Category: Arctic Today

Taimyr’s tourism development strategy to be ready in 2019

Taimyr’s tourism development strategy to be ready in 2019

MOSCOW, September 18 /TASS/. The Norilsk Development Agency will offer a strategy for developing tourism on the Taimyr Peninsula, which will be presented in mid-2019, Nornickel’s Senior Vice President Larisa Zelkova told TASS on Tuesday. “Taimyr is a unique place with the fantastic Putorana natural reserve and vast resources for development of the industry of leisure and hospitality,” she said. “The Agency jointly with the administrations of Norilsk and the Taimyr District has organized a working group, which discusses how tourism will develop there.” “The Agency will suggest in what federal and regional tourism development programs the Taimyr Peninsula could participate,” she continued. “The strategy…

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Norilsk to have entrepreneurship development center

Norilsk to have entrepreneurship development center

MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. The Norilsk Development Agency plans to organize a center to support small businesses, where entrepreneurs will be able to receive information about support measures and will have access to the city’s base of available commercial property, Nornickel’s Senior Vice President Larisa Zelkova told TASS on Tuesday. “Presently, the Agency is organizing a portal, which contains information on the property for businesses in Norilsk,” she said. “Thus, it would be easy to see available property to begin a project in Norilsk.” The Agency will also launch an educational program to help businesses learn about federal programs to support businesses, she added. The…

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Norilsk announces competition among urban space development projects

Norilsk announces competition among urban space development projects

MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. The Norilsk Development Agency is receiving applications for making the city’s master plan – a long-term strategy for development of Norilsk’s urban space and architecture. The applications may be filed to end of September, Nornickel’s Senior Vice President Larisa Zelkova told TASS on Tuesday. “The Norilsk Development Agency organizes a competition among companies, which could offer a master plan for the city’s development,” she said. “In a few weeks, we shall stop receiving applications, which we shall study.” “After that, we shall choose the consultants, who will assist in making such a master plan,” she added, stressing the master plan would…

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Arctic expedition identifies found ship as English explorers’ Eira yacht

Arctic expedition identifies found ship as English explorers’ Eira yacht

MURMANSK, September 17. /TASS/. The Open Ocean: Arctic Archipelagoes expedition, which worked along the Franz Josef Land Archipelago, confirmed the earlier found ship was the Eira yacht, on board of with English explorers had discovered the archipelago’s most islands. According to an archaeologist Mark Stepanov, the ship’s remains were found a year earlier, and during the recent expedition experts managed to identify the finding. “The result of the studies is that we can confirm 100% it is the Eira,” he said. Role of ceramics All historical reports prompted the Eira was to be right in that place. However, it was not easy to prove it.…

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Scientists surprised to see Arctic seas’ high productivity

Scientists surprised to see Arctic seas’ high productivity

MURMANSK, September 17. /TASS/. Scientists were surprised to see the Arctic seas’ unexpectedly high productivity, the scientific leader of the Open Ocean: Arctic Archipelagoes expedition Maria Gavrilo told a news conference. “We were surprised to see the waters are very productive there,” she said, telling reporters about the expedition, which had just returned from Franz Josef Land. The scientists took water samples from upper layers. The samples were full of algae, plankton, and caviar. The most unusual thing they saw was algae, which bloomed in September, although its blooming season was believed to finish in mid-summer. Expert say, this finding means fish and shellfish have…

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Expert: new infrastructure mortgage mechanism to favor Arctic’s sustainable development

Expert: new infrastructure mortgage mechanism to favor Arctic’s sustainable development

YAKUTSK, September 17. /TASS/. The infrastructure mortgage mechanism may be used for solving the task of sustainable economic development and attracting investments to Russia’s Arctic zone, an expert of the Project Office for Arctic Development (PORA) Alexander Vorotnikov told TASS on sidelines of the forum, organized by the Association of Technical Universities of Russia and China (ATURC) on Arctic research in Yakutsk. “Clearly, the vast development of the Arctic infrastructures requires respectively big financing,” he said. “Specialists have been working on the mechanism of infrastructure mortgage, which is further development and improvement of the public-private partnership mechanism (PPP).” “The work on the new mechanism continues…

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New exhibition center opens in Arkhangelsk

