Category: Arctic Today

Kola NPP cuts liquid radioactive waste

Kola NPP cuts liquid radioactive waste

MURMANSK, November 16. /TASS/. The Kola Nuclear Power Plant uses technologies, which cut by 100 times the liquid radioactive waste, the plant’s Director Vasiliy Omelchuk told reporters at the Murmansk International Business Week on Friday. “The technologies we are using cut by more than 100 times liquid radioactive waste,” he said, adding the remaining substances are not radioactive. The plant’s specialists have been working with scientists for decades on how to process liquid radioactive waste. They have tested many methods, and currently the experts are working on ways to separate useful components from radioactive waste. “With the Academy of Sciences’ Kola scientific center, we have…

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Polar prospects: Russia to research Antarctica’s mineral resource potential

Polar prospects: Russia to research Antarctica’s mineral resource potential

© Mark Ralston/Pool Photo via AP MOSCOW, 16 November. /TASS /. Polar Marine Geosurvey Expedition, a St. Petersburg-based subsidiary of Russia’s state-owned Rosgeologiya, has started a geological and geophysical study along with an assessment of the mineral resource potential of the Antarctica and its peripheral seas as part of the 64th Russian Antarctic Expedition, Rosgeologiya said in a statement. The project is implemented under a government contract with Russia’s I.S. Gramberg Scientific Research Institute for Geology and Mineral Resources of the World Ocean. The study will be conducted in the Pacific zone of the Antarctica between the Amundsen and the Ross Seas, Queen Mary Land near…

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UN environmental expert stresses plastic waste choking Arctic

UN environmental expert stresses plastic waste choking Arctic

MURMANSK, November 15. /TASS/. Plastic waste accounts for a significant portion of contaminating substances in the Arctic and its fragments have been found in the flesh of fish and mammals inhabiting the northern regions, said Ekaterina Tegina, coordinator of the UN Environment’s program in Russia. “Plastic litter makes up three-quarters of the sources of contamination in the World Ocean, and most of it is trapped in the Arctic. Microplastics, nanoplastics are fragments of organic polymers, similar to persistent pollutants. Today plastic scraps are found in the flesh of fish, and mammals, which form the basis of the Arctic population’s nourishment,” the expert told the 7th…

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Nornickel sees ecological responsibility as major development factor

Nornickel sees ecological responsibility as major development factor

MURMANSK, November 15. /TASS/. The Norilsk Nickel Company (Nornickel) sees ecological responsibility as a major factor of sustainable development in the areas, where the company is working, Nornickel’s Vice President Vladislav Gasumyanov told an environmental forum in Murmansk on Thursday. “It is most important to develop the awareness and to form new attitudes of the state, society and businesses to ecology-related issues,” he told the Environment and Sustainable Development of Northern Territories forum. “Nornickel produces more than 5.7% of the Russian Arctic regions’ gross regional product, and the company’s more than 600,000 employees live and work north of the Polar Circle.” “Nornickel sees ecological responsibility…

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Norway’s cruises to Franz Josef Land to call at Murmansk port

Norway’s cruises to Franz Josef Land to call at Murmansk port

MURMANSK, November 15. /TASS/. Norway’s Hurtigruten tourism operator began offering cruises to Franz Josef Land, which will call at the Murmansk port, the Murmansk Region’s Governor Marina Kovtun told the Murmansk International Business Week on Wednesday. “The Hurtigruten Company is selling 15-day expeditions for 2019,” the governor said. “The cruises will begin from Tromso, and then tourists will travel to Murmansk, Franz Josef Land, back to Murmansk, then to Skarsvag to return to Tromso.” According to the governor, Murmansk has participated in The Arctic Harbor project, under which the port has organized an up-to-date passenger terminal with a 72-hours’ visa-free regime for cruises and ferries.…

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Buried under blizzards: Russia’s southern regions blanketed with Arctic-grade snow cover

Buried under blizzards: Russia’s southern regions blanketed with Arctic-grade snow cover

MOSCOW, November 14. /TASS/. Russia’s southern regions have become one of the most snow-covered in the European part of the country because of the early cold snap and heavy snowfall, Yelena Volosyuk, a leading expert of the Fobos weather-monitoring center, told TASS. “This morning, the south of our country has turned out to be one of the snowiest places in European Russia with the snow cover reaching 15-20 cm in the Krasnodar Region and the south of the Rostov Region. In some places, it is even higher, in particular, the village of Kushchevskaya, according to the local weather bureau, noted 24 cm the snow cover…

