Rosneft and ExxonMobil Finalize Arctic Research Center and Technology
WASHINGTON -- June 11, 2013
Rosneft and ExxonMobil today signed final agreements establishing a joint
Arctic Research Center (ARC) in Russia and an over-arching technology sharing
agreement to support the companies’ joint ventures worldwide.
Formally named the Arctic Research and Design Center for Continental Shelf
Development, the ARC will provide the Rosneft and ExxonMobil joint ventures a
full range of research, development and technical services, with near-term
focus on the Kara Sea.
Initial activities include work in the areas of safety and environmental
protection; ice, metocean and geotechnical surveys; sea ice management;
development of design criteria; and the evaluation and design of development
concepts. The ARC will build on current best practices of Rosneft and
ExxonMobil to develop technologies that are environmentally safe, and more
effective and efficient.
Rosneft President and Chairman of the Management Board Igor Sechin said,
“Projects in the framework of our strategic partnership with ExxonMobil pose a
number of challenges. The ARC will be a platform for development of the most
up-to-date and efficient technologies aimed at project implementation in
complex and challenging climate and technological conditions. Environmental
safety is our priority, and we believe the technologies developed in the ARC
will enable us to implement our joint projects in the safest and most
efficient way to the benefit of all participants of Arctic exploration.”
“Technology and expertise have been the cornerstones of ExxonMobil’s success
in the Arctic for the past 90 years,” said Sara N. Ortwein, president of
ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company. “The Arctic Research Center and our
technology sharing agreement provide new opportunities to combine our
knowledge and expertise with the talented people at Rosneft to meet the next
set of challenges in the Arctic and deepwater.”
The agreements support implementation of the companies’ August 2011 long-term
strategic cooperation agreement.
ExxonMobil will provide $200 million in funding for the center’s initial
research work and Rosneft and ExxonMobil will equally fund the next $250
million to continue their joint research work. The partners’ interests are
Rosneft 66.67 percent and ExxonMobil 33.33 percent. ARC staff will be located
with the Rosneft and ExxonMobil joint venture teams in Moscow to promote
resource efficiency and interaction between technical and management staffs.
The ARC initially will be staffed with experts from ExxonMobil and Rosneft.
The agreements were signed in Washington D.C. by Sechin and Ortwein, with Rex
W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation
(NYSE:XOM), and other executives from both companies in attendance.
As part of the joint work between the companies, Rosneft and ExxonMobil
management attended an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in
Washington. The ‘Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced
with Music’ exhibition was organized in collaboration with the Victoria and
Albert Museum in London with major funding provided by Rosneft and ExxonMobil.
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