New exhibition center opens in Arkhangelsk

ARKHANGELSK, September 14. /TASS/. Construction of a new exhibition center was completed in Arkhangelsk. Nord Expo will be the main venue of the Arctic: Territory of Dialogue international forum, due on April 9-10, 2019, the regional administration’s press service said on Friday. “Construction of the Nord Expo congress and exhibition center in Arkhangelsk is completed,” the press service said. “The center’s modern opportunities will promote to a new level the events, organized there.” The exhibition center of 3,500 square meters (the main hall is 1,600 square meters) is built in a busy area. In the past, Arkhangelsk did not have a big exposition platform like…

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Arkhangelsk airport’s renovation due to finish in 2021

Arkhangelsk airport’s renovation due to finish in 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, September 14. /TASS/. Renovation of the Arkhangelsk airport is due to be over in 2021, the Arkhangelsk Region’s Governor Igor Orlov told TASS on Friday on sidelines of an international fish industry forum. “We face the task of renovating the runway, which was built in the early 1980s: the terminal has been upgraded, and now we shall do the runway,” the governor said. “We shall do this between 2019 and 2021… In 2021, all the works will be completed.” The renovation project is ready, the governor continued. “All the projecting has been done, and now we are making certain adjustments,” he said. Cost…

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Yakutia’s new shipyard requires additional investments of $21.9 mln — company

Yakutia’s new shipyard requires additional investments of $21.9 mln — company

VLADIVOSTOK, September 13. /TASS./ Investments in a modern shipyard, which will be used to upgrade the river fleet of Yakutia’s Lena United River Shipping Company, are estimated at about 1.5 billion rubles ($21.9 million), the shipping company’s Director General Sergei Larionov told TASS on sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum on Thursday. The shipyard will be made as a reconstruction of the fleet’s Zhatai service base. The project is planned for 2019-2021. With the new shipyard, the company will upgrade the outdated fleet to deliver cargo to Yakutia’s Arctic regions. According to the company, the average age of the fleet’s vessels is 35 years. “The…

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Delegations from 7 countries confirm participation in Arkhangelsk business fair

Delegations from 7 countries confirm participation in Arkhangelsk business fair

ARKHANGELSK, September 12. /TASS/. Delegations from seven countries will participate in the 17th Margaritinskaya Business Fair in Arkhangelsk on September 20-24, the Arkhangelsk Region’s Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Ikonnikov told reporters. The Margaritinskaya Fair is the region’s biggest business and trade event, which in the modern format has been organized since 2001. In 2017, the show featured 42 Russian regions and five countries. The event in 2018 will take place at the new Nord-Expo Exhibition Center, which later on will be the main venue for the 5th International Forum – “Arctic – Territory of Dialogue” in March – April, 2019. “This year, we expect delegations…

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Expert: Yakutia using only 42% of its deer farming potential

Expert: Yakutia using only 42% of its deer farming potential

VLADIVOSTOK, September 12. /TASS/. Yakutia uses only 42% of its potential to cultivate deer farming, yet the industry’s further development may bolster the export of biologically valuable materials, Head of Yakutia’s Agriculture Academy Ivan Sleptsov said at the Eastern Economic Forum on Wednesday. “Russia’s natural reindeer pastures occupy 335.2 million hectares, which is 19.6% of the territory, where the tenth part is located in Yakutia,” he said. “Potentially, 37 million hectares could be sufficient for 371,000 animals – in other words, the republic has been using only 42.2% of the sector’s potential, not to mention other factors.”The Russian Federation can boost capacity of the deer industry…

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Norilsk airport to finish runway renovation in late September

Norilsk airport to finish runway renovation in late September

KRASNOYARSK, September 12. /TASS/. The runway renovation at the Alykel airport in Norilsk will be finished by September 24, press service of the Krasnoyarsk Region’s governor said on Wednesday. Acting Governor Alexander Uss and Nornickel’s CEO Vladimir Potanin visited the airport to see how the renovation works continue there. “The runway will be opened for airplanes from September 24,” the governor’s press service said. Within the current year, 1,080 meters will be reconstructed, while over two previous years specialists renovated 1,740 meters. The airport serves all kinds of planes now. In 2017, only smaller planes, like Antonov An-24 and ATR-42, could make flights to Norilsk.…

