Russia’s Rosneft and Italy’s Eni have signed a deal to jointly explore for oil and gas in the Arctic. The two firms said in a statement that they would set up a joint venture to explore two oil fields in the Barents Sea and one oil deposit in the Black Sea.
The companies claim the three deposits are estimated to contain a total of 36 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Eni will hold a 33% stake in the project.
Rosneft has stepped up its exploration goals, after it signed a different agreement last week with ExxonMobil to explore the Russian Arctic and Black Sea regions similarly.
Last year a deal between Rosneft and BP for exploration in the Arctic fell through.