ASOP Signs Agreement with the Nenets Autonomous District on cooperation in development of sea ports

October 6, 2014

On October 2, 2014 in the TRANSTEC 2014 Exhibition in St. Petersburg, a signing ceremony took place for a cooperation agreement between the Association of Commercial Sea Ports (ASOP) and the Administration of the Nenets Autonomous District in the sphere of development of sea ports NAO.

Cooperation between the Administration of the Nenets Autonomous District and ASOP will be carried out in the following areas: participation in the development and review of long-term plans, programs, projects and other documents aimed at development of infrastructure marine terminals NAO; the development of PPPs in the course of implementation of strategic investment projects of construction (reconstruction); promote the development of marine terminals in the NAO.

As he said in an interview with news agency “Morvesti.Ru” Vladimir Blank, deputy head of the administration of the Nenets Autonomous District on issues of infrastructure development, the Nenets district now produces 15 million tons of oil a year, most of which is exported by sea.

“The possibilities for future oil and gas are much higher than current figures, hence the need for new port facilities. Regional administration assumes through a signed agreement to attract professionals from ASOP for port development. We believe the port of Naryan-Mara is a promising upgrade and the construction of a fundamentally new port in indigo. Naryan-Mar will take its place in the field of maintenance of production on the shelf, but the main jewel of our region is Indigo “- the official said.

“Port Indigo is fundamentally different from the port of Sabetta – continued B. Blank. – There’s a very different climatic conditions, the next port is located west of the Kara Gate, so the ice conditions there are perhaps even better than in St. Petersburg.  Indigo also has a sheltered bay with a rather great natural depth of 15 – 20 meters.”

“Many people wonder why this project did not proceed in the 90 and 2000s. Most likely, this is due to the fact that in the region lacked large companies. Larger companies are now entering the Nenets district, and they have a great potential for production growth. Accordingly, the regional authorities should provide the infrastructure. We are seriously concerned about the construction of roads and port infrastructure. At first everything is done solely by the investors, but we believe that it is necessary to invest in the regional budget “, – concluded the deputy head of the district administration.

In turn, the Executive Director of ASOP Serik Zhusupov noted the importance of the fact that participation in the project today attracts both foreign and domestic experts.

“It is important that Russia’s potential is used, with experts who have vast experience in implementing large projects. The representatives of the association have a huge number of developments and high-level professionals who will assist in the implementation of the Nenets Okrug investment plans, “- said S. Zhusupov.

Source: Maritime News of Russia

Yamal-Nenets Region Background

The Yamal LNG project is based in the estuary of the Ob River which is ice-bound nine months of the year. The project ensures production and marketing of the Russian Arctic’s vast natural gas reserves and has involved the construction of a major new maritime route for transporting liquefied natural gas to Europe and Asia.

The Yamal LNG project is one of the largest industrial undertakings in the Arctic. It will eventually involve the drilling of more than 200 wells, the construction of 3 LNG trains, each with a capacity of 5.5 million tons per year, and a vast gas terminal, and the commissioning (a world first) of 16 icebreaker tankers, each able to transport 170,000 m³.

This ground-breaking project in the Yamal peninsula, to develop the huge South Tambey condensate gas field, calls on Yamal LNG’s logistical and industrial expertise in terms of managing LNG production in extremely cold conditions with the help of high-performance technologies. Total is leading the project as part of a strategic alliance with Novatek, Russia’s second-largest independent natural gas producer.

Key figures

Capacity: 16.5 Mt/y produced by 3 LNG trains

Operator: Yamal LNG, a joint-venture company owned by Novatek (60%), Total (20%) and CNPC (20%

Come winter, come summer, an LNG tanker will come to load its cargo at the Yamal LNG terminal every 38 hours. This steady traffic will make the Sabetta seaport one of the busiest in the Far North. Year-round navigation will be possible thanks to an effective ice-management system.

The design of the seaport and its jetties draws on extensive studies of local sedimentology and ice behavior, conducted with the help of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) of Saint Petersburg–the undisputed scientific expert in this field. The protective systems deployed are based on existing technologies that have passed muster in similar conditions at the Russian port of Dudinka. Two huge anti-ice barriers will protect the Sabetta seaport and its tanker traffic from accumulations of ice during ice jams, and from drifting blocks of fast ice during ice break-up.

A fleet of 6 icebreakers will be mobilized to keep the port access channel free and clear and ensure year-round navigable conditions all the way to the LNG terminal. Models of currents and ice conditions in the Gulf of Ob will be used to optimize these fairways. In addition, Total’s “extreme cold” experts are currently reviewing technologies for limiting brash ice that have already been tested in the United States and Finland. Brash ice is an accumulation of floating ice made up of fragments and debris left in the wake of icebreaking vessels.

Deploying this portfolio of proven solutions beyond the Arctic Circle opens the way to a new and important shipping route for liquefied natural gas.