[QUOTE=Tups;188011]When I lived in Svalbard, they talked about the past drilling campaigns on the archipelago. As far as I know, they never found economically viable deposits. Bringing a nuclear-powered icebreaker to Svea would have been… interesting.
By the way, no-one questioned your knowledge about Arctic oil drilling. Singapore has produced more icebreaking offshore vessels than all the American shipyards combined.*
(* that would be two against one, but as they say, you can’t be just a little bit pregnant…)[/QUOTE]
Then maybe this brings back memories?: https://www.trollheimsporten.no/soendagsbrev-fra-svalbard.4792486-159129.html
BTW; No Russian ice breaker was used, but contact was established and cost estimate was made just in case we should need to bring in additional supplies in the middle of winter. (Emergency procedure in case of blow-out etc.)
To transport the rig and supplies to Svea a Jebsen ship that was ice strengthen and due to carry the last load of coal from Longyearbyen that year was used at less than 25% of the cost of bringing in ice strengthened AHTSs from Canada, as originally proposed.
Return voyage was not until the ice had broken in the fjord the next summer.
Land transport from there was by sledge and snowmobile, which was only allowed after 1.Jan. to protect the fauna and flora from any damages.
No, nothing was found and not a single arctic plant, or aquatic insect was destroyed in the process.
PS> I was never on Svalbard. By the time they actually did the job I was safely back in Singapore.