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.
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.