Full steam ahead in new Arctic oil region

Lukoil signs cooperation agreement with regional authorities over the development of the East-Taymyr field. Geological mapping is due to start in 2017.

By Atle Staalesen, January 27, 2016
Independent Barents Observer
Photo: Thomas Nilsen

The cooperation deal signed by Lukoil President Vagit Alekperov and Krasnoyarsk Governor Viktor Tolokonsky includes 350 million rubles, TASS reports. The money will be invested in social development projects in Khatanga, the Arctic town located near Lukoil’s newly obtained license area.
This is a very important project not only for the town of Khatanga, but for the whole region of Krasnoyarsk“, Tolokonsky says, a press release from his regional government reads.
For Lukoil, the East-Taimyr is seen as a gateway to a new and untouched region. Resources in the area could be significant and the company might be interested in developing them in a similar way as in the Timan-Pechora province. There, Lukoil pipelines oil to the terminal of Varandey, from where tankers ship the hydrocarbons to the world markets through the Barents Sea.
The privately-owned company cashed out 1,9 billion rubles for the East-Taimyr license, as much as 600 times higher than the tender starting price.
The license was won in strong competition with Rosneft, Privately-owned Lukoil was first declared winner of the license. However, Rosneft disputed that decision and took the case to court. An appeal court settled the case in December 2015.

Indigenous peoples’ organization declared as foreign agents

ЦС КМНС / РИТЦIndigenous peoples’ organization declared as foreign agents. An organization supporting indigenous peoples in Russia’s northern regions has been fined 300,000 rubles for failing to register as foreign agent.

January 28, 2016, by Trude Pettersen Independent Barents Observer

The organization “Center for Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North” (CSIPN) has been fined 300,000 rubles for breaking Russia´s much-criticized law on foreign agents, Gazeta writes. The organization had failed to register itself, and was in November 2015 declared “foreign agent” by Russia´s Ministry of Justice.
I can only regret that yet another organization for indigenous people is hit by the implementation of this law”, says Christina Henriksen, leader of the Working Group for Indigenous Peoples (WGIP) in the Barents Region, to Independent Barents Observer. “I am going to raise this issue with Russian authorities next time I meet with them”, Henriksen says.
In the Barents Region, seven groups are have been branded “foreign agent” by Russia’s Ministry of Justice. In September 2015 the organization Yasavey Manzara in Nenets Autonomous Okrug became the first Indegenous Peoples NGO to get the stamp.
Although WGIP doesn´t have any formal cooperation with CSIPN, Henriksen knows the leader of CSIPN, Rodion Sulyandziga well after many years of cooperation through RAIPON, the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, where he used to be part of the leader team.
CSIPN was established in 2001 as a non-governmental organization that provided help to indigenous peoples and their communities in the transfer to the market economy conditions of present-day Russia. It offered practical training in institution-building, economic development, land and natural resources use, legislation, environmental protection, and cultural heritage, according to University of the Arctic.
Henriksen hopes that the issue of persecution of organizations that support indigenous peoples will be brought to a higher political level: “I hope that Russia´s partners in the Barents Council and the Arctic Council will address this case with their Russian colleagues. WGIP raises this question whenever we can, but it would definitely help if Norwegian authorities would improve their relations to our neighbouring country, so that there would be room for constructive discussions on such challenges”.
The law that came into force in 2012, imposed organizations receiving funding from abroad or engaging in political activity to register as foreign agents. Very few organizations voluntarily agreed to designate themselves as such, and from 2014 the Ministry of Justice was granted powers to name agents of their own.
The number of NGOs operating in Russia has declined with more than 30 percent during the last three years, Interfax reported.

1595 Nova Zembla

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Gerrit de Veer – Levinus Hulsius: De tocht van 1595: het kielhalen. Twee bemanningsleden, die huiden gestolen hebben van Nenets (Lappen), worden gekielhaald. Van de ene blijkt na het ophalen slechts een half lichaam te resten, de ander wordt nat aan land gezet.
Gerrit de Veer – Levinus Hulsius: The Journey of 1595: the keelhaul. Two crew members, who have stolen skins of Nenets (Lapps), are keelhauling. From one after getting hauled only half a body was left, the other put ashore wet.

Statoil and Rosneft prepare for drilling despite sanctions

The Norwegian Statoil and the Russian Rosneft might carry out their first joint drillhole in 2016.
Preparations for the operations are ongoing”, a representative of the customs authorities in Magadan confirms. The area in question is the northern part of the Sea of Okhotsk, the Russian far east, a part of the comprehensive cooperation agreement between the two companies.According to the local customs official, the two companies have already settled issues related to the operatorship of the project, newspaper Vedomosti reports with referance to Interfax.At the same time, Rosneft confirms that it this year has conducted comprehensive research in the Perseevsky license area in the Barents Sea. During a recent research expedition to the area, as well as to other Arctic license areas, a wide range of research operations were made.
Barents cooperation
Rosneft and Statoil in 2012 signed the cooperation agreement which includes exploration and well drilling in the Barents Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk. In both areas,
Statoil will cover costs for exploration and drilling. The agreement includes three blocks in the far east and one, the Perseevsky area, in the Barents Sea.Joint ventures are to be established, of which Rosneft holds 66,67 percent and Statoil 33,33 percent. Needed investments in the project amount to about $40 billion, Rosneft says.According to the cooperation agreement, a total of six wells are to be drilled in  he period 2016-2021.
Source: 18 Jun 2015, Barents Observer by Atle Staalesen.

IDFA 2013 – Amsterdam

Olga FirstfilmOlga, To My Friends
Paul Anders Simma
Finland-Sweden-Norway
2013, 58 min.
21 november 2013, 17:30 u.
Bioscoop Pathé Tuschinski
Reguliersbreestraat 26
1017 CN Amsterdam
T.: 0900 1458  idfa.nl 
friendsofolga.com

In het Russische deel van Sapmi (Lapland), 1.800 kilometer ten noorden van Moskou, vriest het in de winter vele tientallen graden, is het wit zover het oog reikt en valt er nauwelijks een mens te bekennen. Hier, in een eenvoudig huisje onder een dik pak sneeuw, woont Olga.
Olga bewaakt het rantsoen en de werktuigen van rendierherders, die in de lente pas weer langskomen. Dit jaar zat ze 177 dagen alleen, met enkel een kat om haar gezelschap te houden. Ze is de enige vrouw in de herders-brigade, en het werk is niet zonder gevaren. Er wordt vaak eten gejat, ze stond al eens oog in oog met een beer en werd onder de voet gelopen door een kudde rendieren. Maar Olga voelt zich op haar plek. Ze groeide op in een weeshuis en toen haar moeder haar alsnog kwam halen, met geld van de regering, voelde ze zich een vreemdeling in haar familie. Als enige sprak ze geen Sami. En haar gezinsleden zijn grote drinkers – alcoholisme is een groot probleem in de Sami-gemeenschap. Als er geruchten gaan dat de brigade wordt opgeheven, maakt ze zich grote zorgen. Wat gebeurt er met Olga als ze haar werk en haar thuis verliest?

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Geplaatst: 20.11.2013