The jack-up rig is scheduled to be mobilized for operation in the far northern waters in May, the Romanian company Grup Servicii Petroliere S.A informs.
The operations are part of a two-year cooperation agreement signed with Gazprom Neft, the licenseholder at the Dolginskoye field in the Pechora Sea.
As previously reported, the drilling operations were originally to be conducted in 2013. However, the drilling was postponed and the rig chosen for the operation was shifted. The Romanian company originally intended to use the “GSP Jupiter” for the job, a press release reads.
The GPS Saturn was built by the Romanian Galati Yard in 1988, and later rebuilt in 2009. According to the company, it is “one of the most technologically advanced GSP’s MODUs”.
The Dolginskoye field is located 120 km south of the Novaya Zemlya and 110 north of the Nenets AO mainland. The field holds an estimated 200 million tons of oil equivalents. Another three previous exploration wells have been made at the structure, a press release from the Nenets AO administration reads.
Norwegian state-owned coal mining company Store Norske on the Svalbard archipelago is in a serious situation because of low prices on coal. The company is now in dialogue with the State, employees and the bank to secure further operations in 2015.
What was the Barents Region’s only east-west flight, from Arkhangelsk to Tromsø via Murmansk, lacks permission and is no longer flying. Nordavia, however, hopes to see the Pskovaia operated aircraft soon landing in Tromsø again.
This abandoned polar hydrometrological station at Cape Menshikova on Novaya Zemlya can be declared a culture heritage site as Arkhangelsk authorities urge Moscow to include Arctic objects in the state register.
Industrialists in Finland eye the opening of a major trade and transport route with a projected railway connection to the Norwegian Arctic coast. Former PM Paavo Lipponen has been hired to get the Norwegians onboard.
Photographer Cristian Barnett traveled around the Arctic Circle, capturing life at 66° 33′ 44″ N. The result is his new book and traveling exhibition, Life on the Line. BarentsObserver spoke with Barnett about his impressions of life on the Circle and the decisions he made to capture it.
The Sami Council, which is an umbrella organization for Sami organizations in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, has agreed that there is a need for Sami to be present in the EU capital of Brussels and plans to establish an office there.