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Murmansk Seeks to Become the "Russian Stavanger"

Murmansk is ready to apply the experiences made by Stavanger, the Norwegian town which in the course of few years developed into a national petroleum capital. Last week, the regions signed two cooperation agreements.

In few decades, the petroleum resources in the North Sea transformed Stavanger from a small fishing town into a hub for oil and gas companies. Now it is one of the richest towns in the world, Murmansk Governor Dmitry Dmitriyenko says in a press release.

Last week, the governor signed two cooperation agreements with the Rogaland County, the region where Stavanger is located.

"I can say that we already now are doing much, which is based on this experience [of Stavanger], and a closer cooperation will allow us to solve many practical questions which appear in our everyday work", Governor Dmitriyenko said.

The agreements are based on a MOU signed last summer. It facilitates a closer business cooperation between Rogaland and Murmansk, especially within the field of oil and gas, County Governor Tom Tvedt says in a press release. The region’s activities in Murmansk are made also in close cooperation with Troms and Finnmark, the two northernmost Norwegian counties, he adds.

The Rogaland County from before has cooperation agreements with the two northern Russian territories of Arkhangelsk Oblast and Nenets Autonomous Okrug.

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