“Our negotiations with Gazprom have not been productive”, Novatek leader Leonid Mikhelson said this week about his company’s attempt to reach a deal with the gas monopoly over the Yamal LNG plant, newspaper Vedomost reports. As previously reported, the two companies last year announced their intention to cooperate about LNG production in Yamal and the nearby Gydan Peninsula. Now, the negotiations appeared to be in deadlock.
The standstill in corporate relations in Yamal is symptomatic to current state of affairs between the companies. Novatek, the second biggest gas producer in Russia, and Rosneft, now the world’s biggest oil producer, increasingly appear to be cooperating about bringing Gazprom down from its privileged position as monopoly company in both exports and infrastructure.
As previously reported, Novatek and Rosneft both want to export LNG from Arctic fields, thus breaking Gazprom’s export monopoly. In addition, the companies are now also working for the gradual breakup of the gas monopoly in several parts, among them a gas transport unit and a gas producing part, Kommersant reports.
Talking at his company’s annual assembly this week, Novatek leader Mikhelson said that the cooperation with Rosneft is of key strategic importance for the company, Vedomosti reports.
Rosneft is increasingly looking at ways to develop its huge gas reserves concentrated first of all in Arctic waters. As previously reported, Rosneft leader Igor Sechin believes his company on the shelf alone has reserves as big as more than 20 trillion cubic meters. Already by year 2020, the company plans to produce 100 billion cubic meters per year, which will give it about 20 percent of the Russian gas market.
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.