The agreements were concentrated along Russia's Arctic petroleum frontier, and the three that survived the longest involved oil or gas extraction in the Arctic. This article analyses and compares the contents and contexts of the agreements, to ascertain what they have to tell about access for international companies to Russia's offshore petroleum resources and the influence of competing Russian political actors over the country's petroleum sector.
The article argues that the new partnerships did represent an intention to open up the Russian continental shelf, and that the agreements were driven and shaped by a series of needs: to secure foreign capital and competence, to reduce exploration risk, to lobby for a better tax framework, to show the government that necessary action was being taken to launch exploration activities, to improve Rosneft's image abroad, and either to avert or prepare for future privatisation of state companies such as Rosneft.
- Published year: 2013
- Full version: https://www.academia.edu/29277864/Rosnefts_offshore_partnerships_the_re-opening_of_the_Russian_petroleum_frontier
- Language: Engelsk
- Pages: 140 - 153
- Volume: 49
- Booklet: 249
- Journal: Polar Record