Rosneft needs 2000 workers in Murmansk

Governor Marina Kovtun greets Igor Sechin as he lands in Murmansk, a priority region for Rosneft's Arctic operations.

The state-owned company will hire 2000 people in connection with the development of its new Arctic base infrastructure in Murmansk.


Visiting the Russian Arctic city last week, Rosneft President Igor Sechin told regional Governor Marina Kovtun that his projects in the Kola Bay will create 2000 new jobs over the next five years, a press release from the company reads.

Rosneft intends to use Murmansk as base hub for its drilling and exploration activities in the western part of the Russian Arctic and is increasingly interested in the development of regional infrastructure. As previously reported, a first drilling operation will start at the Universitetskaya structure in the Kara Sea in August this year and the West Alpha rig is currently on its way to the drillsite.

Among the regional projects pursued by Rosneft is the contruction of an Arctic oil base at the Roslyakovo shipyard and the development of the Murmansk Transport Hub. The latter project includes the modernization of the Murmansk Sea Port and the construction of new port complexes, a container terminal and logistical center, as well as building of new roads and railway.

New industry, infrastructure and needed manpower was on the agenda in the meeting between Marina Kovtun and Igor Sechin.

According to the Murmansk government, Rosneft will invest in new plants for the construction of underwater armature and concrete blocks. In addition, it will need a helipad with capacity for several dusins of aircrafts, a press release informs.

Rosneft’s Arctic engagement is closely connected with its comprehensive cooperation agreements with ExxonMobil, Eni and Statoil. The company is conducting seismic mapping in several parts of the Arctic and prepares for exploration drilling, first at the Universitetskoye field and later also at other structures.