• 2020 January 7 12:23

    A Gazprom Neft expedition has confirmed an increase in the grey whale population in the Sea of Okhotsk

    Gazprom Neft announced it has completed ecological monitoring of grey whale populations at the Ayashsky license block, offshore from Sakhalin Island, with expedition members registering more than 550 animals in the course of a five-month survey.

    The ecological monitoring of grey whales in the Sea of Okhotsk forms part of a joint programme being implemented by oil and gas companies operating in Sakhalin. Gazprom Neft joined the programme in 2017, on starting development of its Ayashsky license block.

    Researchers conducted 58 sorties on the Siem Sapphire support vessel between June and October, obtaining more than 30,000 photographs — all of them taken from a special high-speed boat, involving the use of professional equipment at a distance of 600–800 metres from the whales, thus not disturbing the animals.

    Photographs and research materials help keep tabs on individual animals living within the monitoring area. At the end of each expedition images are passed to the A.V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Centre for Marine Biology (part of the Far East branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences). Here, the best shots are selected for cataloguing, with a chronology of each encounter with a whale maintained. Whales can be identified from the pattern of white spots on their tails, in a similar way to human fingerprints. This photographic evidence makes it possible to monitor any changes in the whale — the animal’s skin can indicate its health and age.

    During the expedition researchers also obtained data on the distribution of underwater acoustic waves — something that will help reduce industrial impacts on whale habitats. Gazprom Neft is already using low-volume vessels in areas where whales congregate, limiting vessel speeds and selecting routes away from mammal feeding grounds.

    «Environmental protection and responsible resources management are key priorities in our company’s business. We joined the grey whale monitoring programme immediately on starting operations at the Ayashsky license block, and use the most modern vessels and equipment here. This is one of the most wide-ranging ecology programmes in the industry, and is a prime example of effective collaboration between oil and gas companies in conserving wildlife. Observations show the Okhostk—Korean grey whale population — which was, quite recently, on the point of extinction — is now increasing. Monitoring is giving us the opportunity to learn more about these rare mammals, and to make our own contribution to ensuring environmental well-being on the Sakhalin Island continental shelf», said Alexander Korobkov General Director, Gazpromneft-Sakhalin.


2020 February 25

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12:42 Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg upgrades its fleet of production equipment
12:17 COSCO SHIPPING Lines maintains logistics chain for international trade
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2020 February 24

16:43 MOL and DSME sign joint development agreement for environmental friendly FSRU technology
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2020 February 23

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2020 February 22

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2020 February 21

18:12 Digitization of KN: paper is no longer used in the operation of Klaipėda LNG terminal
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15:25 Russia's Main Department of State Expertise approved adjusted design documentation under Nord Stream 2 project
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13:01 COSCO SHIPPING Lines provides water and rail transport services
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12:12 ABS to class world’s largest B-Tank VLECs by Jiangnan
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2020 February 20

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