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Prirazlomnoye oil field, Russia

Prirazlomnoye is an Arctic offshore oil field located in the Pechora Sea, capable of extracting 5 million tons per year. In 2012-13 Greenpeace and other environmental organizations protested strongly because of the risk of oil spills.


Prirazlomnoye field is an Arctic offshore oil field located in the Pechora Sea, south of Novaya Zemlya, Russia. The field development is based on the single stationary Prirazlomnaya platform, which is the first Arctic-class ice-resistant oil platform in the world. The field was discovered in 1989. In 1993, the development license was issued to Rosshelf, a subsidiary of Gazprom. In June 2000, Gazprom and German energy company Wintershall signed a memorandum on cooperation in developing the Prirazlomnoye field.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Prirazlomnoye oil field, Russia
Country:Russian Federation
Location of conflict:Pechora Sea
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Oil and gas exploration and extraction
Specific commodities:Crude oil
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Prirazlomnoye field has reserves of 610 million barrels (97 million cubic metres); projected oil production comes up to some 6 million tons a year (to be reached after 2020).

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Level of Investment for the conflictive project2,600,000,000
Start of the conflict:01/01/2004
Company names or state enterprises:Rosshelf from Russian Federation
Rosneft from Russian Federation
Gazprom Neft Shelf from Russian Federation
Wintershall from Germany
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Greenpeace Russia, Russian Bird Conservation Union, WWF Russia, Bellona Russia, Socio-Ecological Union
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:International ejos
Local ejos
Forms of mobilization:Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Appeals/recourse to economic valuation of the environment
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution
Potential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Oil spills, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Occupational disease and accidents
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Criminalization of activists
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:Most of the protests were not taken into account. The company didn't consider it necessary to conduct additional research in the field of environmental protection and protection from oil spills.
Sources & Materials

General information (English)
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10 reasons to take action to stop Gazprom's Prirazlomnaya oil platform
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Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise ship case
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"Gazprom Neft Shelf" refused to take part in the meeting with environmental organizations
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Prirazlomnaya oil spill would threaten Russian Arctic with irreparable disaster: study
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Joint statement by Greenpeace Russia, Russian Bird Conservation Union, WWF Russia, Bellona Russia, Socio-Ecological Union
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(1) Barents Observer, Atle Staalesen, 19 March 2018.
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Greenpeace Activists board Gazprom Arctic Oil Platform
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Greenpeace action on the Anna Akhmatova ship (27.08.2012)
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GreenPeace ship boarded by Russia, 2 Canadians arrested
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Meta information
Contributor:Natalia Finogenova
Last update18/08/2019
Conflict ID:1558
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