Category: Arctic Today

Twelve countries confirm participation in Arctic: Territory of Dialogue Forum

Twelve countries confirm participation in Arctic: Territory of Dialogue Forum

MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. Delegations from twelve countries confirm participation in the Arctic: Territory of Dialogue forum, due in April in St. Petersburg, press service of the event’s organizer – the Roscongress Foundation – said. Initially the forum was to take place in Arkhangelsk on April 9-10. On Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev announced the forum would be organized in St. Petersburg. “As of today, twelve leading countries have confirmed their participation in the forum’s business program,” the press service said. Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Trutnev said organizers received more applications than they had expected. The Arkhangelsk Region’s Governor Igor Orlov quoted 3,000 applications,…

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Kola MMC invests 120 million rubles in electrical substation’s upgrade

Kola MMC invests 120 million rubles in electrical substation’s upgrade

MURMANSK, January 17. /TASS/. The Kola Mining and Metallurgical Company (Kola MMC, a part of Nornickel) finalized reconstruction and upgrade of its electrical substation, which supplies electricity to the nickel electrolysis shop’s departments. According to the company’s press service, the investments, Kola MMC invested 120 million rubles ($1.8 million) in the project. “Work on the substation continued for about 18 months,” the press service said on Thursday, adding the investments made 120 million rubles. The new distributing facility meets all modern production and safety requirements. The upgraded substation will offer reliable electricity supplies to the nickel electrolysis shop’s electrolysis department, where the company implements a…

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Indiga port’s project may be presented in spring

Indiga port’s project may be presented in spring

MOSCOW, January 16. /TASS/. A project on development of the Indiga port in the Nenets Region will be presented within two coming months, the region’s Governor Alexander Tsybulsky told TASS on Wednesday. “I hope, it will happen within two months; currently, specialists eye tariffs for cargo deliveries to the Indiga port,” he said on sidelines of the Gaidar Forum According to the governor, potential investors are ready to participate in the project. “The Indiga project’s advantage is that we have investors, who are prepared to invest up to 100 billion rubles ($1.5 billion)…,” he said. “Those are up to five our biggest businesses, working in…

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Snowmobile expedition across Russian Arctic kicks off from Murmansk

Snowmobile expedition across Russian Arctic kicks off from Murmansk

TASS, January 15. The Northern Path 2019 snowmobile expedition kicked off from Murmansk in early January. The group’s leader Alexander Tabakov told TASS three racers from Magnitogorsk would cross the Russian Arctic from the Murmansk Region to Kamchatka within three months. “We start from Murmansk, then go to Arkhangelsk, Naryan-Mar, Salekhard, Dikson, northern Taimyr, the Cheluskin Cape, Khatanga, Tiksi, Pevek, Uelen, Anadyr and further on to Kamchatka, where we shall try to make it to the Lopatka Cape – Kamchatka’s southern point, if the spring allows,” he said. “We plan the snowmobile expedition will take about three months.” Thus, the route of about 17,000 km…

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Submersible drone to undergo tests on the Yenisei in 2019

Submersible drone to undergo tests on the Yenisei in 2019

© Kirill Kukhmar/TASS KRASNOYARSK, January 15. /TASS/. Scientists at the Siberian State University of Sciences and Technologies will test in the open water their robot-drone, Director of the University’s Institute for Space Research and High Technologies Alexander Kuznetsov told TASS. Work on the underwater robot continues under the University’s project “Geo-information systems. The Yenisei – the Arctic.” The new unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) will be used to probe the Yenisei’s bed. The UUV will be used also to study sunken vessels, which remain in the river. Earlier, the scientists have completed testing the drone in a pool. “This year, we shall have tests on the Yenisei,”…

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Russia’s Yakutia braces for deep freeze as temperatures expected to plunge below minus 50

Russia’s Yakutia braces for deep freeze as temperatures expected to plunge below minus 50

