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.
According to Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund Gazprom is not prepared to deal adequately with a spill associated with oil production.
By the autumn 2012 the platform has not been put into operation, the start of production was postponed for a year - until September 2013. The decision was based on the unprofitability of the project and identified by Ministry for the Environment ecological risks. Environmentalists associated this postpone with the actions of Greenpeace.
Protest actions: - September 2011: Publication of Joint statement by Greenpeace Russia, Russian Bird Conservation Union, WWF Russia, Bellona Russia, Socio-Ecological Union. In the statement ecologists are asking to suspend further work on the installation platform, to hold an open and comprehensive discussion of environmental security and to ensure information transparency of the project documentation. Environmentalists draw attention to the difficult environmental conditions: air temperature down to -40, the winds at a speed of 30 meters per second, the ice cover up to 2 meters, frequent storms. The project does not take into account the consequences of a possible accident. There is a danger to biodiversity and the proximity to the nature reserve (100 km). Environmentalists also point to the problem of flaring of associated gas.
- 15 November 2011: a meeting of environmental organizations and "Gazprom Neft Shelf" dedicated to the issues of oil spill on the field "Prirazlomnoe” was planned. At the last moment "Gazprom Neft Shelf" refused to participate.
- 24 August 2012: a group of Greenpeace activists under Kumi Naidoo intruded into the platform and put up a banner "Don't kill the Arctic".
- 18 September 2013: Greenpeace's ship Arctic Sunrise circled the Prirazlomnaya oil rig while three crew attempted to board the platform. In response, the Russian Coast Guardseized control of the ship and detained the activists On the 18th of April 2014 the tanker "Mikhail Ulyanov" has shipped the first batch of oil from the field. On the 1st of May the "Greenpeace” vessel “Rainbow Warrior III” tried to prevent this tanker to enter the port of Rotterdam; 30 activists were arrested and the operations go ahead.