Governor of Murmansk Oblast Dmitry Dmitriyenko is at the present in Norway, where he has had meetings with representatives for Norwegian oil industry and the successful oil cluster in Stavanger, Norway’s oil capital.

During the meetings the Norwegian side expressed interest in establishing a joint technical base for the Shtokman gas field at Shipyard no. 35 in Murmansk, spokesperson for the Murmansk Regional Government Pavel Lysenko says to RIA Novosti. If the project is approved by the Russian Government, the Russian Bank for Foreign Economic Activity could contribute with a long-term financial participation.

AS BarentsObserver reported, Murmansk Oblast is strengthening ties with Norway’s oil capital Stavanger. During Dmitriyenko’s visist to Stavanger he and Mayor of Rogaland County Tom Tvedt signed a letter of intent on cooperation on fields like economy, technology and science, Rogaland County’s web site reads.

- The agreement on delimitation of the Barents Sea has created new optimism and new possibilities for extended cooperation with the Murmansk region, Tvedt says. – This letter of intent will make it easier for public organizations and industry to develop closer cooperation for our common good, he adds.

The letter of intent will be followed up with an industrial action program that will be signed during Tvedt’s return visit to Murmansk in September-October.

This is the third cooperation agreement Rogaland enters with a region in Northwest-Russia. Earlier the county has entered agreements with Arkhangelsk and Nenets.

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