October 28, 2010


Foreign trade in Northwestern Russia reviving

Foreign trade flows passing through the North-West Customs Directorate in January-September this year increased by 40 percent compared with the same period of 2009 and totaled $68.699 billion, the regional customs agency said.

Passionate Barents youth gathering in border town

In a four days passionate event, 80 youths from all over the Barents region will display their conceptions of Barents through art. – It will be a celebration of the good life in Barents, says the organizers in the Barents Regional Youth Council.

€400 million for regional energy efficiency programs in Russia

The Russian President has again stressed a high priority of energy efficiency program in the country. The government recently adopted a new state program on energy efficiency which will result in a 13,5 percent decrease in the energy intensity of the country’s GDP.

Norway orders new spy ship for the High North

The Norwegian Intelligence Service has ordered a new research vessel to replace “F/S Marjata”, which has been patrolling the Barents Sea for the last 15 years, Russian military analysts report.

New ice-breakers for the Arctic

The State company Rosmorport is holding a competitive tender for construction of an ice-breaker at a price of 260 million USD. The bidders are United Shipbuilding Corporation, Baltiysky Zavod and Nordic Yard shipyards. The winner may get a contract for construction of 2 more similar vessels.

New initiatives in the Barents Sea

Norway’s future center for oil and gas lies in the eastern parts of the Barents Sea, believes the country’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Riis-Johansen.
Photo: kremlin.ru

Visa-free travel in return for Energy Charter

French President Nicolas Sarkozy this week indicated that Russia might get visa-free travelling with the EU if the country gives concessions in talks on the European Energy Charter.

Consulate General in Murmansk part of Finland’s Arctic strategy

The opening of a Consulate General in Murmansk is one of three Finnish spearhead projects up North and part of Finland’s Arctic strategy, says Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Stubb.

Shtokman Development: a change of information strategy

Shtokman Development AG intends to pursue transparency as regards information policy, the Head of Information Policy and Communications Department Dmitry Seregin says to BarentsObserver.

Kolari-Pajala iron-ore to be shipped from Narvik

The iron-ore from the up-coming large mines in the Swedish-Finnish borderland will be transported to the Northern Norwegian harbor of Narvik. 

Preparing for next year’s Northern Sea Route season

The last convoys of vessels are soon ending this year’s season along the Northern Sea Route, but the different shipping companies have already started to prepare for next year.

Mining and construction spur moderate growth in Barents Russia

A new comparative survey shows that the economy in the Russian part of the Barents Region shows clear signs of recovery. The mining and construction industries are the two main growth sectors in the region.

LNG construction on Yamal in 2012

Russia's largest independent gas producer Novatek plans to start construction of an LNG production plant on the Yamal Peninsula in 2012.