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.


The Norwegian border town of Kirkenes might join a project on town development in Teriberka, the main base for the Shtokman project.

StatoilHydro on Barents Sea coast

StatoilHydro on 15 August shut down its LNG plant at Melkøya for up to three months in a planned upgrade and maintenance operation.

Russian gas

The 2009 forecast was an increase of 3% from last year, but so far the output is down.

Lord Hunt, Minister of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, visited the Norwegian Barents Secretariat on Wednesday.

Lofoten mountains (

A new study shows that seven of ten respondents want more petroleum studies in the vulnerable and resource-rich Lofoten waters.

Gazprom headquarters (

Russian gas exports in 2009 totaled 205,826 billion cubic meters, which is 13 percent less than in 2008.

Gazprom headquarters

The development of the first phase of the Shtokman project was on the agenda when Gazprom Deputy Aleksandr Ananenkov today met with owner representatives of the Shtokman Development AG.

Mayor of Teriberka Valeri Yarantsev.

Prosecutors in Murmansk are pressing charges against mayor of Teriberka, the hub for the giant Shtokman project. Valery Yarantsev is suspected of having neglected his official duties.

The Norwegian Geological Museum

Geological samples collected at Novaya Zemlya by the early 20th centrury explorer Olaf Holtedahl could provide valuable information about the hydrocarbon potential of the Barents Sea.

Wind power

Defence authorities have approved plans for a new wind power plant in Malå, northern Sweden. Defence officials long believed that the 22 windmill park would hamper flight activities in the area.

Gas from Shtokman

The Shtokman project can enter a phase of actual engineering and construction works in March 2011, a representative of the Shtokman Development AG confirms.

Rosneft in the Arctic

Russia’s biggest oil company, the state-owned Rosneft, this week invited the BP and Total to discussions on a possible partnership on the Russian shelf.

Arktikshelfneftegaz and its fields in the Pechora Sea

The resource estimates for the oil field Medynskoe-more in the Pechora Sea have been increased by 75 percent to a total of 133,9 million tons. That makes the field almost twice as big as Gazprom’s nearby Prirazlomnoye field.