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Governor election race has started

Jun 27 2014

Governor election race has started

June 27 is the deadline for nominating the candidates for the post of Murmansk governor.

For the moment 6 people officially announced their participation in the governor race. According to the voting of the regional branches of respective parties, they are:

SUEK are looking for new markets

Jun 26 2014

SUEK are looking for new markets

The largest Russian coal producer has extensive plans for the future.

According to the company's annual report, the total investment of SUEK (JSC "Siberian Energy Coal Company") in production, processing and transportation infrastructure in the years 2014-2018 is estimated of average 18-19 billion rubles annually. This can allow the company to increase the coal production by 10-15 million tons of and to increase its export by nearly the same figure over the next 5 years.

Whose business is business?

Jun 25 2014

Whose business is business?

Russian businessmen asked Putin not to change the existing order of initiating criminal prosecution for tax offences.

The president of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Alexander Shokhin sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin a letter asking him to keep the order of proceedings on tax cases, according to which such cases can be started only on presentation of the Federal Tax Service.

Kovtun discusses Murmansk gasification with Gazprom

Jun 20 2014

Kovtun discusses Murmansk gasification with Gazprom

Acting Governor of the Murmansk region and the Сhairman of "Gazprom" discussed possible corrections to the pipeline scheme.

During the meeting held in Moscow the Acting Governor of the Murmansk region Marina Kovtun and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of JSC "Gazprom" Alexey Miller discussed options for the gasification of the Murmansk region.

Total offered new technologies for Shtokman gas field

Jun 20 2014

Total offered new technologies for Shtokman gas field

The new agreement on Shtokman should provide for liquefying almost 100 percent of the natural gas produced at the first stage of the field development.

The French petroleum company "Total" proposed to the Russian "Gazprom" to restart the project "Shtokman gas field" using new technological solutions. This was announced at the World Petroleum Congress by the company's Senior Vice President of Exploration and Production for Continental Europe and Central Asia Michael Borrell. "We offered new technologies. Hope for a soon resumption of Shtokman," he said to Itar-Tass, having called the Shtokman project "beautiful".

Lukoil joins Gazprom on the Barents shelf

Jun 19 2014

Lukoil joins Gazprom on the Barents shelf

The largest private oil company in Russia revised the last year's decision not to invest in the Arctic shelf development.

On the sidelines of 21th World Petroleum Congress held this year in Moscow the president of the leading Russian oil company "Lukoil" Vagit Alekperov informed the press that before the end of the year his company would create a joint venture with "Gazprom" to explore a number of areas of the Barents Sea. The share of "Lukoil" is supposed to be 34%.

Second chance for "Russian Lapland"

Jun 19 2014

Second chance for "Russian Lapland"

The touristic and recreational project in the Murmansk region was included in the federal government program.

The Russian government approved a strategy for tourism development in the Russian Federation for the period until 2020. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on that matter.

Could be aluminium bonanza on Kola Peninsula

Jun 16 2014

Could be aluminium bonanza on Kola Peninsula

Deposits of raw materials for making aluminium found on the Kola Peninsula.

 

Scientists have discovered huge deposits of aluminium silicate in the Murmansk region. The mineral kyanite (chemical formula Al2SiO5) can be used as a nonconventional raw material for the production of aluminium. Half of Russian aluminium is made from imported raw materials, so the discovery can have a crucial influence on the industry.

Northern trips are back in fashion

Jun 16 2014

Northern trips are back in fashion

Cruise Arkhangelsk – Solovetsky Islands to relaunch after 20-year break

 

In Soviet times expedition cruises and tours of the Northern Sea Route, the White Sea, and the Solovetsky Archipelago were very popular among tourists. The regional tour operator "Solovetsky cruises" decided to resume sea journeys from Arkhangelsk to Solovetsky Islands, which last sailed about 20 years ago.

Families of heli crash victims get financial aid

Jun 10 2014

Families of heli crash victims get financial aid

Aid comes to the injured and relatives of the deceased. Investigation is underway.

 

The Mi-8 helicopter crashed in the evening on May 31 in the Murmansk region. It fell into the Lake Munozero and sank at a depth of about three meters. 18 persons were on board, of which two survived and were hospitalized. The search for one body continues. Among the 15 identified bodies there was the deputy governor of the Murmansk region Sergey Skomorokhov and the CEO of JSC "Apatit" Alexei Grigoriev.