Murmansk, Russia

This case study represents the most internationalised project in the Russian Western Arctic and focuses on if and how foreign and Russian CSR practices are being integrated in a Russian context

The Shtokman project has been put on hold. Originally, through work by Shtokman Development AG (SDAG), natural gas production was scheduled to begin in 2016 with an LNG Plant scheduled to be commissioned in 2017.

When the project was expected to be active, SDAG launched a wide program for social responsibility and local involvement focusing on increasing local content in the project as required in their contract, implementing ecological improvements in the area, increasing capacity of local employees, and interacting with indigenous populations and environmental organisations. Working groups were established with regional governments in Murmansk and Arkhangelsk to coordinate these activities. In 2009, SDAG signed a letter of intent with WWF for information exchange about Phase 1 of the Shtokman project.

Even before securing its place on the Shtokman project, Statoil was implementing CSR programmes in both regions by establishing local supply industry organisations according to the same model as PetroArctic in Hammerfest. Statoil was also funding petroleum-related educational programs in Arkhangelsk and Murmansk along with vocational training in Murmansk, plus supporting environmental research institutions and oil spill response systems. In contrast, Total and Gazprom, the other SDAG partners, had had limited independent CSR programs in this location; however, Statoil now has almost involvement in Shtokman.

Had Shtokman gone ahead, and if it still does go ahead, this case study would represent the most internationalised project in the Russian Western Arctic, focusing on if and how foreign and Russian CSR practices are being integrated in a Russian context. In addition to permitting Norway-Russia comparisons regarding the work of the supplier associations, this case study also represents a situation where extensive petroleum-related CSR was expected, but is now on hold indefinitely.

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Murmansk in the summertime (Photo: Julia S. P. Loe)
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