The MIKON flagship program in the Fram Centre is using both social and environmental sciences to examine how High North industrial development will affect the natural world, regional societies like the Sami and economic activity.
Mining and metallurgy giant Norilsk Nickel intends to complete the upgrade of its new port terminal in Murmansk by 2011. That will further boost the company’s ability to handle logistical operations in the region without assistance from other companies.
Gazprom is still eyeing LNG production and sale from the Shtokman project, despite the dramatic change in the US gas marked. - The LNG business will develop in Europe, says Yuri Komarov, Chief executive of Shtokman Development AG, speaking at a conference in Arkhangelsk.
Vladimir Potanin - the main owner of mining and metallurgy giant Norilsk Nickel – the last year almost five-fold increased his fortune. Meanwhile, company plants in the Kola Peninsula continue to seriously harm Arctic nature.
Russia’s Prime Minister says it is not fair that fishermen catching fish in Russia’s economic zone should be obligated to pay customs duty as if they were importing something. Today, Russian trawlers reload much of their fish to foreign vessels in the Barents Sea, or land the fish in foreign harbors.
Several of the key industries in the Komi Republic have in 2010 experienced negative growth. The region has still managed to cut unemployment and uphold salary levels, the latest Barents Monitoring report reads.