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UK diplomats, Northern Fleet honor fallen WW2 aviators

UK diplomats, Northern Fleet honor fallen WW2 aviators

MOSCOW, November 13. /TASS/. The Northern Fleet crew and diplomats from the United Kingdom have paid homage to fighter pilots killed during the Second World War. The commemorations took place at the military memorial cemetery of the Northern Fleet’s main base on Tuesday, its press service reported. “Today the wreath-and flower-laying ceremony at the tombs of Russian, English and Canadian airmen, who died on the Kola Peninsula defending the Soviet polar region from the Nazis during World War 2, took place at the military memorial cemetery of the Northern Fleet’s main base in the city of Severomorsk. Northern Fleet commanders and the diplomatic delegation led…

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Murmansk Region to develop culinary tourism

Murmansk Region to develop culinary tourism

MURMANSK, November 13. /TASS/. The Murmansk Region’s government and the AgroEcoTourism non-governmental organization signed a memorandum on cooperation to develop culinary tourism in the region, a TASS correspondent reported on Monday. “Under the memorandum, we shall receive assistance in methods,” the region’s Deputy Governor Olga Kuznetsova told TASS on sidelines of the Murmansk International Business Week. “We shall use the international and regional experiences to upgrade the local tourism.” AgroEcoTourism will also offer support in coordinating activities between the local authorities and tourism businesses, she added. According to her, the region will organize the Arctic cuisine festivals. The first event is due in the resort…

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Northernmost mill to be restored in Arkhangelsk Region

Northernmost mill to be restored in Arkhangelsk Region

MOSCOW, November 13. /TASS/. The Kimzha non-governmental organization in Arkhangelsk will restore in 2019, using money from a presidential grant, one of the world’s northernmost mills in the Pogorelets village (the Arkhangelsk Region), the Northern Mills project’s head, Anna Kryuchkova, told TASS on Monday. The project was among winners of the competition for presidential grants in the nomination “Keeping the Historic Memories.” The organization will receive more than two million rubles ($29,600) to organize in 2019 an international volunteer center in the Kimzha village and to restore a mill in the Pogorelets village. Experts say the mill now is in a very poor condition. “Under…

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Northern Sea Route’s navigation extends by one month in warming climate

Northern Sea Route’s navigation extends by one month in warming climate

ST. PETERSBURG, November 12. /TASS/. Higher temperatures in Russia’s Arctic regions extend navigation along the Northern Sea Route by one month, Professor Oleg Anisimov of the State Hydrology Institute said on Friday. “Currently, the Northern Sea Route’s exploitation term is about two months, and forecasts based on climate models say the term may be extended by another month in the middle of the century, making it three months, which opens new economic opportunities,” he said at a news conference, organized at the St. Petersburg TASS branch, which was devoted to a recent international seminar on development of Russia’s Arctic zone. According to the professor, warming…

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Human activities influence conditionally pathogenic bacteria in Arctic — scientists

Human activities influence conditionally pathogenic bacteria in Arctic — scientists

ST. PETERSBURG, November 9. /TASS/. Biologists of the St. Petersburg State University found that human economic activities in the Arctic and Antarctica increase numbers of conditionally pathogenic bacteria and make them more resistant to stress, the University’s press service said on Thursday. “Active economic activities in the areas of polar stations pollute the polar regions, thus changing the sanitary-microbiological situations in areas of settlements, and pollutants are accumulated in soils and waters,” the press service said. “These factors boost growth of pathogenic microorganisms, which are highly sensitive to external influences.” The University’s scientists studied water, air and soil on the Spitzbergen Archipelago and at the…

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Nornickel’s volunteers to work at Krasnoyarsk Student Winter Games

Nornickel’s volunteers to work at Krasnoyarsk Student Winter Games

MOSCOW, November 9. /TASS/. Nornickel’s about 100 employees and their family members will become volunteers at the Student Winter Games in Krasnoyarsk in 2019, the company’s Vice President Vladislav Gasumyanov told reporters on Thursday. “Many of our employees are not related to organizational issues, but as Russian citizens they are very interested in it… Nornickel has a volunteer program, where 100 people and their families have taken courses and will be volunteers at the Universiade,” he said during the ceremony of launching the Student Winter Games themed train in the Moscow Metro. The Universiade’s themes will be placed on the Nordstar Airlines’ three planes, he…

