New wind and solar power station next to Russian Arctic oil field

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The Novy Port project. (Gazprom Neft)
Gazprom Neft starts testing of two wind power generators and 30 solar panels at its new Novy Port field.

The green power installation, which has got the name «Yurta», will feed the management system running a local pipeline pumping unit, Gazprom subsidiary company Gazprom Neft Yamal informs.

It is the first power generating unit of the kind in the Yamal Peninsula.

Nearby is the Novy Port oil field, Gazprom Neft’s new major Arctic project, which in 2016 produced 4,5 million tons of oil. A part of the project are two pipelines from the oil field to the coast of the Gulf of Ob and further to the offshore Arctic Gate terminal installation.

The Yurta power unit is built to operate in temperatures down to minus 60 °C, a press release informs. It is located near the coast of the Ob Bay, in an area with an average wind of 5,5 meter per second. The unit is operated remotely from a far-away company office.

«The use of wind and solar energy in production is a tendency […] with which our company pins its future», says company First Deputy General Director Sergey Devyatyarov.

Novy Port project keeps growing

The development of the Novy Port project is proceeding with full speed. In 2018, Gazprom Neft intends to increase the project’s annual production to 6,3 million tons. The field infrastructure allows for a total annual out-shipment of 8,5 million tons.

With its 250 million tons of oil and condensate reserves, the Novoportovskoye is one of the biggest oil fields in the Yamal Peninsula. The field is located 30 km from the coast of the Ob bay, and oil is transported by pipeline to Cape Kamenny where a terminal facility has been developed.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Arctic offshore drilling too dangerous: Trudeau, Radio Canada International

Finland: Delays over safety clearance, building permit for Fennovoima nuclear project in Finland, Yle News

Norway: Challenging first year for ENI’s oil production in the Barents Sea, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Russian company Gazprom prepares for Arctic drilling in new Yamal Peninsula projects, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Northern Sweden cities on shortlist for battery gigafactory, Radio Sweden

United States:  Alaska warms to solar power as prices fall and benefits grow, Alaska Dispatch News

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Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer

Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer

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