Russian Roulette: International Oil Company Risk in the Russian Arctic

21 Apr 2013 anna
arctic-jv-russian-rouletteInternational Oil Companies (IOCs) face pressure from investors to achieve a positive reserves replacement ratio. With governments around the world increasingly asserting control over natural resources in their territory, as well as conventional oil reserves dwindling, the Arctic is one of the frontier areas targeted by IOCs. In Russia, IOCs have entered a number of joint ventures (JVs) with Russian national oil and gas companies Rosneft (Eni, Exxon, Statoil) and Gazprom (Shell). BP has additionally become Rosneft’s largest independent shareholder. Published on the eve of Shell’s 2013 AGM, this report by Platform, Greenpeace UK and ShareAction challenges the Western companies’ investors to ask questions of their Russian Arctic plans.
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Shell’s multiple operational setbacks in the Alaskan Arctic in 2012 and the company’s failure to meet US regulatory requirements on time serve as a warning that even the most ‘advanced’ of IOCs are not prepared for the challenging Arctic waters. Shell’s experience in the Alaskan Arctic has had a knock on effect on the exploration plans of ConocoPhillips and Statoil. Total put out a statement saying it refused to drill for Arctic oil.
From an investor perspective, the Russian Arctic exploration alliances expose IOCs and their shareholders to risks including poor environmental and safety performance, questionable corporate governance, an unpredictable political, regulatory and fiscal regime and a lack of corporate transparency.
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