Big Oil Playground, Russian Bear Preserve Or European Periphery?: The Russian Barents Sea Region Towards 2015
In the far northwestern corner of Russia lies the Barents Sea: a rich region of natural resources that has yet to be fully exploited. Future actions taken in Barents will create major environmental, political, and economic ripples around the globe. Big Oil Playground, Russian Bear Preserve or European Periphery? explores three plausible and thought-provoking scenarios for the region's future over the next two decades.
The volume considers whether the international energy industry will transform Barents into a "big oil playground," if environmental protection rules will make it a "Russian bear preserve," or if integration into world trade will put it on the "European periphery." The result is a valuable resource for understanding the changing dynamics and challenges in modern public planning and a globalized economy.
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Preface and Acknowledgements
There will be fewer people
Oil and gas boom or postponement?
The economy will continue to depend on natural
The political picture will change but how?
Pristine wilderness or environmental disaster zone?
Big Oil Playground
Russian Bear Preserve
Comparing the scenarios
Barents Russia a region at the receiving end
About the authors
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2015 Working paper activity Arctic Arkhangelsk Oblast Barents region Barents Russia 2015 Barents Sea Big Oil Playground boom border Centre decline disputed area ECON electricity energy prices environmental factor Federal Okrug federal subjects Finland fisheries fishing fleet forestry gas industry gas resources gas sector Gazprom Goskomstat growth heavy industry Hønneland important increased increasingly indigenous infrastructure investment issues Kola NPP Kola Peninsula Komi Republic lobby major ment migration military mining and metallurgy Moscow Murmansk Oblast natural resources Nenets Autonomous Okrug Nordic countries Northern Northern Dimension Norway Norwegian nuclear power offshore oil and gas oil export oil pipeline oil prices onshore Oslo Pechora Sea Petersburg petroleum political pollution population port potential power prices price reforms production programmes projects Putin reindeer Republic of Karelia role Rosneft Russian Bear Preserve Russian economy Russian oil shipyards Shtokmanovskoye Soviet strategic Timan-Pechora tion Transneft Western Siberia Yukos