YAKUTSK, January 9. /TASS/. Temperatures in Yakutia have dropped to 45 degrees Celsius below zero and are still plunging. The emergency services in that part of Russia’s far northeast region, some 4,900 kilometers (about 3,045 miles) east of Moscow, are being placed on high alert and schools have cancelled classes. Nonetheless, these extreme temperatures are not anything out of the blue for local residents. A bout of bone-chilling cold hit the north, northeast and the central part of the region. On Wednesday, weather gurus registered temperatures below minus 45 degrees Celsius in 12 locations. The lowest temperature of minus 48 degrees was recorded in the…

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Kola MMC workers to undergo robotic medical examination

Kola MMC workers to undergo robotic medical examination

MURMANSK, December 28. /TASS/. The Kola Mining and Metallurgical Company (Kola MMC, a part of Nornickel) implements a project of electronic medical examinations at its Severny mine, the company’s press service said on Friday. “By using this system, workers will have to spend less time for tests before shifts, and the tests’ quality will be higher,” the company said. Traditionally, two medical attendants from the local hospital make those examinations. The biggest problem is they have to examine very many people in limited time. Sometimes, as many as 300 people may be on the line. By using the new methods, the workers will save time,…

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Arkhangelsk Region begins work on Arctic encyclopedia

Arkhangelsk Region begins work on Arctic encyclopedia

TASS, December 27. A working group to produce and publish the Arctic encyclopedia will be organized in the Arkhangelsk Region, the regional government’s press service said. “We have published the Pomors Encyclopedia, which widely known, and I suggest organizing a similar project to focus on the Arctic,” the press service quoted Governor Igor Orlov as saying. “We have both the necessary resources and experience.” According to Director of the Russian Arctic National Park Alexander Kirilov, organizers eye two variants of future encyclopedia. “It will be either a scientific edition, or children’s encyclopedia about the Arctic,” he told TASS. “The contents will depend on the final…

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Murmansk Commercial seaport to spend 3 bln rubles to fight coal dust

MURMANSK, December 25. / TASS /. Murmansk Commercial Sea Port has developed a program to reduce emissions of coal dust with a total investment of over 3 billion rubles, governor of the Murmansk region Marina Kovtun told TASS on Tuesday. “The company has developed a long-term environmental program with unprecedented funding in the amount of more than 3 billion rubles. The program involves the introduction of unique and advanced technologies in terms of the ecology of the port,” Kovtun said. Coal dust from fuel reloading at the Murmansk Commercial Sea Port, where coal is the main cargo, has remained one of the most acute environmental…

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Nornickel inks deal to support North’s indigenous ethnic minorities

MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. Nornickel (the Norilsk Nickel Company) signed an agreement with Russia’s Federal Agency for Nations Affairs (FADN) on cooperation in support for the North’s low-numbered indigenous peoples, who live in the areas, where the company works, Nornickel’s Vice President Vladislav Gasumyanov said at the ceremony of signing on Tuesday. “By signing this agreement, the company confirms it follows the route of public-private partnership in the sensitive sphere like sustainable development of the low-numbered indigenous peoples and the areas where they live,” he said. “I am adamant, by joint efforts we shall offer new systems of support for the North’s low-numbered indigenous peoples.”…

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Nornickel signs agreement to support North’s low-numbered indigenous peoples

MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. Nornickel (the Norilsk Nickel Company) signed an agreement with Russia’s Federal Agency for Nations Affairs (FADN) on cooperation in support for the North’s low-numbered indigenous peoples, who live in the areas, where the company works, Nornickel’s Vice President Vladislav Gasumyanov said at the ceremony of signing on Tuesday. “By signing this agreement, the company confirms it follows the route of public-private partnership in the sensitive sphere like sustainable development of the low-numbered indigenous peoples and the areas where they live,” he said. “I am adamant, by joint efforts we shall offer new systems of support for the North’s low-numbered indigenous peoples.”…

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Petersburg’s authority, museum agree to develop jointly Arctic projects

