New Russian PM grants drilling fields to Gazprom in Arctic

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin chairs a meeting with members of the new government in Moscow on January 21, 2020. (Dmitry Astakhov / SPUTNIK / AFP / Getty Images)
Mikhail Mishustin grants company Gazprom Neft big drilling acreages in the Yamal Peninsula.

Three days after he was announced as Russia’s new prime minister, Mikhail Mishustin granted Gazprom Neft the right to develop oil and gas field Khambateyskoye in Yamal.

The field is located partly on land, partly offshore in the Gulf of Ob. Gazprom Neft from before controls several nearby licenses, and production is in full swing at the Novy Port project located only few kilometers to the south of the Khambateyskoye area.

The new resources in the area could ultimately be connected to a projected natural gas pipeline that is to stretch eastwards across the Gulf Ob. The new infrastructure will cost up to 75 billion rubles, newspaper Kommersant reports.

The Yamal Peninsula is a key priority area for Gazprom Neft. Production at Novy Port was launched in 2014, and volumes sent through the project’s Arctic Gate terminal can reach up to 8,5 million tons per year.

Several more decrees, laws and regulations about Arctic developments are soon waiting for the signature of new PM Mishustin. Among them is a new Law on the Arctic, due to be adopted in the first quarter of the year.

Also that document will place oil and natural gas extraction as a cornerstone of developments. The new legislation is expected to give the oil, gas and petrochemical industry major tax cuts in new Arctic projects.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Northwestern Canadian First Nation asks N.W.T. to speak out against northern Alberta mine, CBC News

China: US sanctions against Chinese shipping company could hurt Russia’s LNG exports, The Independent Barents Observer

Norway: Norway’s Equinor to drill new Arctic well in Barents Sea, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: New Delhi confirms Indian stake in Rosneft’s new Arctic oil project, The Independent Barents Observer

United States: Seattle council votes to withhold business from oil companies that explore Arctic Refuge, Alaska Public Media

Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer

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