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Rosneft-ExxonMobil successfully complete arctic research expedition

10th June 2014

The Kara-Winter-2014 Ice Expedition, organised by the Arctic Research and Design Center (a joint venture of Rosneft and ExxonMobil with support from the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute Federal State Budget Institution) has finished field studies in the Arctic Ocean

Rosneft-ExxonMobil arctic research expedition successfully completed
The results will allow Rosneft to determine safe points for exploration works, to design drilling platforms and other constructions for oil production, to choose routes for transportation of hydrocarbons and possible routes of offshore pipelines

The Kara-Winter-2014 Ice Expedition, organised by the Arctic Research and Design Center (a joint venture of Rosneft and ExxonMobil) has finished field studies in the Arctic Ocean.

Scientists spent 63-days studying the Laptev, Kara, and East-Siberian Seas on board the Yamal Ice-Breaker, as well as carrying out work off the coast of the Novaya Zemlya and Severnaya Zemlya archipelagoes, and De Long Islands.

It has been the largest expedition in the Arctic Ocean since the USSR collapse. 

On the basis of the received data there will be constructed 3D models of ice features, allowing Rosneft to determine safe points for exploration works, to design drilling platforms and other constructions for oil production, to choose routes for transportation of hydrocarbons and possible routes of offshore pipelines.

Remote-piloted vehicles and helicopter KA-32 were involved in the exploration of ice cover, including the state-of-the-art Gnom remotely operated vehicle with a submersion depth of up to 100 metres for the exploration of the seafloor. The participants of Ice Expedition studied the gouging traces at the bottom of the sea, which can show drift directions and maximum keels of hummocks.

Data received in the course of the expedition may prove vital in understanding the delicate arctic ecosystem.

The scientists carried out ice and meteorological measurements at 35 stations, with 40 drifting buoys being installed at ice fields and icebergs to allow the constant monitoring of ice feature coordinates in order to determine driftage and trajectory.

During the Ice Expedition, scientists were observing oceanic mammals and birds in order to evaluate potential impact of oil production to arctic nature, and to develop environmental regulations for shelf development.

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