New SEI working paper: Russian Interests in Oil and Gas Resources in the Barents Sea

August 28th, 2013 | Posted by Lize-Marié van der Watt in News | Publication

There has been much recent hype about Russian offshore oil and gas resources in the Arctic. But how will Russia go about exploiting them? 

As part of the Assessing Arctic Futures: Voices, Resources and Governance project, Annika Nilsson, senior research fellow at the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI) and Nadezhda Filimonova, an SEI intern, recently produced a working paper on the topic.

Against a backdrop of fluctuating global energy markets and international environmental concern, this paper analyses the prospects for developing hydrocarbon deposits on the Russian continental shelf. In particular, it draws on a case study of Russian hydrocarbon activities in the Barents region, based on official policy documents and legal texts, and statements made by government officials and oil and gas companies.

The study lays bare the current political dynamics around resource extraction in Russia, with a focus on the interplay between the Kremlin, gas giant Gazprom, and a range of foreign players. It also analyses how investment in a particular project is affected by the larger geopolitical, ideological and economic context in which it takes place.

The paper also places the discussion in a historical context via a review of Russian and western literature, which reveals Russia’s shifting relationship to the Arctic over the past 60 years.

Download the full paper here:Nilsson and Filimonova – RussiaOilGasBarentsSea

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