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Russia can resume licensing of Arctic offshore areas — regulator

Russia can resume licensing of Arctic offshore areas — regulator

VLADIVOSTOK, September 11. /TASS/. The Russian government and the State Duma are viewing a draft law making possible to resume licensing of offshore areas in Arctic Russia, head of the Federal Agency for Mineral Resources (Rosnedra) Evgeny Kiselev told TASS on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum on Tuesday. “Licensing was suspended. Not merely for Koryakiya [Koryakiya-1 area that can be the first to be presented at the auction between Gazprom and Rosneft – TASS]. The problem was systemic by nature. The bill is aimed at resolving it. I hope it will pass the State Duma and all the issues will be settled. It…

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Chukotka develops polymetallic cluster, says regional governor

Chukotka develops polymetallic cluster, says regional governor

VLADIVOSTOK, September 11. /TASS/. Russia’s Chukotka Autonomous Region presented tin, oil and gas production projects to the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. The region has relied on subsoil use and will continue developing the sector, Chukotka’s Governor Roman Kopin said on Monday. “Traditionally, Chukotka relies on the use of subsoil,” he told the forum. “We are using the advantages and specific features we have.” “For a long time, we have relied on gold production – the sector, which brings quicker results, but we can see the regional economy’s dependence on one sector and we seek to diversify it,” he continued. “We are working on projects…

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Experts: Youth and local expertise will help Yamal’s new governor

Experts: Youth and local expertise will help Yamal’s new governor

SALEKHARD, September 10. /TASS/. 30 year-old Dmitry Artyukhov, whom on Sunday the regional parliament elected the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region’s governor, is Russia’s youngest regional head. Experts told TASS his youth and local expertise will help the newly elected governor in his work. “His youth in this case is only an advantage, as due to it he will manage to do more, and the combination of his youth and professional skills gives a very good effect,” Director of the Foundation for Civil Society Development’s Urals Branch Anatoly Gagarin told TASS. Artyukhov “knows the region very well,” the expert continued. “He has a big experience in working…

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Yamal plans to attract best professionals to Northern Latitudinal Railway construction

Yamal plans to attract best professionals to Northern Latitudinal Railway construction

SALEKHARD, September 10. /TASS/. The Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region, known for the labor force shortage, will attract best professionals from across Russia to construction of the Northern Latitudinal Railway (NLR), the region’s newly elected Governor Dmitry Artyukhov told reporters on Sunday. “Do we have sufficient human resources? No, we do not. Yamal has a deficit of labor force, and in this region big constructions have always attracted best professionals from across the country,” he said. According to the governor, the bridge across the Ob between cities Salekhard and Labytnangi, which is a part of NLR, will be built – most likely – by the teams, which…

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Patriarch Kirill to consecrate a new church in Norilsk

Patriarch Kirill to consecrate a new church in Norilsk

MOSCOW, September 7. /TASS./ The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill on 10 and 11 September 10 and 11 will visit the Norilsk diocese, where he will perform the rite of consecration of the Church of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, the patriarch’s Press Secretary Alexander Volkov told reporters on Friday. “The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church on September 10 and 11 will visit one of the Northern dioceses of our Church, the diocese in Norilsk. The key event of the visit will be the great consecration of the Church of New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia in Norilsk, which the…

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Oil production projects in offshore Arctic remain loss-making — expert

Oil production projects in offshore Arctic remain loss-making — expert

KAZAN, September 4. /TASS/. Projects of oil production on the Russian Arctic shelf remain loss-making even under current relatively high prices, President of the Union of Oil & Gas Producers of Russia Gennady Shmal said on Tuesday. “Speaking about the present and even about the future, all the Arctic projects are too expensive so far. I estimated that not a single Arctic shelf project will make profit even against current oil prices, and these are not the lowest – over $70 a barrel,” he said. Exploration and the Northern Sea Route should be developed and infrastructure is required to be set up in order to…

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Russian Arctic park welcomes more than 1,000 visitors over tourist season

