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Rosneft and ExxonMobil approve 4 Arctic projects

Published time: May 05, 2014 14:37
Reuters / Ilya Naymushin

Reuters / Ilya Naymushin

​Rosneft, one of the world’s largest oil companies, has given the go ahead on four Arctic projects with US oil giant ExxonMobil, despite the US government’s attempt to derail business relations with sanctions.

The two companies will develop hydrocarbon reserves in the Arctic waters of Russia, including the Laptev and Chukchi Seas, Rosneft said in a statement Monday.

The projects will explore and develop four licensed oil-rich reservoirs: the Anisinsk-Novosibirsk and Ust-Olenksk shelf sites in the Laptev Sea zone, as well as the North-Wrangel-2 and South-Chukchi shelf reserves, the statement said. No financial details were provided.

Rosneft also plans to team up with Texas-based ExxonMobil to explore the remote Kara Sea in August.

Only Russian state-owned companies can obtain licenses to explore the Arctic, which has oil reserves estimated at 90 billion tons, or 13 percent of the world’s supply.

Natural gas reserves stand at 1.67 trillion cubic meters, or 30 percent of the world reserves, and liquefied natural gas weigh in at 44 billion barrels, or 20 percent of potential reserves. Abundant and untapped, oil and gas above Russia offers a great investment opportunity, but at the same time, it is expensive and laborious to explore and drill in the harsh Arctic climate, which is only possible in three short summer months.

The most recent round of US-led sanctions against the Russian economy put Igor Sechin, the CEO of Rosneft, but not the company, under sanctions. If further sanctions are pursued and the company itself is targeted, it could complicate business in Russia.

Exxon and Rosneft have non-Arctic projects, as well. A $300 million Siberian shale drilling project will break ground in 2014, and there are plans to develop one of Rosneft’s deepwater wells in the Black Sea as early as 2015. The Kara and Black Sea projects net 11.3 million acres at the end of 2013.

Exxon Mobil also has a substantial stake in the Far East Sakhalin oil project, for which it plans to build a new platform this year. Total net acreage in Russia’s Pacific Ocean waters near Sakhalin Island was 85,000 acres at the end of 2014.

Norway’s Statoil and Italy’s Eni oil companies also have oil projects with Rosneft.

Comments (8)


rhh 06.05.2014 11:17

I don't mean the cold..
Have they seen the movie The Wave?
"Mini ng" methane off the seafloor, could cause
little tsunami's..
And if there are coming strange earthquakes,
esp ecially Sakhalin, what will be the cause..?


Ivan Offswitch 06.05.2014 06:27

Seth Austin 06.05.2014 06:02

Companie s like Exxon are scared crapless of Obama. If Obama issues wide ranging sanctions on the Russian energy sector, Exxon will run so fast from Russia it'll make your head spin. Exxon is only in Russia because they are currently still in compliance with U.S. laws. But if, for example, Russia moves into Ukraine with its regular forces, harsher sanctions will hit and Exxon will flee Russia.


We really look forward to Exxon's departure - but like war in Ukraine it will never happen as all this Ukraine BS was pre-planned & hatched years ago step by step !


penelope powell 06.05.2014 01:38

Consorting with the devil. I don't get it. Can't Russia create it's own credit with Public Banking? Why is someone else's fiat currency, created just for the occasion, better than one's own currency created just for the occasion?

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