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Pevek airport in Chukotka to be renovated in 2019-2022

Pevek airport in Chukotka to be renovated in 2019-2022

TASS, November 8. /TASS/. Renovation of Chukotka’s one of the backbone airports in Pevek will take four years. The renovation is vitally necessary as the city will very soon become the region’s economic center, the local authorities told TASS on Wednesday. “The renovation will take four years – from 2019 to 2022,” the regional Department of Transport, Communication and Roads said. “The airport upgrade is vitally necessary for Chukotka, as very soon the city will become the region’s economic center – to there will come Russia’s first floating nuclear heat power plant, to there will come cargos for one of the leading gold-copper fields -…

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Mammoths return: Will Yakutia succeed in cloning them?

Mammoths return: Will Yakutia succeed in cloning them?

YAKUTSK, November 8. /TASS/. The permafrost is a wonderful storage of ancient animals’ remains. Scientists find there soft tissues, which may be used in cloning. TASS tells about how Yakutia’s scientists plan to work on this most complicated task. The collection The center, which will focus on genetic history and studies, will be organized at the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutia. The idea is not new, but only now there are clear images of what the future scientific cluster will be like. The breakthrough project is supported by the regional government. The University estimates necessary investments of 400 million rubles ($6 million). “This scientific material…

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Russian scientists to set up space observation posts in Arctic by 2020

Russian scientists to set up space observation posts in Arctic by 2020

MOSCOW, November 7. /TASS/. Russian scientists intend to set up a network of space observation posts in the Nenets Autonomous Region to control the movement of space debris and other objects, Head of the Applied Infrared Spectroscopy Laboratory at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Alexander Rodin said on Wednesday. “So far, we don’t have [such] ground-based observation posts for [monitoring] the situation in near-polar and helio-synchronous orbits. We are planning to set up such an experimental network by 2020,” the researcher said on the sidelines of an international expert workshop, “Scenarios of the Development of Russian Arctic Regions,” which runs in Naryan-Mar in…

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Wind power plant begins work in Arctic’s Tiksi

Wind power plant begins work in Arctic’s Tiksi

YAKUTSK, November 7. /TASS/. The RusHydro hydroelectric power generation company put operational a wind power plant with capacity of 90 KW in the Arctic’s Tiksi in Yakutia, a TASS correspondent reported from the site on Wednesday. Three wind generators are designed to work in the severe Polar conditions. They can work when the air temperature hits minus 50 degrees and when the wind speed reaches 70 mps. The equipment was made by Japan’s Komaihaltek. “Our Japanese counterparts made the equipment for work in these conditions,” RusHydro’s Head Nikolai Shulginov said at the official ceremony. “The equipment is unique, and we hope it will supply reliable…

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Siberian scientists make healthy candies for Arctic residents

Siberian scientists make healthy candies for Arctic residents

TYUMEN, November 6. /TASS/. Scientists of the Tyumen Industrial University made candies, which improve metabolism and memory. Special healthy products are valuable for people, living in Arctic regions, the University’s press service said. “For making new functional food the University’s scientists use only natural raw materials grown in the Tyumen region – wild plants, berries, honey, nuts, vegetables, dairy products,” the press service said. “They develop food complexes, and then on their basis, using a given chemical composition and physiological direction, they make new food products.” “The scientists have made unique candies, which activate brain metabolism and improve memory, natural dessert sauces and beverages, which…

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More diamonds: Where millions of carats come from

More diamonds: Where millions of carats come from

YAKUTSK, November 6. /TASS/. Russia’s leading diamond producer Alrosa began development of a new deposit of diamonds – Verkhne-Munskoye in northern Yakutia, some 170km from the company’s mining and refinery plant. Production will continue there for more than 20 years, giving stable revenues to the company and new jobs to the locals, the company said. To become a leader “The production in Verkhnyaya Muna is a big event for the company, for our mono-industrial northern cities,” Alrosa’s Director General Sergei Ivanov said. The new deposit “will compensate for shrinking production at other fields, including the Mir pit.” The new plant is the company’s biggest investment…

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Nornickel initiates collective cybersecurity system

