Energy will become the driver of development in the Arctic
16:32 17 февраля 2017
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Energy and infrastructural projects should become an impulse for development of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation in the coming years. Such opinion on the international conference “Arctic 2017” was expressed by the deputy director of the department of state energy policy of the Ministry for energy of the Russian Federation Sergey Romanov.
Development of the Arctic is an opportunity, which will allow greatly accelerating the country’s economy, providing many opportunities for development of industry of corresponding arctic regions. Energy is clearly one of the drivers of arctic development. Oil and gas companies are the first to come to undeveloped regions, begin to build extracting enterprises, processing enterprises there, as he says.
According to Sergey Romanov, such projects as “Yamal LNG”, Sabetta, “Vorota Arktiki” oil terminal, the platform “Prirazlomnaya”, oil and gas production in Yamal, in Nenets Autonomous Okrug, development of the Gydan Peninsula give a big impulse. But, at the same time, the question arises, what will replace these projects in the future. Because extraction of oil and gas gives the first impulse, but it is important that other sectors of economy also should be in the Arctic, as he says.
The expert underlines that energy projects will play a major role in development of transport corridors, for example the Northern Sea Route, as TASS informs. Energy projects will have greater influence on development of this transport corridor, because hydrocarbons will go from the Arctic to Europe and various countries exactly on the Northern Sea Route. It is very important that the country not only exports resources, but also gives a great impulse to development of the Arctic shipbuilding. The nuclear-powered icebreaking fleet began to develop after quite a long pause; tankers, gas carriers are being built, and all this gives an impulse to development of real sectors of economy, as Sergey Romanov says. He notes that a careful and balanced approach is necessary to projects in the Arctic zone; it needs to assess their realism, because mistakes here are much more expensive than anywhere else. Fragile ecology of the region is also among the reasons for this, as the deputy director of the department says.
The first deputy chairman of the Committee of the State Duma on energy Igor Ananskikh underlines that the Arctic is the closest vector of development in the country. This vector, of course, includes development of towns in the Arctic, exploration and production of natural resources and, of course, development of the Northern Sea Route. This should give an impulse to development of other sectors of economy, as he says.
According to the words of the deputy director of department on development of interregional and border cooperation at the Ministry for economic development of the Russian Federation Dmitriy Fishkin, about 150 priority projects are planned and being fulfilled in the Arctic. Their total cost makes 5 trillion rubles, 4 trillion of which are from extra-budgetary sources.