The Prirazlomnaya oil platform is approached by the Anna Akhmatova (a Gazprom passenger vessel). Greenpeace is holding a series of actions to prevent Gazprom from completing the work that will allow them to begin drilling in this fragile region. Gazprom looks set to begin full commercial drilling operations by early next year, becoming the first ever company to start commercial oil production in the offshore Arctic.
While Shells absolute catastrophe of an Arctic drilling attempt last year should have scared off any prospective oil companies from sinking their talons into the pristine ecosystem, think again.
Mega US and international oil companies have partnered with Russian oil companies who not only have a horrendous track record of environmental safety and regulation, but also have little to no offshore drilling experience and little interest in a positive public image.
So far Exxon, BP, Statoil and Eni have partnered with Rosfneft, a government-owned oil company, while Shell has joined Gazprom, Russian's largest company, in what you might call an ecological death squad. What do these companies get out of shaking hands and sealing the deal? In exchange for access to the Russian Arctic and the continental shelf, the international oil companies will provide capital and technical expertise.
Theyre going to need it.
6. Rosneft is responsible for 75 percent of spills in Russians largest oil province while extracting only 25 percent of the total regional output.
This fact isn't that surprising considering the company also has the lowest overall safety budget.
[caption id="attachment_19186" align="alignnone" width="600"] An oil spill at the Rosneft oil field,[/caption]
5. No director or member of the Gazprom board of directors has a lick of offshore experience. Suppose they left Must have experience in oil drilling off the job descriptions?
In addition to Gazprom having no experienced leadership on offshore drilling, Rosneft is no expert either. In fact, they have never operated an offshore project to an extraction stage. Meaning the thing that they're trying to do in one of the most fragile and crucial ecosystems in the world, they've actually never done before.
4. Gazprom ordered a$3.7 million tablet for its CEOclaiming it was crucial to running the business more efficiently. Because a fancy iPad is all you need to run an oil company.
While millions of dollars can buy you a fancy tablet, it apparently can't buy you offshore drilling experience.