ST. PETERSBURG, December 25. /TASS/. St. Petersburg’s Committee on the Arctic and the Russian Museum of Ethnography agreed to develop jointly cultural, scientific and educational projects, connected with the Russian Arctic zone. The committee’s head, German Shirokov, and the museum’s director, Vladimir Grusman, signed the document on Friday. “Clearly, it will favor development of St. Petersburg’s relations with the Arctic regions, as well as further publicity of the city’s competences in the Arctic,” the Committee’s representative said, adding the committee hopes for expert support from the museum’s specialists. According to the document, which is not limited by validity terms, the parties will develop jointly cultural,…

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Russia’s military infrastructure in Arctic is unrivaled, says minister

Russia’s military infrastructure in Arctic is unrivaled, says minister

© Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. Russia’s infrastructure in the Arctic is most advanced and unrivaled in the whole world, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting of the Defense Ministry’s Public Council in Moscow on Monday. “We are pushing ahead with step-by-step work on the Arctic islands. Airdromes are being restored and the most advanced infrastructures created. I can say with certainty that no other country in the world has the type of modern infrastructures Russia has,” Shoigu said. He recalled that military infrastructures were being created on Franz Josef Land, Alexandra Land, Kotelny Island, Sredny Island, Wrangel Island, Cape Schmidt and New…

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Arkhangelsk Region can process excess fish output from Far East

Arkhangelsk Region can process excess fish output from Far East

© Yuri Smityuk/TASS ARKHANGELSK, December 24. /TASS/. The Arkhangelsk Region’s companies are ready to process sardine and saury from the Far East, where Russia expects to build up the production within next 3-5 years. The regional Ministry of Agriculture and Trade says some companies in the Arkhangelsk Region can receive for further processing this fish, delivered by the Northern Sea Route. The Russian fish authority, Rosrybolovstvo, expects production of sardine and mackerel in Russia will grow to one million tonnes within next 3-5 years. In 2018, the production was 150,000 tonnes, which is practically twice the production year-on-year. “Should the Far Eastern companies be interested, enterprises…

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New icebreaker Andrey Vilkitsky departs from St. Petersburg heading for Ob Bay

ST. PETERSBURG, December 20. /TASS/. An official presentation of the Andrey Vilkitsky, an icebreaker built for Gazprom Neft’s Novoportovskoye deposit, was organized in downtown St. Petersburg, a TASS correspondent on board the icebreaker reported on Thursday. “The icebreaker will arrive [to the destination] in late January already,” Gazprom Neft’s representative Denis Sugaipov said during the official ceremony. “After the ceremony, it will depart and along the Northern Sea Route will come directly to the Ob Bay.” The Andrei Vilkitsky icebreaker was built at the Vyborg Shipyard. It is Finland’s project IBSV01. Another icebreaker, the Alexander Sannikov, which was ready in summer, 2018, is also made…

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Rosatom, Yakutia organize working group on small NPPs in the region

YAKUTSK, December 19. /TASS/. The Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation and Yakutia’s authorities organize a working group, which will analyze whether small nuclear power plants could be built in the region, the region’s First Deputy Minister of Energy Vyacheslav Yemelyanov told TASS on Wednesday. Earlier, Rosatom’s CEO Alexei Likhachev told reporters the corporation in early 2019 would present to the Russian government a list of Russian regions, where small nuclear power plants could be made. In autumn, 2018, Rosatom and Yakutia’s government signed an agreement on cooperation in construction of small-capacity nuclear power plants. “We are organizing a working group, which will analyze how small…

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Russia to set up air defense infrastructure in Arctic Ocean in 2019

MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry will finish establishing the infrastructure for setting up air defense systems on the Wrangel Island (Arctic Ocean, Chukchi Sea), Sredniy Island (Arctic Ocean, the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago), and Cape Schmidt (Chukchi Sea) in 2019, Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu said at the ministry’s annual board meeting, where President Vladimir Putin was present. “In 2019, we will finish establishing the infrastructure for placing the infrastructure of air defense radar units and air control centers on the Sredniy Island, the Wrangel Island and Cape Schmidt,” Shoigu said. He added that within the program of establishing the Arctic infrastructure,…

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More than 2,000 people from neighboring countries choose to move to Yamal

