The company Grup Servicii Petroliere (GSP) will start drilling in June and admits it has no former experiences with drilling operations in the Arctic.
“It is well known that the exploration of Arctic fields is more technically challenging than any other environment. So this project in the Pechora Sea comes as a recognition of our expertise in drilling operations and marks GSP`s debut in the Arctic offshore operations,” Gabriel Valentin Comanescu, President of GSP in a news-update posted on the company’s portal.
North-Dolginskoye oil field is located in the Pechora Sea, a part of the south-eastern Barents Sea, south of Novaya Zemlya and west of Gazprom Neft’s Prirazlomnoye field.
The rig to be used to drill well No. 3 at North-Dolginskoye field is “GSP Jupiter” - a jack-up rig currently in operation offshore Tunisia. Earlier, the 26 year old rig has drilled fields in the Bulgarian section of the Black Sea.
Gabriel Valentin Comanescu says the rig is upgraded in recent years, making it ready to face the challenges of the harsh weather conditions in the Arctic.
Gazprom Neft, a subsidiary of Gazprom, in 2010 took over the licenses to the Dolginskoye field, as well as the Prirazlomnoye field, from its mother company. Gazprom had got the licenses to both fields in 2005.
A step-by-step increase up to SEK 5,5 billion will be added to the annual defense budget following the Ukraine crisis. The cash will partly come by cutting spending on environment and nuclear safety cooperation with Russia.
The president warns against hostile action and terrorism in the Arctic and says regional oil installations must be protected. At the same time, he signs a law, empowering oil companies to establish their own armed forces.
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.
More than 900 reindeer die of hunger on the Russian Arctic island of Kolguyev following a critical lack of available local pasturelands. The reindeer stocks in the area are too badly managed, regional authorities admit.
Three days processing of visa-applications is history. “Always apply at least 15 days prior to scheduled departure. Our processing time is 10 days,” says Marit Egholm Jacobsen, head of the visa section at Norway’s Consulate General in Murmansk.
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.