The biggest shareholder in Heilo is Gas de France Suez (GdF Suez). Repsol and Rocksource are also partners in the project. The Chinese state company China Investment Corporation recently bought 30 percent of the oil and gas division in GdF Suez, thus bringing the Chinese state indirect access to the oil and gas activities in the Barents Sea.
- We have great confidence that we can find oil, but it is hard to say how much, so this is exciting, says CEO Erik Karlstrøm in North Energy to Fremover. The company has a 20 percent stake in the field, the same has Front Exploration. The two Northern Norwegian oil companies are going to cooperate on drilling at Heilo.
Exploration drilling will be conducted by the rig “Aker Barents”, and is expected to start in a short time. Drilling will continue for 50 days, after which “Aker Barents” will go in to the Zappfe prospect nearby the Goliat field.
The Murmansk Economic Zone was presented as a miracle cure for regional development and as key facility for the Shtokman project. Today, five years on, regional authorities put their faith in the fish industry.
Renowned Norwegian actress Gørild Mauseth is in the leading role when actors and producers from the Gorky Dramatic Theatre in Vladivostok come to Harstad to present a unique version of Tolsoy’s classic play Anna Karenina.
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Wistleblower Edward Snowden is winner of this year’s recognized Bjørnson Award, but Norwegian authorities are unlikely to guarantee his safe travel to the award ceremony. The former CIA employee should instead be handed over the award in Pechenga, the Russian borderlands to Norway, a Norwegian university lecturer suggests.