Aleksey Sitnikov, the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District Deputy Governor, shared his vision of the Northern Sea Route future development.
The District First Deputy Governor made a report on the development of main Northern water transport route at the Russian Navigation: A Look into the Future Industry Conference in Moscow, according to the District Governor Office of Public Affairs.
Mr Sitnikov pointed out the following during his speech: transport infrastructure is what defines implementation of the state policy in the Arctic regions of the Russian Federation. Existence of seaports, roads, and airports is what “attracts” industry to certain regions, the civil servant pointed out. Industrial companies are not able to operate without transport logistics. Moreover, existence of transport infrastructure allows for prompt construction of new facilities, attraction of investments, and putting financial and bank structures in motion.
Profitability of the Route is certain, as shown by commercial Route expeditions. Navigating though the Arctic allows reducing longevity of voyages almost twofold. 5.5 million tons of goods (hydrocarbons, oil, ore, metal, coal, and grain) were shipped through the Route.
There are 2 major contenders for the Route and Sabetta Seaport operation, according to the Deputy Governor. They are the Yamal LNG and Arctic Gate Oil Offloading Terminal projects. Ice-breaker and tanker fleet is still being constructed for the needs of both projects.
The expected 2020 Route freight volume amounts to 31 million tons, according to the Uzhno-Tambeyskoe Gas Condensate Field development stages and involvement of hydrocarbon from nearby fields.