Rosneft Restores Meteorological Observations System in Kara Sea

By Joseph R. Fonseca
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Rosneft completely restored the system of meteorological observations in the Kara Sea

As part of a large-scale summer Arctic research expedition "Kara-Summer - 2014" a meteorological station was installed that meets the latest modern requirements for such equipment, on the island of Uedinenie. Thus, the expedition organized by the "Arctic Research and Development Center" (a joint venture of "Rosneft" and ExxonMobil), with the support of the specialists from the FGBI "Arctic and Antarctic Scientific Research Institute" has completed the restoration of the system of meteorological observations in the Kara Sea, where previously as commissioned by the Company three more stations were installed.

This will allow supplying the region with a full-fledged complex of meteorological monitoring. Also, preventive maintenance of all previously installed meteorological stations on the archipelago Novaya Zemlya was carried out.

The Company is systematically implementing an extensive program to restore all systems of meteorological observations in the Arctic, and the expedition is planning to install a few more meteorological stations in the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea.

A unified network of meteorological observation will not only allow optimizing the works on geological exploration and increasing the effectiveness of extraction works, but it will also enable a series of large-scale scientific and research programs to study the region. The amount of collected information goes far beyond the framework of research necessary to begin exploration works on the continental shelf of the seas of the Arctic Ocean. The obtained data can significantly improve the quality of weather forecasts for the benefit of the whole country.

The expedition on board of the modern scientific expedition vessel "Akademik Tryoshnikov" is currently in the Laptev Sea and is heading towards the islands of the De Long in the East Siberian Sea. As part of the expedition scientists began exploring the waters of the licensed areas of NK "Rosneft" in the Laptev Sea, the Kara Sea, the East Siberian and the Chukchee Sea.

A special attention is being paid to biological research, including the monitoring of the habitat of marine mammals and birds.

Priority in this direction belongs to a comprehensive study of polar bears. Specialists-zoologists biopsied some of polar bears, which will enable to assess the impact of environmental changes on the animals; they also placed special collars with satellite transmitters on some animals, which will make it possible to obtain data on the distribution of polar bears within the research area.

Additionally, oceanographic works are being conducted which included getting the parameters from the six submerged

autonomous buoy stations installed in August of 2013. In a course of a year these stations have been gathering information about the level of the sea, its currents and waves, sediment and ice drifting. Such data is necessary to implement the programs of exploration drilling and the subsequent development of the East-Prinovozemelsky licensed areas of the "Rosneft" Company.

As part of the implemented ahead of the licensing requirements program of geochemical surveys to identify the presence of the primary hydrocarbon indications in the licensed areas of the "Rosneft" Company, bed load samples were collected, which will next be subjected to a comprehensive geochemical analysis in laboratories at the end of the expedition.

During the expedition specialists installed 45 drifting buoys to track the movements of icebergs in the glacier areas of the northern island of Novaya Zemlya and the islands of the archipelago Severnaya Zemlya. These buoys allow continuously monitoring the positions of ice formations and determining the trajectory of their drift. In addition, aerial and radar photographs of iceberg-producing glaciers were taken, which will allow building their 3D models and evaluate their productivity.

Moreover, on the archipelago Severnaya Zemlya specialists-volcanologists have identified promising locations to install sensors for monitoring the seismic situation in the area of future works.

This comprehensive collected data will be considered when planning any economic activity in the Arctic shelf, and it will also be taken into account when developing the technology of safe production of hydrocarbons in the Arctic.

The expedition is being conducted in accordance with the highest corporate standards of the JSC "NK" Rosneft" in the field of environmental and industrial safety and labor safety. The expedition "Kara-Summer 2014" will last until September 23, 2014.
 

  • Rosneft in the Kara Sea2

    Rosneft in the Kara Sea2

Maritime Reporter February 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Technology

ThyssenKrupp Says Submarines Part of Growth Story

Germany's Thyssenkrupp sees its submarine business as making an important contribution to its growth targets, the head of its Industrial Solutions business area said on Tuesday.

Added Value Innovation Drives Control of BWTS

Specifying for ballast water treatment systems can be a difficult process. Ian Hamilton, sales manager for marine electrical wiring control and instrumentation specialists CMR Group, offers guidance.

“Bright Ideas” program - Ash Center - Harvard University

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized the Port of Houston Partners

Energy

Ghana-Ivory Coast Maritime Dispute Mar Tullow

A dispute over maritime boundaries between Ghana and Ivory Coast is damaging Tullow Oil, which risks postponement of its TEN project in the waters off Ghana's coastline.

EC Study on LNG as Shipping Fuel Reveals Industry Backing

As efforts to combat climate change increase worldwide, pollution stemming from maritime shipping presents a particular challenge.     The study on the perception

Oil Storage at Sea Stalls as Profit Play Fades

Traders are cutting plans to use tankers to store oil at sea as the price incentive recedes, the global head of oil at mining and commodities group Glencore's said on Tuesday.

News

US, Australian, Indonesian Navies Commemorate Battle of Sunda Strait

Senior officials from the United States, Australia and Indonesia paid their respects to the crews of USS Houston (CA 30) and HMAS Perth (D 29) during a wreath laying ceremony March 1,

Rotterdam Port Receives Largest Box Ship

The MSC Oscar arrived on Tuesday (yesterday) at the APM1 terminal in Rotterdam. With a capacity of 19,224 TEU (20-foot containers), the 396 meters long and 59

USS Jason Dunham Enters U.S. 6th Fleet

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) entered U.S. 6th Fleet’s area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe March 3, 2015.

Arctic Operations

Zeroing in on Zukunft

The U.S. Coast Guard Commandant addresses a packed Passenger Vessel Association meeting and outlines both the challenges and opportunities facing his organization.

Viking Neptun Delivered for Technip

Viking Neptun was delivered from Kleven Verft to Eidesvik on February 17, and the naming ceremony was held in Stavanger on February 28. The vessel’s Godmother,

Royal Navy Data Provide Insights for Arctic Science

The researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have investigated the nature of turbulence in the ocean beneath the Arctic sea-ice using recently released

Offshore Energy

‘Blue Queen’ on First Mission

The platform supply vessel 'Blue Queen', an ULSTEIN PX121 design, was named at Ulstein Verft on Friday 27 February. The ship will be working in the spot market.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Production on the Rise

Because of the long timelines associated with Gulf of Mexico (GOM) projects, the recent downturn in oil prices is expected to have minimal direct impact on GOM crude oil production through 2016.

Nabors Posts Quarterly Loss as Drilling Activity Slows

Offshore driller Nabors Industries Ltd reported a quarterly loss, hurt by lower drilling activity amid a slump in global crude prices.   The company posted a net loss of $891.

Ocean Observation

Fiji Maritime Academy Bullish on Prospects

The Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA) is on the right track to become one of the finest maritime training institutions in the region. It has also achieved an important

Ghana-Ivory Coast Maritime Dispute Mar Tullow

A dispute over maritime boundaries between Ghana and Ivory Coast is damaging Tullow Oil, which risks postponement of its TEN project in the waters off Ghana's coastline.

First Deep Sea Exploration of the Perth Canyon Begins Today

The first deep-sea exploration of the Perth Canyon, Australia's largest undersea valley, will launch today, Phys.org is reporting. The 12-day expedition is backed

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2053 sec (5 req/sec)