The work agreements have been concluded and the oilmen will in July be ready for a unique drilling operation in the Russian remote Arctic waters. A special 3 weeks on - 6 weeks off rotating scheme has been elaborated for the workers adjusted to the location of the field. According to Offshore.no, the workers will be brought to and from the rig by boat from Murmansk, a distance of more than 2000 km.
The semi-submersible West Alpha is owned by Seadrill, the major offshore drilling company managed from Norway and controlled by business tycoon John Fredriksen. It was built in 1986 and has so far operated only in Norwegian waters. The drilling is by many considered highly controversial considering the harsh climate and the complex ice conditions in the area.
It is ExxonMobil which will be main responsible for the drilling operations. The company in 2011 struck a comprehensive Arctic cooperation agreement with Rosneft, according to which the the two companies will jointly map and develop the three East Prinovozemelsky License Blocks in the Kara Sea, an area covering 126,000 square kilometers.
This year’s drillhole will be made at the Akademichskoye, a prospective structure at the Prinovozemelsky-1 license.
As previously reported, Rosneft has picked the Vostco Yard for project design and concept development at the Prinovozemelsky projects. The Russian far eastern yard with experiences from the Sakhalin offshore projects, is expected to work closely together with Norwegian engineering major Kværner in the project.
The Faroese economy benefits greatly from its monopoly of the Russian salmon market. The islands’ biggest marine produce company, Bakkafrost, has seen its stock surge about 100 percent over the past year, including re-invested dividends.
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.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.
People participating in culture-, sport and Barents cooperation projects can from October apply for visa to Norway without paying a single ruble, says Marit Egholm Jacobsen with the Norwegian Consulate General in Murmansk.