As previously reported, the state-owned oil major is likely to win the government’s approval for the acquisition of another 12 licenses in Arctic waters. The new federal shelf development programme discussed by cabinet ministers and the petroluem industry this week will give Rosneft and Gazprom continued preferences on the shelf. Non-state companies, meanwhile, will get license rights only in fields not wanted by the two monopoly companies.
However, both Rosneft and Gazprom will have to commit themselves to stepping up mapping and exploration.
Rosneft in a letter submitted to the government just hours before this week’s meeting says it will increase 2D seismic works to 0,35 lineal km per 1 square km of water in the license areas.
The stepped-up exploration is an absolute demand from the Ministry of Natural Resources. In Tuesday’s meeting, Minister Sergei Donskoy said that the level of knowledge about the Russian Arctic shelf is ”extremely low” because of the insufficient level of seismic works conducted.
The level of seismic mapping has long been a point of controversy in relations between Rosneft and the Ministry of Natural Resources. While the former faces major capacity challenges following its many new Arctic licenses, the latter is under pressure to meet ambitious shelf production objectives included in federal programs.
According to Kommersant, Rosneft says it will meet the time schedule for its operations in the Kara Sea. The first exploration drilling for the Prinovozemelye fields, areas included in the comprehensive cooperation agreement with ExxonMobil, is set for 2014. The first drilling will take place at the Universitetskoye field, a field which alone will ”open a new oil and gas province in the Arctic”, Rosneft President Igor Sechin said.
As part of its cooperation with Rosneft, ExxonMobil in summer 2012 started seismic mapping of the huge waters of the Kara Sea.
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.