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Oil Production Begins At Gazprom’s Arctic Offshore Field

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Russia detained 30 Greenpeace activists protesting against Arctic drilling at the Prirazlomnaye platform in September.

Russia detained 30 Greenpeace activists protesting against Arctic drilling at the Prirazlomnaye platform in September.

Russia’s energy company Gazprom says its Arctic offshore Prirazlomnoye field has started to produce oil.

Chief Executive Officer Aleksei Miller said in a statement on December 20 that “we have become the pioneers of Russia’s Arctic development.”

The start of production at Prirazlomnoye had long been delayed due to challenges including aging equipment and a change in the project’s shareholders structure.

The project has been criticized by environmentalists who say it could threaten the delicate Arctic ecosystem through oil spills.

Russia detained 30 Greenpeace activists protesting against Arctic drilling at the Prirazlomnaye platform in September.

The protesters faced jail sentences of up to 7 years until Putin announced an amnesty, which covers the activists.

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2 Comments on "Oil Production Begins At Gazprom’s Arctic Offshore Field"

  1. Bob Inget on Sun, 22nd Dec 2013 10:21 pm 

    FYI:Wikipedia

    In 2011, the company produced 513.2 billion cubic metres (18.12 trillion cubic feet) of natural gas, amounting to 17% of worldwide gas production. In addition, Gazprom produced 32.3 million tons of crude oil and 12.1 million tons of gas condensate. Gazprom’s activities accounted for 8% of Russia’s gross domestic product in 2011.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    It’s safe to say Gazprom has more influence in Moscow then Exxon in Washington DC..This is saying a great deal….of (political) influence.
    It’s also a good bet Gazprom is unconcerned about public outrage, if there were any, less so about governmental interference.

    In the ‘old days’ this gas would have been ‘stranded’ now, massive LNG vessels, supertankers can moor in the vicinity for off loading..
    What could go wrong?

    Always remember, ‘Nature Bats Last’.

  2. Makati1 on Sun, 22nd Dec 2013 11:07 pm 

    So right, Bob. Mother Nature may send a state sized ice floe in their direction sometime soon and take out all of their plans,or maybe not. We shall see. The Arctic is not the North Caucasus.

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