Twenty ice-resistant platforms for oil extraction to be built in the Murmansk Region

It is planned to build 20 sea ice-resistant platforms for oil extraction and 50 ships for supplying these platforms in the Murmansk Region by 2020. The platforms can cost $20 billion and the ships – 1.5 billion more.

Gazprombank is expected to finance the project. Uralmash oil and gas equipment and Project Technologies company can participate in the building of the platforms. Singaporean Keppel FELS, Korean Samsung Heavy Industries and Chinese TSC Offshore may join the project as well.

The name of the ordering customer remains unknown. It can be Rosneft state company, Gazprom, Novatek or French Total.

The United shipbuilding corporation is reported to know about the project as well. Governor of the  Murmansk Region, Dmitry Dmitienko reports, officials discussed the project with the corporation several times.

Currently Russia doesn’t lead extraction at Arctic shelf, though this region is considered to be one of the most perspective. In 2009 Russian President Dmitry Medvedev  signed a decree, according to which shelf deposits were given to state companies without auctions. The building of the first drilling and extraction Russian platform Prirazlomnaya is being completed at Arctic shelf of the Murmansk Region.



Translated by Alexandra Utyasheva

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