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Russian oil exploration team reaches North Pole

27 August 2014

Russia’s Marine Arctic Geological Expedition (MAGE), which is conducting geological and geophysical research into the hydrocarbon potential of the Russian continental shelf outside the country’s 200-mile Arctic Ocean exclusive economic zone (EEZ), reached the North Pole on August 10.

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The scientific research vessel Academik Fedorov is accompanied by the nuclear icebreaker Yamal on the expedition, which aims to survey an area of more than 350,000 sq.km. A MAGE press release says this is the first time seismic exploration has been conducted at these latitudes.

MAGE is assessing the structure of the Earth’s crust and sedimentary cover under the Podvodnikov, Amundsen and Nansen Seas, and also on the continental shelf of the East Siberian Sea. The geophysical and bathymetry data obtained will be used for the assessment of hydrocarbon development potential in the region, and will form part of Russia’s application to the UN’s Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf to extend its economic zone beyond the current 200-mile limit.

Work is scheduled for completion at the end of September this year.


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