Russian Arctic park welcomes more than 1,000 visitors over tourist season

ARKHANGELSK, September 4. /TASS/. More than 1,000 people visited Russia’s northernmost national park – the Russian Arctic during the tourist season, which has just closed, the park’s Press Secretary Yulia Petrova told TASS. “During this year’s season, the Russian Arctic Nation Park welcomed 1,079 visitors,” she said. “Those were tourists on nine cruise voyages and members of the Arctic floating university on board the Professor Molchanov vessel.” Five voyages to the North Pole on board the 50 Let Pobedy icebreaker crossed the Franz Josef Land Archipelago (operators Quark Expeditions and Poseidon Expeditions). Three voyages on board the Sea Spirit were from Spitsbergen to Franz Josef…

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Russian wildlife photographer plans to publish a book of Franz Josef Land images

Russian wildlife photographer plans to publish a book of Franz Josef Land images

ARKHANGELSK, September 3. /TASS/. A Russian photographer Sergei Gorshkov will make a book about Franz Josef Land – the northernmost archipelago in Russia and Eurasia. According to the Russian Arctic National Park’s press service, the photographer has collected material for the book during three cruise voyages to the archipelago. “The “Franz Josef Land” photo-book will contain 50-70 pictures, which, the author says, show most impressively the archipelago’s mood,” the press service said. “Sergei Gorshkov participated in three cruise voyages in July and August.” For the artist, the archipelago’s symbol is a shot, which he made in 2017. Back then, he captured a polar bear wandering…

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Siberian scientists work on Arctic ‘smart cities’ project

Siberian scientists work on Arctic ‘smart cities’ project

TYUMEN, September 3. /TASS/. The Tyumen State University received a grant to work on a concept of “smart cities” in the Arctic, the University’s press service said on Monday. “The University, as a part of an international consortium, has won a grant for a big project “Smart Municipalities in the Arctic Region,” where the cost is 5 million rubles ($73,000),” the press service said. “The project’s main objective is to study the existing experience in projecting, organization and promotion of this direction, which is new for the Arctic regions – the organization of “smart municipalities” in the Far North.” The project’s partners are universities in…

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Russian students take Arctic course at Hokkaido University

Russian students take Arctic course at Hokkaido University

YAKUTSK, August 31. /TASS/. A group of students from Russia’s North-Eastern Federal University completed a course for Arctic’s and Far East’s sustainable development at Japan’s Hokkaido University, the Russian University’s Deputy Head on International Cooperation Vladlen Kugunurov told TASS on Friday. “Five Master Degree students from the North-Eastern Federal University took a base course of the Russian-Japanese Expert Education Program (RJEEP) at the Hokkaido University,” he said. “Besides, our professors delivered lectures about research in ecology and the climate change.” The course took place between August 27 and 31, he added. The course at the Hokkaido University covers aspects of environment, regional resources, and protection…

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Defense chief warns clash of national interests in Arctic may trigger conflicts

Defense chief warns clash of national interests in Arctic may trigger conflicts

© Lev Fedoseyev/TASS MOSCOW, August 31. /TASS/. Interests of a number of states clash in the Arctic what may potentially give rise to conflicts in the region, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu warned on Friday. “Protecting Russia’s national interests in the Arctic region and its active development remain a priority for the army. Today the Arctic has turned into a place where territorial, resource and military and strategic interests of a number of states clash. This may spark a growing conflict potential in this region,” Shoigu told a meeting of the defense ministry’s board. According to Shoigu, “the icebreakers of Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Germany, the…

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Russia’s North Fleet servicemen research ice at Novaya Zemlya archipelago

Russia’s North Fleet servicemen research ice at Novaya Zemlya archipelago

MOSCOW, August 29. /TASS/. An expeditionary party of the North Fleet, currently on a research mission to the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago, on Wednesday did ice research at the northernmost point of the archipelago, the press service of the Fleet said. Novaya Zemlya, consisting of the Northern and Southern islands, is a de facto extension of the Ural Mountains. It occupies an area of 90,650 sq. km and separates the Barents Sea from the Kara Sea. The expeditionary party was taken to the starting point of the route by the Georgy Pobedonosets large amphibious ships. Vehicles and equipment were unloaded in Natalia Bay on an unimproved…

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Chukotka estimates road link between gold deposit and port to cost $608 mln

