Russia’s first Arctic offshore platform “Prirazlomnaya” is now finally ready to start working. Drilling will start in October and the first well should be ready by the end of the year, Neftegaz reports.
The Prirazlomnoye field, which has about 72 million tons of oil resources, is located at 20 m depths about 60 km north of Varandey, the port terminal in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug.
Gazprom’s prestigious project has been postponed several times. “Prirazlomnaya” is a re-built platform that was retired after 18 years of North Sea drilling operations when the Russian oil-company Sevmorneftegaz bought it from Norway in 2002.
After reconstruction for Arctic conditions at yards in Severodvinsk and Murmansk the platform was transported to its designated place in the Pechora Sea in August 2011 and was supposed to start drilling in December the same year. It soon became clear that outfitting of the platform was far from being finished.
The project has so far cost some 100 billion rubles (app €2.29 billion) – costs of the platform amount to nearly 60 percent of this.
Russia’s largest shipping company Sovcomflot has built two 70.000 tons ice class tankers that will be put in shuttle traffic between the Prirazlomnoye oil field and the floating oil terminal“Belokamenka” in the Kola bay.
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.