The crews have performed a number of tasks in the Arctic in the Yenisei Bay, the Kara Sea
, the Laptev Sea and a number of archipelagoes.
Russian state oil producer Rosneft will be forced to postpone drilling a second well in the Kara Sea
for at least two more years, three sources told Reuters, as a result of Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
The collapse in oil prices together with economic sanctions which bar Russian access to western capital markets and technology are taking a toll on Russia's energy projects and have affected Arctic projects and expanding pipeline networks to the Chukchi Sea, Laptev Sea and Kara Sea
oil and gas fields.
As part of its plan to raise it output to 2m b/doe by 2020, GazpromNeft has developed one of its offshore Arctic southern Kara Sea
blocks rich in oil as well as non-associated gas, where in late 2013 it began producing 6,000 b/d of tight crude oil which is light and sweet and is planned to reach an output level of 120,000 b/d by 2020.
Because of the latest Western sanctions against Moscow over the Ukrainian crisis, however, these areas including one being prospected in the Kara Sea
by ExxonMobil and other non-conventional prospects explored by BP or other Western majors, are expected to be banned by the US Commerce Department.
The Conservative Read reported that Exxon brought a rig from Norway to drill first well of Russia in the Kara Sea
Separately, a small Russian oil products tanker was holed in September in the Kara Sea
, also off Russia.
Greenpeace says Russia this week denied permission for its Arctic Sunrise ship to enter the Kara Sea
, a section of the Arctic Ocean off Siberia.
The agreements, which include plans to explore seven new blocks in the Chukchi Sea, Laptev Sea and Kara Sea
, were signed by Igor Sechin, president of Rosneft, and Stephen Greenlee, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company, in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Reservoir Characterization Group revenue increased sequentially due to higher WesternGeco marine vessel utilization in the North Sea and the Kara Sea
and improved UniQ land seismic productivity in the Middle East region.
30, 2011 Rosneft announced that, instead of BP, the partner for EPNZ-1, EPNZ-2 and EPNZ-3 in the Kara Sea
, with recoverable hydrocarbon reserves estimated at 85bn boe, would become ExxonMobil.
Nevertheless, preliminary estimates of the reserves in the Arctic are hugely lucrative, as they indicate that the Kara Sea
, where ExxonMobil is poised to operate, may hold about 35.