Kobylkin told how the UN reacted on the Russia’s bid on the Arctic shelf
During the preliminary discussions UN experts highly appreciated the level of elaboration of the Russian’s bid on the Arctic shelf extension, said Dmitry Kobylkin, the head of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
The subcommittee of the organization will consider this document on the March and August. Denis Khramov, First Deputy Minister, will take part in the spring meeting.
In the November Kobylkin declared that in the near future there was no hope for a positive decision of the UN Commission due to the difficult foreign policy situation.
In 2001 Russia claimed on hydrocarbon-rich shelf area, including Lomonosov Ridge and Mendeleev-Alpha Ridge. The bid was rejected due to the lack of geological information.
New expeditions to the North Pole, the Arctic Ocean researches and bathymetric survey took more than 10 years. According to the projections, the region can have 4.9 billion tons of standard fuel.
According to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, in order to extend the shelf it’s necessary to prove the continental nature of the adjacent geological structures at the bottom of the ocean.