The buyers of the oil have been found and the first tanker will pick up the historical shipload in the course of the month, company leader Aleksandr Dyukov told journlists this week.
The load will be the first ever oil from a Russian Arctic offshore field. As previously reported by BarentsObserver, Gazprom Neft started production at the field in late December 2013.
The Prirazlomnoye oil is slightly more heavy than the normal Urals, and a discount will be given to buyers, the company informs.
According to Dyukov, thanks to support from the government, the project will be profitable with an oil price of $80 per barrel. “A new methodology has been adopted, according to which the state subsidies will be increased in case of a drop in oil prices”, the company leader says, Oilru.com reports.
The Prirazlomnaya project has been a highly costly and long-dragged endeavor for the owners. After a long period of construction at the Sevmash yard, the platform was in August 2011 towed to the Pechora Sea. However, it took almost another 2,5 years before the installation could start production.
The whole project has reportedly costed 90 billlion rubles. When in full production, the platform will produce a total of six million tons per year. In 2014, at least 300,000 tons of oil will be extracted, the company informs.
The Prirazlomnaya project has stirred controversy among environmentalists, who fear that a spill could ruin the vulnerable environment in the area. In August 2013, a group of Greenpeace activists were met with harsh reactions from heavily armed security forces when they campaigned against the project. Also authorities in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug has voiced fears of what might happen if a spill reaches the extensive Nenets coast.
Gazprom Neft has for the first time sent oil from Yamal along the northern Sea Route in winter conditions. 16.000 tons of crude oil was shipped to European consumers by oil tanker, escorted by a nuclear icebreaker.
Russia is prepared to protect its interests in the Arctic with military means if necessary, says Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu, pointing to the increasing interest in the region’s resources by countries with no direct access to the Arctic.
“Ship-to-ship reloading of oil in icy-waters outside Kirkenes is a great example that Norway jeopardizes nature by lowering safety standards in our race for industrialization of the north,” says Lars Haltbrekken, head of the Norwegian Society for the conservation of Nature.
The UK needs to up its game in the Arctic or risk being «outmaneuvered” by other states, and should start by appointing an ambassador to the region, according to a report by the House of Lords Arctic Committee.
Could the Northern Sea Route be suitable for shipment of fish from the Far East to the European parts of Russia and vice versa? Stake holders in Russia’s fisheries industry and fishery authorities believe so.
“Whatever the pressure, Rakurs will continue to support LGBT community, to provide legal and psychological help. And we are going to challenge this wrongful decision in the court,” says Tatiana Vinnichenko, head of the organization.