Prirazlomnoye oil field, Russia

Description
Prirazlomnoye field is an Arctic offshore oil field located in the Pechora Sea, south of Novaya Zemlya, Russia. The field development is based on the single stationary Prirazlomnaya platform, which is the first Arctic-class ice-resistant oil platform in the world. The field was discovered in 1989. In 1993, the development license was issued to Rosshelf, a subsidiary of Gazprom. In June 2000, Gazprom and German energy company Wintershall signed a memorandum on cooperation in developing the Prirazlomnoye field. In 2002, the license was transferred to Sevmorneftegaz, a joint venture of Gazprom and Rosneft. Later Sevmorneftegaz became a wholly owned subsidiary of Gazprom.
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Basic Data
NamePrirazlomnoye oil field, Russia
CountryRussian Federation
SitePechora Sea
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Oil and gas exploration and extraction
Specific CommoditiesCrude oil
Project Details and Actors
Project Details
Prirazlomnoye field has reserves of 610 million barrels (97 million cubic metres); projected oil production comes up to some 6 million tons a year (to be reached after 2020).
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Level of Investment (in USD)2,600,000,000
Start Date01/01/2004
Company Names or State EnterprisesRosshelf from Russian Federation
Rosneft from Russian Federation
Gazprom Neft Shelf from Russian Federation
Wintershall from Germany
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersGreenpeace Russia, Russian Bird Conservation Union, WWF Russia, Bellona Russia, Socio-Ecological Union
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingInternational ejos
Local ejos
Forms of MobilizationCreation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Appeals/recourse to economic valuation of the environment
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution
Potential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Oil spills, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Occupational disease and accidents
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCriminalization of activists
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.Most of the protests were not taken into account. The company didn't consider it necessary to conduct additional research in the field of environmental protection and protection from oil spills.
Sources and Materials
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Joint statement by Greenpeace Russia, Russian Bird Conservation Union, WWF Russia, Bellona Russia, Socio-Ecological Union
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General information (English)
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10 reasons to take action to stop Gazprom's Prirazlomnaya oil platform
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Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise ship case
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"Gazprom Neft Shelf" refused to take part in the meeting with environmental organizations
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Prirazlomnaya oil spill would threaten Russian Arctic with irreparable disaster: study
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Media Links

Greenpeace action on the Anna Akhmatova ship (27.08.2012)
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Greenpeace Activists board Gazprom Arctic Oil Platform
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GreenPeace ship boarded by Russia, 2 Canadians arrested
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Other Documents

Dmitry Medvedev by Prirzlomnaja https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Приразломная_(нефтяная_платформа)
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platform "Prirazlomnaja" http://pravdaurfo.ru/news/gazprom-nachal-dobychu-na-prirazlomnom-mestorozhdenii
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Plattform http://russiancouncil.ru/inner/?id_4=3373#top
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Location http://www.ir.lv/en/2013/11/6/starptautiskais-tribunals-sak-izskatit-greenpeace-kuga-lietu/opinions
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Greenpeace protest http://www.bellona.ru/articles_ru/articles_2012/1345814437.87
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potential oil pollution http://www.greenpeace.org/russia/en/news/Prirazlomnaya-oil-spill-would-threaten-Russian-Arctic-with-irreparable-disaster-study-/
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Greenpeace actions http://www.geo.de/GEO/natur/oekologie/greenpeace-protest-gericht-verlangt-freiheit-fuer-arctic-sunrise-76568.html
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The Brazilian activist Paula Maciel Alminhana in court in St. Petersburg http://www.geo.de/GEO/natur/oekologie/greenpeace-protest-gericht-verlangt-freiheit-fuer-arctic-sunrise-76568.html
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PROTEST IN GYMNASTICS WORLD CUP https://www.greenpeace.de/themen/protest-beim-gymnastik-worldcup
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PROTEST IN GYMNASTICS WORLD CUP https://www.greenpeace.de/themen/protest-beim-gymnastik-worldcup
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Last update17/09/2014
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