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​Arctic crude becomes new Russia's oil blend

Published time: April 21, 2014 15:15
The Prirazlomnaya oil rig in the Barents Sea.(RIA Novosti / Igor Podgornyi)

The Prirazlomnaya oil rig in the Barents Sea.(RIA Novosti / Igor Podgornyi)

Gazprom has unveiled the new Arctic crude blend called ARCO. It comes from the Arctic field in North-West Russia. The oil will cost less than the main Russian export Urals blend, as it’s quality is lower.

The new ARCO blend extracted from the Russian shelf debuted on the world market on Friday. The first consignment of 70,000 tons will make its way to one of the largest European energy companies, Gazprom said in a statement, without disclosing the customer. After increasing the production volume from the Prirazlomnoye field, part of the crude will be sold on the basis of long-term contracts.

With the Prirazlomnoye deposit in the Arctic shelf, Gazprom opened a new stage in the development of the Russian oil industry. The first oil from Russia's Arctic shelf, the first oil from Prirazlomnoye deposit has been loaded and will be delivered to consumers. The first shipment also marked the start of the process to return investment in the Prirazlomnoye deposit,” Gazprom chief executive Aleksey Miller said in a statement.

"Today's event has a large significance for the strengthening of Russia's position in the global oil market," the CEO added on Friday.

The quality of the oil, branded ARCO for Arctic oil, is poorer than that of Russia's key Urals export blend. It means that prices will be lower than Ural’s, said Grigory Birg, an oil analyst at Investcafe.

The Prirazlomnoye field was discovered in 1989 located in the Pechora Sea, south of Novaya Zemlya, Russia, sitting 60 kilometers offshore. The field holds 72 million tons of recoverable oil. Production started in December and is expected to reach 6 million tons a year sometime after 2020. The development of the field is based on the single stationary Prirazlomnoye platform, which is the first Arctic-class ice-resistant oil platform in the world.

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Steven Nodlehs 22.04.2014 23:12

DianneB

How much do the Rothchilds make in the US?
GW Bush start up money was not from his family or their businesses so where do you think? (hint - check his uncensored military record for answers, you should know more before declaring such certainty regarding your leaders' credentials)

If China asks for its money back or the Saudis, what will the US do?

It has 2 legal routes - Scrap all global debt of all types (it's where the term wiping the slate originates) or WWIII - perfectly legal.

Now any sign of massive military stockpiling? Hmm

As for religion - Christians don't think women can understand it anyway

 

Dimitri Ratz 22.04.2014 06:11

Basil Pigsfanny 22.04.2014 05:20

The lessons to be learnt are not to site a nuclear complex anywhere where the is risk of it being crippled by a natural disaster, as well as implementing protocols to deal with problems should they arise. If this had been an american or russian reactor, the results would have been equally catastrophic.

  


Ne w Russian reactors currently built would easily withstand it, and should something more severe occur where it's compromised it would stop operating without going critical.

 

Basil Pigsfanny 22.04.2014 05:20

The fact is that the Fukushima complex is right on the coast, and was hit by a natural disaster of unprecedented magnitude. Had any other reactor been in the same circumstances, then the result would have been if not the same, but worse. The lessons to be learnt are not to site a nuclear complex anywhere where the is risk of it being crippled by a natural disaster, as well as implementing protocols to deal with problems should they arise. If this had been an american or russian reactor, the results would have been equally catastrophic.

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