Shell Continues to Delay

"Progress related to the final construction of the Arctic Challenger containment barge remains steady," Shell spokesman Curtis Smith told Petroleum News in an Aug. 15 email. "We continue to work closely with the U.S. Coast Guard to outline a schedule for final inspections and an on-water deployment that would lead to certification. There's no set timeline for the completion of this important process."

petroleumnews.com: Shell continues to delay drilling, waiting for containment barge

alaskadispatch.com: Shell's oil spill-containment barge for Arctic operations was once for the birds

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Just avoid Oil Rigs, Icebergs and make Money

More background on this game at theoilrace.com, on the first full year operating Russian Arctic oil rig Prirazlomnaya with oil tanker shuttle service at platformlondon.org and here (Russian).

Updates

offshore-technology.com: Prirazlomnoye Oilfield - Russian Federation

Manually Drawn Antidepressants, Episode 2

Seen on the walls of New York.

Via: Reno Rambler

Russian Oil and Gas field in Barents and Kara Sea

credit: RIANOVOSTI

Oil and gas fields infographic just blogged for future reference. Also Wikipedia has an entry covering the East-Prinovozemelsky field, Kara sea. And the Barents Sea resources, shared between Norway and Russia as seen by the UNEP's 'The Environment Times'.

More Consolidation: NSR, Shell, Seattle, Kulluk

China-Briefing.com has more details on the first 2011 NSR Transit and states: Sovcomflot, a state-owned shipping line, has been earmarked to provide year-round Arctic shipping routes at the request of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

TheArcticSounder.com namely Alex DeMarban interviewed Brian Miller, Shell’s project development manager for Alaska, on a next generation oil platform ready for round year production in Beaufort Sea. Miller is convinced the rig will withstand ice drift and the vehemence of multi-year ice several meters thick. The one-legged 100,000 ton structure will cost some billion dollars.

Tracy Record writing for the WestSeattleBlog ...

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No Drill - No Spill

The estimated oil resources in the Arctic will satisfy world consumption for 3 years at current rate, reconstitution after the Exxon Valdez catastrophe is an unfinished business since more than twenty years.

Any drilling well puts the Arctic at risk. In case of an oil spill there is not enough day light during winter, not enough ice-capable vessels for clean-up operations and not enough hotel rooms for volunteers and emergency workers.

The support infrastructure lacks harbors and airports, the Coast Guard helicopters and ice-breaker and contractors high latitude experience. Harsh weather and low temperature are demanding for ...

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