Expedition ends fieldwork in the Kara Sea

8/20/2013

Expedition ends fieldwork in the Kara Sea

MOSCOW -- The Kara-Summer 2013 expedition, organized by Rosneft in partnership with the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, completed its voyage on August 16, 2013. Experts spent 30 days at sea aboard the Akademik Fyodorov survey vessel owned by the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute. They conducted a large scale met-ocean survey in the Kara Sea, monitored outlet glaciers on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, analyzed ice conditions, and determined iceberg drift and morphometric parameters.

The study data will be used to provide met-ocean information for exploratory drilling in the Vostochno-Prinovozemelsky-1 license block priority areas, specifically, in the University structure, as well as for conceptual design of year-round oil and gas production facilities in each of the three Vostochno-Prinovozemelsky license blocks, primarily of gravity-based platforms, export terminals and subsea production facilities.

Kara-Summer 2013 is the third expedition commissioned by Rosneft.

Given the low exploration maturity of the Kara Sea, Rosneft in cooperation with ExxonMobil gave the green light to a series of large-scale, scientific and research programs in the Kara Sea to precede 2014 exploration.

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