The Northern hydrocarbon route: six new offshore projects of Rosatom

On April 1, 2019, in accordance with the decree of the President of the Russian Federation, the Federal State Unitary Enterprise "Hydrographic Enterprise" was included into the State Corporation "Rosatom". During the transfer, the enterprise was endowed with new functions of the construction and operation of the port infrastructure.

As part of the federal project for the development of the Northern Sea Route, in the coming years, the enterprise shall contribute to a multiple increase in the export of hydrocarbons in the Arctic. During the forum "Port Infrastructure: New Construction, Modernization, Operation" Deputy General Director for Development of FSUE "Hydrographic Enterprise" Andrey Chumachenko spoke about six ongoing and promising port infrastructure development projects.



"Utrenny" LNG and stable gas condensate receiving facility

The investor of the facility is PJSC Novatek. Since 2019, federal property facilities have been under construction. Their cost is 95.75 billion rubles.

In 2026, the cargo turnover of the facility shall amount to 21.6 million tons. The project implementation period is 2020 - 2022.

“In 2020 - 2022, the project will perform dredging operation of 20.5 million cubic meters. Last year, 11.9 million cubic meters of soil was worked out, this year it is planned to drag 8.6 million cubic meters", - said the representative of the" Hydrographic Enterprise".

Терминал сжиженного природного газа и стабильного газового конденсата «Утренний»


"Obsky" LNG receiving facility

The project investor is also PJSC Novatek represented by its subsidiary Obskiy LNG.

The planned cargo turnover of the facility is 4.8 million tons of LNG. The cost of building federal infrastructure facilities is 1.8 billion rubles; their construction will begin in 2022. The works have already received positive findings from the General Board of State Expert Review.

Терминал сжиженного природного газа «Обский»


Reconstruction of the entrance passage in the Gulf of Ob

The increase in cargo traffic due to the increase in transit and the launch of Utrenny and Obskiy receiving facility revealed the need to reconstruct the entrance passage in the Kara Sea.

As a result of the work, it will be expanded to 573 m, it will become 56.4 km long, and 15.1 m deep, so it possible to lay up to 5 ice channels during winter navigation.

The value of the project is 35.5 billion rubles, the work is expected to be completed in 2022.

As part of the first stage, this year dredging in the amount of 48.5 million cubic meters will be performed. Last year, a record 32.5 million cubic meters of soil was dragged in a short navigation of 80 days. 

Реконструкция судоходного подходного канала в Обской губе


The Port of Bay North oil terminal 

The investors are Taimyrneftegaz-Port and Vostok Oil. By 2025, the cargo turnover of the facility shall amount to 26.1 million tons. The project value is more than 80 billion rubles, of which the federal component is 3.2 billion rubles.

As a result of dredging operations, the water area of the facility will be deepened to 18 m. At the moment, a positive expert opinion on the technical part of the design documentation has been received.

The planned commissioning date is 2024

Нефтяной терминал «Порт бухта Север»


Offshore coal terminal based on the Syradasay coal deposit

The investor is OOO Severnaya Zvezda, which plans to invest about 7 billion rubles in construction. RUB 3.038 billion will be invested from the federal budget.

It is planned that the terminal will reach an indicator of cargo turnover of 7 million tons of coal per year. The investor has received a building permission, design and survey work is being performed.

Implementation timeline is 2021 - 2024.

Морской угольный терминал на базе Сырадасайского угольного месторождения


Monitoring system of hydrometeorological factors (MSHF) of the Seaway Canal

Undoubtedly, it is impossible to ensure the safety of such a cargo flow of hydrocarbons without reliable hydrometeorological information. For this, the MSHF will be created, which will transmit data to the headquarters of sea operations of FSUE Atomflot.

Recently, the "Hydrographic Enterprise" has put out the design and survey work of the project to tender.

“In December 2022, it is planned to transfer the system to trial operation, and in November 2023 it is expected to transfer it to industrial operation,” concluded Andrey Chumachenko.


Photo: Marine News of Russia

Illustrations: FSUE "Hydrographic Enterprise"