TASS, December 18. More than 2,000 people over recent six years have participated in the state-supported program, under which compatriots from the former Soviet Union countries have chosen to move to Russia’s Yamalo-Nenets Region, the local government told TASS on Tuesday. “Under the program, 2,129 people have moved to Yamal, where 1,866 have received the Russian citizenship,” the government’s international department said. “Ukrainians make 67%. The biggest inflow [of the Ukrainian citizens] was in 2014, and later on it declined.” Initially, the program was planned for the period between 2013 and 2018 to attract specialists to the Arctic region. Compatriots from Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Uzbekistan,…

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Several French companies show interest in participation in Arctic LNG 2

PARIS, December 17. /TASS/. Several companies from France take interest in participation in the Arctic LNG 2 plant construction project, Russian Minister of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin told reporters on Monday after the meeting of the Russia-France Council on Economic, Financial, Industrial and Trade Issues (CEFIC). “French companies are discussing potential participation in the Arctic LNG 2 with Novatek now. A pool of investors for this deal is taking shape in general terms now. Volumes are negotiated. Companies from France are interested in participation, not only Total but the whole range of French companies showing interest in participation in this project,” Oreshkin said. In other…

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Taimyr’s university begins unique bachelor’s degree program

TASS, December 17. The only university on the Taimyr Peninsula (the Krasnoyarsk Region) – the Norilsk State Industrial Institute – launched a special training program, based on requests from a future employer – the Norilsk Nickel Company (Nornickel). The Institute’s Acting Head Dmitry Dubrov told TASS about the program and about the plans to open a master degree program and to have new disciplines. The Norilsk State Industrial Institute was established in 1961. Currently, it teaches more than 3,200 students, and further professional education programs are taught to more than 8,000 specialists. Though the Institute is not big and it as yet does not participate…

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Nornickel’s decision on Talnakh plant’s another stage is due in 2019

KRASNOYARSK, December 14. /TASS/. The Norilsk Nickel Company (Nornickel) may adopt an investment decision regarding construction of its Talnakh processing plant’s third stage (north of the Krasnoyarsk Region) in early 2019, the company told TASS on Friday. “The final investment decision may be adopted early next year,” the company said. Earlier, Nornickel said the decision was due in 2018, but, according to Nornickel’s representative, certain necessary procedures have caused the delay. The Talnakh processing plant went operational in 1981. In April 2013, Nornickel announced its upgrade, and the plant’s first upgraded stage was opened in January 2015. After that upgrade, the amount of processed material…

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Nornickel’s new mining plant to launch modern dispatch service before yearend

CHITA, December 14. /TASS/. A modern dispatch management system will begin working at the Bystrinsky mining and processing plant, which Nornickel (the Norilsk Nickel Company) built in Transbaikalia’s south-east and opened in 2017, the Bystrinskoye Mining Company’s Press Secretary Konstantin Veresov told TASS on Friday. “All pre-commissioning works to develop the subsystem’s basic functions have been completed, the system’s experimental launch is scheduled for late 2018,” he said. “The system will provide control and effective management of production processes at the plant, and, in addition to this, the system’s integrated use will cut the emergency response time.” The system controls main production and subordinate processes,…

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Arctic region development requires creation of a coordination center, says deputy PM

ARKHANGELSK, December 12. /TASS/. The comprehensive development of Russia’s Arctic region requires establishing a coordination center that would supervise all major activities, Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev told TASS. On Tuesday, at a meeting with members of the State Commission for the Development of the Arctic in Sabetta (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region), Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced that he had approved the new line up of the commission which will be headed by Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev. “It seems to me that work on the Arctic should be raised to another level. The point is…

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Radiation around Akademik Lomonosov floating NPP remains within regular rates

