As Long as the Oil Keeps Flowing

Nenent boy and girl. Photo: The Norwegian Barents Secretariat (www.barentsphoto.com)It’s a constant battle against the elements. Very low temperatures during the year; getting even worse in winter, the wind, the night time and all the areas swamplands that make access impossible without a helicopter. Siberia, the vast region comprising of the Asian portion of Russia as well as Northern Kazakhstan, is a treasure of natural resources and rich in animal life. The region has huge reserves of mineral resources, for instance, coal, gold, copper and iron. But its most valuable natural resource is, undoubtedly, petroleum, which has become one of the pillars of the global economy.

By Angèle Sauget