Statoil did not discover oil in the controversial Apollo well near Bear Island.
Billions are invested in the Zvezda yard outside Vladivostok to make it capable of meeting Russia’s growing demand for ice-protected ships and platforms.
STAVANGER: Ambitious Arctic offshore exploration plan will need 80 rigs, platforms, tankers, supply vessels and crew boats.
STAVANGER: Statoil brands “It’s possible” at ONS, but CEO Helge Lund says projects in Russia will take more time as export permits for equipment is a bureaucratic process.
The Prirazlomnaya platform is packed with Norwegian technology and is likely to soon feel the consequences of the western export ban on oil and gas equipment.
The mapping of the disputed Arctic waters is a nasty and unnecessary attempt to open a very vulnerable area for the oil industry, Greenpeace says.
STAVANGER: Statoil has found no commercial wells of oil in the Barents Sea this summer, but politicians and industry are still optimistic that the north will see a boost in petroleum activities.
Murmansk is pushing for an additional lifetime extension of the ageing reactors at the Kola NPP.
Russia’s Gazprom will no longer have monopoly on gas sales to Lithuania.
“This deal will allow Rosneft to acquire new unique expertise in operations in harsh climate conditions,” says Rosneft President Igor Sechin, a man listed on both the EU and the US sanctions lists.
Gazprom Neft is ready to ship out 80,000 tons of Novoportovskoye oil through the Ob Bay and towards western markets.
The oil servicemen involved in the ongoing drilling in the Kara Sea commute up to 5000 km to and from the drillsite.
Norway’s Statoil and Russia’s Rosneft has started exploration operations in the Norwegian secotr of the Barents Sea.
Rosneft President Igor Sechin suggests that his company gets a number of additional offshore field licenses, as well as better oil export tax conditions.
The region strikes deal with federal authorities over the development of ports facilities in Indiga and Naryan-Mar. That will prepare the ground for more out-shipments of Arctic oil and gas.
First time in history: Two Pacific fleet Akula-class submarines are now en route along the Northern Sea Route towards Severodvinsk in the White Sea for upgrades.
Russia plans to resume testing of the submarine-launched ballistic missile Bulava in September, after one year’s stop in the project.
More than three years after it was built, the nuclear service vessel ”Rossita” for the first time loaded radioactive wastes from a dump site in the Kola Peninsula.
Norilsk Nickel should move to a functioning, upgraded plant to stop pollution from Nikel.
EU is taking over the market for Norwegian salmon after the Russian import ban. Last week the export went up 15 percent.
Russia’s Government on Wednesday published corrections to the list over foodstuffs that are illegal to import to Russia.
As the company prepares for drilling of the University-1 well, special sensors are placed at nearby icebergs.
Greenpeace’s icebreaker «Arctic Sunrise» left Murmansk last night, after having being arrested by Russian authorities for nine months.
Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk of team Belkin Pro Cycling became the second winner of the world’s northernmost international bike race Arctic Race of Norway.
China won the men’s title and Russia the women’s title in the Chess Olympiad which ended in Tromsø on Thursday.
For Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg a border is more than a line on the map. After 24 years on duty it has become his biggest hobby to study borders around the world.
Finns and Russians are visiting each other’s country more seldom. The number of visas issued in both countries has declined significantly in 2014.
The three northern Norwegian counties of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark establish a joint cooperation council, which is to help promote key issues for the region.
Murmansk has seen its first demonstration against Norway’s adoption of EU’s sanctions against Russia. On Monday a dozen people gathered to protest against foreign influence on Norwegian policy.
NRK journalist and veteran in the Barents Press network Arne Store died Wednesday at age 69.
Murmansk Oblast has so far received more than 2700 refugees from Eastern Ukraine and more are coming. They receive help from Murmansk Red Cross.