Nornickel initiates collective cybersecurity system

MOSCOW, November 2. /TASS/. The Norilsk Nickel Company (Nornickel) initiated a collective security system, the company’s Head of Information Security and IT Infrastructure Dmitry Grigoryev said on Thursday. “The Information Security Charter for Critical Industrial Facilities, made by our specialists, has proven its importance,” the company’s press service quoted Grigoryev as saying at a meeting of the Club of Information Security in Industry. “The document has been tested in the framework of this club and at leading international professional platforms, and it has been submitted for review to OSCE.” The company’s representative pointed to effective inter-corporate cooperation in cybersecurity in the club’s framework. “We have…

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Murmansk Shipping Company enters agreement to deliver coal along Northern Sea Route

Murmansk Shipping Company enters agreement to deliver coal along Northern Sea Route

MURMANSK, November 2. /TASS/. The Murmansk Shipping Company (MSCO) and Sibanthracite Overseas AG, affiliated with Russia’s biggest coal holding VostokCoal, will make a biggest transport project in the Arctic – the companies have inked an agreement on coal deliveries along the Northern Sea Route for the term of five years, MSCO’s press service said on Wednesday. “This project will be one of the biggest projects in the Arctic to deliver bulk cargo,” the company said. “High-quality anthracite, produced on Taimyr, will be delivered from the Dikson port to Europe.” First shipments are due in 2019. The project will involve MSCO’s most vessels. The agreement’s price…

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Nornickel’s plant within its first year commissions entire technological chain

Nornickel’s plant within its first year commissions entire technological chain

CHITA, October 31. /TASS/. The Bystrinsky mining and processing plant, which Nornickel (the Norilsk Nickel Company) built in Transbaikalia and put operational on October 31, 2017, within its first year commissioned the entire technological chain’s products, the Bystrinskoye Mining Company’s Press Secretary Konstantin Veresov told TASS on Wednesday. “The Bystrinsky plant (GOK) has begun making all products of its technological chain,” he said. “Those products are copper, iron ore and gold-containing concentrates.” He also noted that the production site, built within three and a half years, is highly technological, and most processes are automatic there. “This is the only plant in the country where manual…

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Nornickel invests in Yenisei River Shipping Company’s fuel control system

Nornickel invests in Yenisei River Shipping Company’s fuel control system

TASS, October 30. A project to install on vessels of the Yenisei River Shipping Company the fuel control systems requires investments of about 43 million rubles ($656,000), the shipping company’s press service told TASS on Tuesday. “The project’s term is 2017-2019,” the press service said. “The fuel control systems will be installed on about 88 vessels.” “The project’s budget is about 43 million rubles,” the press service added. The project will be implemented by the Yenisei River Shipping Company’s main shareholder – the Norilsk Nickel Company (Nornickel). In 2017, similar fuel control systems were installed on 12 vessels, and within the current year the company…

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Russia’s experience of work in Arctic attracts many countries, says official

Russia’s experience of work in Arctic attracts many countries, says official

MOSCOW, October 29. /TASS/. Many countries are interested in using Russia’s experience of work in the Arctic, including in support of the Arctic zone’s low-numbered indigenous peoples, Russia’s First Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education Grigory Trubnikov told TASS on Friday. “Russia sees as basic the solution of social tasks for the Arctic’s low-numbered indigenous peoples,” he said. “Traditionally, we apply many efforts in this sphere, and many countries say they would like to use Russia’s vast experience in this matter.” Russian Arctic programs were on agenda of the Second Arctic Science Ministerial in Berlin on October 26. The event featured officials from the…

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Russian scientists find new greenhouse gas sources in the Arctic

Russian scientists find new greenhouse gas sources in the Arctic

MOSCOW, October 29. /TASS/. Russian scientists during an expedition on board the Akademik Keldysh research vessel found new sources of methane emissions in the Arctic, the Ministry of Education and Science’s press service said on Friday. Experts say thawing of the Arctic Ocean’s underwater and coastal permafrost causes massive emissions of greenhouse gases – methane and carbon dioxide. The growing emissions may affect the planet’s climate system. “Russian scientists have found a new big area in the East Arctic’s seas with big emissions of greenhouse gases,” the press service said. “They also saw that emissions in earlier found areas had become more active.” According to…

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Chukotka’s GRP to double in 2020 after launch of new gold-copper deposit

