søndag 13. august 2017

Gazprom and China’s ‘Breakthrough’ in the Russian Arctic

On June 27, 2017, Russian mass media headlines announced “China’s breakthrough in the Arctic.” The reason for the positive headlines was the signing of an agreement of cooperation by Murmansk Governor Marina Kovtun and General Director Alexey Davydov of Gazprom Geologorazvedka, a drilling company owned by Gazprom. Notably, the signing took place on board the Chinese deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig Nanhai-8, which entered the Kola Bay a week earlier. The Nanhai-8 rig can operate at water depths up to 1,400 meters and can drill as deep as 7,600 meters.