MURMANSK, December 12. /TASS/. Work of the Akademik Lomonosov floating power unit did not raise the radiation around it, the Murmansk Region’s Secretary of the Public Council on Nuclear Safety Sergei Zhavoronkin told reporters on Tuesday. “The inspection’s results have shown no excessive concentration of radionuclides in the air,” he said. According to him, Atomflot (the nuclear fleet authority) takes measurements regularly. They use both permanent and mobile control stations. Head of the power unit’s tests Alexander Kovalev told reporters the floating power plant would undergo service in 12 years. Another unit for Pevek will be built to replace the Akademik Lomonosov’s service term, he…

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Expansion of Russia’s presence in Arctic should not do harm to environment, says PM

© Lev Fedoseyev/TASS SABETTA, December 11. /TASS/. Expansion of Russia’s presence in the Arctic should not be harmful for environment, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday. “We should not forget about ecology when implementing projects in the Arctic zone. Our presence in the region should not do harm to environment, as it regrettably occurred before,” he said. In other media

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Russian legislators to discuss bill on Arctic toll roads in 2019

SALEKHARD, December 11. /TASS/. The State Duma will discuss in the coming year a bill, which allows construction in the Extreme North of toll roads for trucks, even if they will have no alternative routes there, the legislation’s head of the committee on the North and Far East, Vladimir Pushkarev, told reporters on sidelines of an Arctic media congress on Monday. “It [the bill] has been presented to the State Duma, and now it undergoes respective procedures,” he said. “We expect the committee will have its first reading in early 2019 In January-February.” The bill has been initiated “in the interests of the Yamalo-Nenets Region…

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Expert: Ice degradation stabilizes in the Arctic

ST. PETERSBURG, December 10. /TASS/. The ice in the Arctic seas, which hit the historic minimum levels in the early 2010s, has stabilized, Director of the Arctic and Antarctic Studies Institute Alexander Makarov told TASS. “We monitor the ice situation permanently: in 2007 and in 2012 we registered the absolute minimums of ice areas in the Arctic seas, but the situation has stabilized over recent two years,” he told an Arctic forum. “This season, in the Laptev Sea, the East Siberian Sea the ice situation is very complicated (for navigation because of very thick ice – TASS), thus we cannot say the ice thawing is…

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Investments in development of Yakutia’s Arctic deposits estimated at $5.45 billion

ST. PETERSBURG, December 7. /TASS/. Development of industrial projects in Yakutia’s Arctic zone requires about 360 billion rubles ($5.45 billion) in investments, Yakutia’s Deputy Prime Minister Denis Belozyorov told TASS on sidelines of The Arctic: Present and Future forum on Thursday. “At the stage of preparation we have now [projects on] the North-Yakut backbone zone, the Arktika advance-development territory,” he said. “We plan both investment and anchor projects.” “Work continues in the Oimyakon, Ust-Yana districts,” he continued. “The deposits’ development would require investments of about 360 billion rubles.” According to the official, Alrosa continues development of the Verkhne-Munskoye deposit of diamonds in Yakutia. The deposit…

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Expert: hybrid power plants are the only effective solution for Arctic

ST. PETERSBURG, December 6. /TASS/. Hybrid electric power plants, which use alternative energy sources and diesel fuel, are the only effective solution for the Russian Arctic regions, the Association of Power and Energy Equipment Producers’ Vice President Oleg Yegorychev told The Arctic: Present and Future forum. “In our opinion, the only solution, prompt and rather effective [for the Arctic territories], are hybrid systems: the Sun, wind and diesel,” he said. “Unfortunately, I cannot imagine and nobody can realistically present any other quick solutions.” According to him, the Association considers it very important to have standards for equipment and technology solutions, which will be used actively…

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Russia to organize year-round vessel escort along the Northern Sea Route

ST.PETERSBURG, December 5. /TASS/. Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom plans to organize year-round escort of ships along the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in the Arctic Ocean in the near future, Rosatom’s Head of the NSR Development Department Maxim Kulinko said on Wednesday. He was speaking at the Arctic: Present and Future Forum in St. Petersburg. “In the near future, we expect Rosatom to make year-round piloting (of ships) eastward along the NSR,” he said. He did not specify any time frame when this is planned. Rosatom will carry out this work as an infrastructure operator of the NSR. Currently, the navigation along the NSR is…

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