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.
Regular military relations between Norway and Russia have been halted for more than a year, but the two countries’ Coast Guard Services continue cooperate on protection of borders and resources in the Barents Sea.
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.
Norwegian business leaders and academics interviewed by Yle’s Swedish-language news service say they are disappointed in the overall level of Swedish language skills among its job applicants from Finland.