Norway has reportedly unveiled a 20-year plan to harvest offshore oil and gas resources in the Arctic. According to Reuters, the Norwegian Foreign Minster released a 134-page white paper, which details the “project of a generation.”
The Foreign Ministry expects the project to cost millions, as the area becomes more accessible. Exploration in the Arctic has always been surrounded by controversy and the plans are likely to anger the likes of the UK and Russian governments, who oppose Norway’s dominance in the region.
The white paper also details increased military activity in the far north of Norway, including more NATO exercises and the purchase of 48 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters from the United States to replace Norwegian F-16s now stationed above the Arctic Circle.