Following BP’s troubles in resolving legal issues surrounding the partnership with Rosneft to drill the Kara Sea, Royal Dutch Shell had talks with energy officials in Moscow this week.
Shell officials said the talks concerned development of Russia’s Arctic shelf. As previously reported by BarentsObserver, Shell is one of several other foreign companies that could take over BP’s position to be Rosneft’s partner to develop the huge oil fields in the southern Kara Sea east of Novaya Zemlya.
The license blocks in question is roughly equivalent in size and prospectively to the British sector of the North Sea.
Shell met Tuesday with both Rosneft chief Eduard Khudainatov and Russian deputy prime minister Igor Sechin.
In its Arctic strategy promotion, Shell underlines the company’s its long-standing experience in operating in the Arctic. “We believe our experience has helped us develop the technology and expertise needed to tackle extreme conditions safely,” Shell says.
Russian state owned Rosneft has no offshore experience in the Arctic and is dependent of an experienced offshore partner. Sources in the Russian Government says to Vedomosti Thursday that Shell is the only company that currently are on Rosneft’s list of candidates to replace BP in the Arctic offshore projects.
Shell has Arctic onshore experience in both Alaska and Canada and has northern offshore projects, like the Sakhalin-2 in Russia’s Far East and are in the start to develop the Gro field in the Norwegian Sea, just north of the Arctic Circle.
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.