The Arctic region contains large amounts of natural resources considered necessary to sustain global economic growth, so it is unsurprising that it is a region that is increasingly susceptible to political, economic, environmental, and even military conflicts. For this reason, The Arctic tends to be seen as an arena for conflicts, rivalry and competition. International Cooperation and Arctic Petroleum represents an alternative view – a fresh look at development of Arctic petroleum resources as a potential area for value creation by way of cooperative endeavour.
Using an in-depth case study of development in The Barents Sea region, with particular focus on Norwegian-Russian relations and experience, International Cooperation and Arctic Petroleum demonstrates successful international cooperation. The prospects and challenges for further development of petroleum resources are thoroughly analysed, and based on this analysis, possible scenarios for cooperative development of the petroleum industry are mapped out. A cross-disciplinary approach integrating insights from geopolitics, governance, resource management and international management, provides valuable new knowledge of opportunities and challenges for petroleum industry development across the entire Arctic region. These insights are integrated with an analysis of the technological advances with a focus on which technologies are safe for personnel and the environment in the harsh and difficult climatic conditions existing in The Arctic.
International Cooperation and Arctic Petroleum should be of interest to students, scholars and policy-makers working in the areas of Arctic studies, oil and gas studies, energy security, global environmental governance, environmental politics and environmental technology.
Part 1: Introduction
1. Setting up the stage: Importance of cooperation in development of petroleum resources Anatoli Bourmistrov and Frode Mellemvik
Part 2: Geopolitical, Economic and Governance Issues
2. Global and Arctic Politics and the Prospects for Petroleum Development in the Barents Sea Elana Wilson Rowe, Sergei Vasiljev, Nodari Simonia
3. Resource management regimes and regulation of activities in Te Barents Sea Alexei Bambulyak
4. Issues of cross-national enterprise cooperation Anatoli Bourmistrov
5. Local versus central governments and issues of governance in Northern Norway and Russia: Opportunities and Consequences Aileen Espiritu
Part 3: Needs for and Perspectives on the Development of the New Cold Climate Region –Technological Issues
6. Seismic and reservoirs Anatoly Zolotukhin, Gennady Ivanov and Mark Verba
7. Development technology Ove T. Gudmestad and Alexander N. Papusha
8. Operations, modifications and maintenance Tore Markeset, Ove T. Gudmestad and Javad Barabady
9. Preparedness, safety and rescue Ove Njå
10. The Environment and HMS Tor Hemmingsen and Roald Kommedal
11. Winterization of onshore plant facilities Per-Arne Sundsbø
12. Scenarios for Cooperative Development of the petroleum industry in The Barents Sea Alexey Bambulyak, Anatoli Bourmistrov, Aileen Espiritu, Ove T. Gudmestad, Frode Mellemvik, Petter Nore, Anatoly Zolotukhin, Elana Wilson Rowe
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Anatoli Bourmistrov is a professor at the University of Nordland, Norway.