contribution. Finnish European Parliament Member Heidi Hautala is today one of 89 Europeans barred from Russia in response to EU sanctions over Crimea and Ukraine.
Wistleblower Edward Snowden is winner of this year’s recognized Bjørnson Award, but Norwegian authorities are unlikely to guarantee his safe travel to the award ceremony. The former CIA employee should instead be handed over the award in Pechenga, the Russian borderlands to Norway, a Norwegian university lecturer suggests.