Chukotka estimates road link between gold deposit and port to cost $608 mln

Pevek sea port © Evgeniy Orlov/TASS TASS, August 29. Chukotka’s government estimated the construction of a road between the Peschanka gold-copper deposit and the Pevek seaport in the region’s west at 41.5 billion rubles ($608 million), the region’s Head of the Transport, Communications and Road Department Andrei Bykov said on Wednesday during a meeting with Russia’s Deputy Minister of Transport Yuri Tsvetkov. “In order to have transport links between the Peschanka deposit and the Pevek seaport, we would need to build a road worth about 41.5 billion rubles,” he said at the meeting in Anadyr. “The road should be ready by the time the deposit gets…

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Investments in road between Chukotka’s gold deposit and port to make $608 mln

Investments in road between Chukotka’s gold deposit and port to make $608 mln

TASS, August 29. Chukotka’s government estimated construction of a road between the Peschanka gold-copper deposit and the Pevek sea port in the region’s west at 41.5 billion rubles ($608 million), the region’s Head of the Transport, Communications and Road Department Andrei Bykov said on Wednesday during a meeting with Russia’s Deputy Minister of Transport Yuri Tsvetkov. +”In order to have transport communication between the Peschanka deposit and the Pevek sea port, we would need to build a road worth about 41.5 billion rubles,” he said at the meeting in Anadyr. “The road should be ready by the time the deposit goes operational.” The priority is…

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Russian Geographical Society sends expedition to monitor Arctic polar bears

Russian Geographical Society sends expedition to monitor Arctic polar bears

© Lev Fedoseev/TASS TASS, August 28. Members of the Russian Geographical Society (RGS) Yamal branch departed from Arkhangelsk to Arctic islands to test new digital communication and to monitor the polar bear’s population, the branch’s deputy head, Igor Kuznetsov, told TASS on Tuesday. “A part of the expedition team has left – they are heading for the Dikson Island, where three more specialists will join them, and then we shall go to the islands,” he said. “We shall practice radio communication, and besides we have a task from Taimyr’s Natural Reserves to monitor polar bears and other animals north of the Polar Circle.” According to him,…

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First restoration season on Hooker Island’s hangar is closed

First restoration season on Hooker Island’s hangar is closed

ARKHANGELSK, August 27. /TASS/. The first restoration season was closed at the Arctic’s only wooden hangar for planes, which was built in 1932 in the Tikhaya Bay on the Hooker Island, the Franz Josef Land archipelago. The expedition’s head Pavel Filin told TASS six restoration specialists worked on the Hooker Island for a month. “This year, we began emergency restoration work on the hangar,” he said. “We have removed all the rotten plywood, which had covered it, then strengthened the object’s trusses – this was complicated work at a big height.” “Our objective for the season was to strengthen the hangar’s roof – we have…

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Franz Josef Land’s polar station begins using solar energy

Franz Josef Land’s polar station begins using solar energy

ARKHANGELSK, August 24. /TASS/. The system of alternative energy began working at the Tikhaya Bay base on the Hooker Island (the Franz Josef Land Archipelago), Director of the Russian Arctic national park Alexander Kirilov told TASS on Friday. “We have launched successfully a system of alternative energy on the Hooker Island in the Tikhaya Bay at our station,” he said. “It is a system of solar panels.” “We shall be able to save fuel and not to harm the environment,” he added. “This is a milestone event for the national park.” The national park’s Deputy Director Roman Perkhurov said 36 solar panels were installed on…

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Solovki Islands to receive electric energy from alternative sources

Solovki Islands to receive electric energy from alternative sources

ARKHANGELSK, August 23. /TASS/. The Solovki Archipelago (in Russia’s Arkhangelsk Region) will have a system of alternative energy. A system of optimal energy supplies, which is offered by the Northern Arctic Federal University, will solve the problems of security and expensive energy on the archipelago, Director of the University’s High School of Energy, Oil and Gas Pavel Maryandyshev told TASS. “The Solovki will have a system of alternative energy,” he said. “Under a state contract, we are working with the Russian Ministry of Energy.” “We analyze different options for the archipelago: diesel fuel, gas fuel, wind energy, solar energy, and we shall offer a few…

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