Russia’s Discovery of 511 Billion Barrels of Oil in Antarctica: A Real Climate and Geopolitical Threat

Signed in Washington since 1959 Antarctic Treaty, the vast white continent is, in a certain sense, the common good of mankind, an untouchable land except for scientists. They have a lot of sites there where they can do a lot of research, especially on the terrible acceleration of climate change and the giant volcanoes that are still unknown.

Scientists are doing a lot of drilling there. In doing so, the Russians seem to have made a discovery a few years ago — one that is worrisome — or at least announced it.

A colossal discovery: 511 billion barrels of oil discovered under Antarctica

As reported Newsweek Or The Daily Telegraph, thus they would have discovered an underground world rich in gas and oil. Enough to reshuffle the global energy and geopolitical cards, and put the final brakes on Earth’s transition from dependence on hydrocarbons to energies that don’t turn it into an uninhabitable burning ball.

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From 2023 onwards, morning Cape Town has raised international concerns around the Academic Alexandre Karpinsky, a Russian ship sailing between South Africa and the White Continent.

The Daily Telegraph summarizes the reason for this fear expressed by climate activists: If the scientists on the polar research vessel were engaged in drilling and geological and seismic surveys, these appeared to be aimed at searching for oil or natural gas reserves. in Antarctica, despite an international ban on its exploitation.

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What about men and women Roseggio, a giant Russian company that defies fears or hopes, depending on which side of the fence you’re behind. Following the estimates of Russian scientists, Newsweek talks about the huge reserves of 511 billion barrels of black gold in the “British part” of the White Continent (although these nationalities do not really mean anything).

511 billion barrels of oil? According to US media calculations, this is 10 times more than what has been produced in the North Sea in the past 50 years. Or, according to figures provided by the Daily Telegraph, nearly double the known reserves of world giant Saudi Arabia. A lot of head turning is enough.

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Antarctica, the unsurpassed but much-loved continent

Amidst the acute and global coronavirus crisis, the Daily Telegraph reports that this potential innovation, starting in 2020, has gone somewhat under the radar. Four years later, she asked questions again through members of the British Parliament.

They worry somewhat more than the scientific intentions of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, certainly a signatory to the Antarctic Treaty, but known for its particular vision of respecting international boundaries, especially (but not only) from full-scale invasion. Ukraine in February 2022.

“Russia Collects Seismic Data That May Be Interpreted For Prospecting Rather Than Research”explained Members of Parliament British, underrated by everyone, is Klaus Dodds, an Antarctic expert and professor of geopolitics at Royal Holloway College.

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More directly, Russian research, according to him, can create “A conscious decision to weaken standards related to seismic research in Antarctica, ultimately the first step toward future exploitation.”.

If Russia continues to assure other countries that it is only interested in science in this matter, then we know that the main component of the war in Ukraine is the Western sanctions and whose flows it had. Redirect, but at a price Discounttowards India or China, sometimes with the help of its vast (and dangerous) ghost fleet.

From discovery to exploitation, there is not one step, but ten, but no one knows what Russia’s approach will ultimately be, and it will be enough to feed the world’s deadly thirst for hydrocarbons for another four decades. .

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China, it has been explained for many years and recently RFI, opening a fifth base on the White Continent, seeking to position itself as a major Antarctic nation, and the largest consumer of hydrocarbons. Perhaps the same can be said about the old norms about exploiting the resources of the southern land – or rather restricting Russia’s far-reaching ambitions.

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping will reportedly discuss the matter during the former’s visit to Beijing this week. Le Figaro ?

This article was originally published on May 15.

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