According to the company, a total of ten stations will be operational in the area in the course of 2014. Three stations are located along the coast of the Novaya Zemlya and were opened in 2013. Another station on the island of Uyedinenie unit is soon to be launched, a press release reads. From before, six meteorological stations are working in the Kara Sea area.
The state-owned oil major is engaging in the meteorological operations as part of its large-scale hydrocarbon development plans in the region. Together with partner ExxonMobil, the company is to drill a first well in the Kara Sea, at the Akademichesky structure, in 2014. “This integrated network of meteorological survey will not only allow us to optimize our exploration works and enhance production efficiency, it also marks the start of a series of extensive scientific and exploration programs on the region”, the company informs.
Rosneft’s new stations come at the same time as Russian authorities are stepping up the development of a weather monitoring system along the country’s Arctic coast. According to Aleksandr Frolov, Head of the Russian state meteorological agency (Rosgidromet), there will soon be a total of 75 operational weather stations along the Russian northern coast, from Murmansk in the west to the Bering Straits in the east. A great number of the stations are originally from the Soviet period, but were left and abandoned in the 1990s. The three most powerful stations will be located in Tiksi, on the island of Hansen and in the Spitsbergen archipelago, Frolov said to RIA Novosti in 2011.
A powerful part of the Russian Arctic monitoring program will be also the country’s new space system Arktika, a 70 billion ruble satellite system specialized on weather surveillance.
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.