Chukotka’s GRP to double in 2020 after launch of new gold-copper deposit

© Yevgeniy Orlov/TASS MOSCOW, October 26. /TASS/. After launch of the Baimskoye gold-copper deposit, which is among the world’s biggest undeveloped deposits of copper and gold, Chukotka’s Gross Regional Product (GRP) will double in 2020, the local authorities say. “We estimate the GRP in 2019 will make 79.6 billion rubles ($1.2 billion), and in 2020 it will be 162.9 billion rubles ($2.47 billion) after the Baimskoye ore deposit is launched,” Head of the regional Economy Department Larisa Goncharova said during discussions at the State Duma on Thursday. The project, about selling which to Kazakhstan’s KAZ Minerals has agreed a company of Chukotka’s former Governor Roman Abramovich,…

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Investments in Arkhangelsk’s new shipyard estimated at $459 mln

Investments in Arkhangelsk’s new shipyard estimated at $459 mln

ARKHANGELSK, October 23. /TASS/. About 30 billion rubles ($459 million) will be invested within 17 years in development of the Krasnaya Kuznitsa shipyard in Arkhangelsk, the shipyard’s Chief Engineer Alexei Minayev told TASS, adding the Arkhangelsk Region’s government has granted a priority status to this project. The “Krasnaya Kuznitsa” (in Russian – Red Forge) enterprise is a branch of the Zvezdochka ship repair facility, a part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation. “Krasnaya Kuznitsa’s reconstruction and renovation will attract more than 30 billion rubles within 17 years,” the chief engineer said. “That would be own and borrowed money; the borrowed money will make about a third…

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Investments in Arkhangelsk logistics center estimated at 5-6 billion rubles, says governor

Investments in Arkhangelsk logistics center estimated at 5-6 billion rubles, says governor

ST. PETERSBURG, October 25. /TASS/. Investments in the Russian Defense Ministry’s Arkhangelsk industrial and logistics complex are estimated at 5-6 billion rubles ($76,000-91,000), the Arkhangelsk Region’s Governor Igor Orlov told TASS on Tuesday on sidelines of a regional forum. The Arkhangelsk industrial and logistics complex will be used jointly by the defense authority and civil companies. The project’s key objective is to centralize and assure reliable supplies to northern territories, including for winter seasons, and to the Defense Ministry’s facilities. The complex is due to begin working in 2020. “We are speaking about billions in investments,” the governor told the All-Russian Forum – Strategic Planning…

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New business resident builds a fish processing plant at Chukotka industrial park

New business resident builds a fish processing plant at Chukotka industrial park

TASS, October 25. A new resident of the Anadyr industrial park on Chukotka will build a fish processing plant to sell the products in the regional center – Anadyr, the Arctic Prompark Management Company’s Director General Alexander Porokhnya told TASS on Thursday. “The industrial park’s new resident is Alexander Oratchek, a businessman who will build there a fish processing plant and will produce deep-frozen red fish and caviar to sell the product in Anadyr,” the industrial park’s top manager said. The project’s investments would be almost 5.5 million rubles ($84,000), the new plant will offer six jobs. First products will be made by late 2019.…

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Nornickel’s volunteers participate in 300 ecology missions in 2018

Nornickel’s volunteers participate in 300 ecology missions in 2018

SOCHI, October 22. /TASS/. About 4,000 eco-volunteers of the Norilsk Nickel Company (Nornickel) participated in around 300 ecology missions in 2018, Director of the company’s Public Relations Department Andrei Kirpichnikov told TASS on Friday on sidelines of an international ecology forum in Sochi. “The ecology volunteer movement is expanding, and during the current year the company’s more than 4,500 employees have participated in it,” he told the Sustainable Tourism: Global Challenge and Discovering Russia conference. “They have participated in about 300 ecology missions, which is an absolute record over the three years the company’s volunteer movement exists.” In addition to the programs to upgrade production…

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Pavlovskoye deposit on Novaya Zemlya to mine ores for more than 20 years

Pavlovskoye deposit on Novaya Zemlya to mine ores for more than 20 years

ARKHANGELSK, October 19. /TASS/. Mining at the Pavlovskoye deposit on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago will continue in two stages for more than 20 years to extract all reserves of zinc, lead and silver, Director General of the First Ore Mining Company (a branch of Rosatom) Alexander Lukin told the 6th international forum Arctic Projects: Today and Tomorrow, which opened in Arkhangelsk on Thursday. Earlier, the First Ore Mining Company reported it planned to organize at the Pavlovskoye deposit a complex for mining and processing lead-zinc ores with the annual capacity of 3.5 million tonnes. The Arkhangelsk Region’s Governor Igor Orlor told TASS the deposit’s development…

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