According to the company, a total of four wells were drilled and 3000 square km of 3D seismic mapping was conducted in the years 2011-2012 resulting in an increase in offshore reserves with more than 200 million tons of oil equivalents.
The exploration was conducted in the waters surrounding the Yamal Peninsula, the Tazov Bay, as well as in the west Kamchatka and Sakhalin parts of the Okhotsk Sea, a press release informs.
In 2013, the company plans to drill another two wells in Sakhalin waters and finally, after years of delay, start production at the Prirazlomnoye field in the Pechora Sea.
As previously reported, the Prirazlomnaya platform has been lying idle in the Pechora Sea since August 2011, when it, obviously prematurely, was tugged from a yard in Murmansk
Discussing offshore activities in a board meeting last week, the company leadership also reiterated its intention to work for the development of the Shtokman field in the Barents Sea, as well as to prepare the ground for production at the Severo-Kamennomysskoye and Kamennomyskoye fields in the Tazov and Ob Bays. At the same time, the company is applying for an additional 20 offshore licenses, several of which are located in waters desired also by Rosneft.
On 3 May, PM Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree which grants Gazprom four of the requested new licenses — to the Demidovsky, Medvezhii, Fersmanovsky and Ledovoye structures in the Barents Sea
As previously reported by BarentsObserver, Gazprom is under increasing pressure from both Rosneft and Novatek, both of which want a piece of the gas monopoly’s lucrative market. Rosneft President Igor Sechin is actively squeezing Gazprom in Arctic waters and is on his way to secure control over the most resource-rich parts of the Russian shelf. According to Sechin, his company already holds Arctic offshore gas reserves of up to 21 trillion cubic meters. Together with Novatek, Sechin is also openly challenging Gazprom’s gas export monopoly
The Russian Arctic shelf is beleived to hold more than 100 billion tons of oil equivalents, of which 80 percent is likely to be gas.
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.