Arctic research centre (a joint venture of the Russian oil giant Rosneft and ExxonMobil) has signed an agreement with the Council on Marine Mammals public organisation to carry out research studies of polar bears in the areas of potential hydrocarbon development, the Rosneft press service says in a statement, reports ITAR-TASS.
Until the end of 2014, the Arctic Council will finalize the agreement on Arctic marine pollution Prevention. This was stated today by Ivan Panichkin, Deputy Head of International Treaties department of the Russian Ministry of Energy in an interview with ITAR-TASS. He was the head of the Russian delegation during the third round of consultations of the AU group on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by oil in the Arctic, which was held in Ottawa from 11 to 13 June.
Rosneft, a Russian oil giant, will invest three trillion rubles in Eastern Siberia and the Far East in view of the new long-term contracts with the countries of the Pacific Rim. Another $400 billion will be invested in the development of the Arctic shelf in the next 20 years, Head of Rosneft Igor Sechin said.
Norwegian coastguards on Friday removed a Greenpeace ship from a controversial Arctic drilling site where it was trying to prevent oil explorations, the environmentalist group said.
NATO is not planning to use military forces in the Arctic, but should be ready to provide collective security in the event of tensions in the region, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday.
Norwegian police have removed seven Greenpeace activists who boarded a Statoil oil rig in the Barents sea to protest plans to drill a new Arctic site, the company said Thursday.
Data collected by Russia over the period of Arctic research is sufficient for sending an updated application for the expansion of the Arctic shelf to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment reports.
Dutch police on Tuesday arrested six Greenpeace activists after they chained a Russian oil drilling platform destined for the Arctic to a dock to prevent it from leaving a Netherlands port.
Greenpeace activists on Tuesday blocked the Saturn oil rig charted by Russia's Gazpromneft at the Dutch port of Ijmuiden to prevent it from being used for oil drilling on the Arctic shelf, Greanpeace says on its website. "Divers immobilized the rig by chaining its support beams and stretched a banner reading "Save the Arctic" over it," the report says. The move, which was part of Greenpeace's Save the Arctic campaign, involved at least 30 Greenpeace activists from Holland, Belgium and Germany.
A newly published White House report states the inevitable: boiling temperatures, frequent devastating floods, and raging wildfires signal climate changes are finally reaching Americans. The findings could hardly strike as surprising, but the credibility of the source of the data this time is of importance.
The board of directors of Russian oil giant Rosneft has endorsed four projects to explore and develop Arctic oil reservoirs in the Laptev and Chukchi Seas in a joint effort with US-based ExxonMobil, Rosneft said in a statement Monday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has determined ground territories of the Arctic zone of Russia with a decree.
Arctic region is serious military-diplomatic battlefield between Canada, Russia, US, Norway and Denmark - experts
The Zalyv Shipyard in Crimea's port of Kerch could soon be commissioned to construct Arctic supertankers, a spokesman for Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation said Wednesday, RIA Novosti reports.
In the past decade, Russian scientists have gathered enough scientific evidence to substantiate the country's territorial claim for hydrocarbon-rich areas of the Arctic shelf, a leading Russian scientist said Tuesday, as reported by RIA Novosti.
The world is facing a revolution in the transcontinental navigation. Russia is prepared to greet all colors of the world at its Arctic gates – at the Northern Sea Route. What possibilities for the humankind does the «central avenue» of the Russian Arctic open? The Earth's nature has given yet another present to people – the prospects of navigation via the Northern Sea Route all year round are becoming more real. The climate warming turns navigable those areas that only recently were filled with ice pack five meters thick.
The Arctic is the land of ice silence, mysterious nature and numerous treasures. Its subsoil contains billion of barrels of oil and billions of cubic meters of gas. Today that region has become one of the most important areas of Russia's national interests. But what is more important today – to take the treasures of the Arctic or to save it for the future?
Russia is considering a plan for shipbuilding companies in Crimea and Sevastopol, which are currently idle or working under capacity, to build tankers for shipping liquefied natural gas from the country’s Arctic fields, the Ministry of Industry and Trade said Friday.
Russia should reinforce the guarding of its boundaries in the Arctic region, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "Oil and gas extraction sites, loading terminals, and pipelines should be reliably protected from terrorists and other potential threats," Putin said at a session of the Russian Security Council dealing with the state policy in the Arctic region on Tuesday.
Russia must safeguard each parcel of the continental shelf in its part of the Arctic, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday. The Russian President reminded that Russia has declared earlier its right to 52,000-square-kilometer area of the Sea of Okhotsk, the bottom of which is the continuation of Russia's continental shelf.