New coal terminal project underway in Arctic Russia

A file photo of a map of Russia, including the Arctic. The building of the terminal facility for the new project will start in 2022, the regional government of Krasnoyarsk says. (iStock)

A major infrastructure project is unfolding on the remote coast of the Kara Sea.

A significant number of excavators, bulldozers and trucks are busy with the building of what will become a new major piece of infrastructure in the Russian Arctic.

The ongoing construction of a 1,5 km long dam is to be completed in the course of the year. It will connect the remote sea shore with a terminal for loading of coal.

The subsequent building of the terminal facility will start in 2022, the regional government of Krasnoyarsk informs.

Behind the project stands Severnaya Zvezda, a subsidiary of businessman Roman Trotsenko’s AEON.

Eight ships in Yenisey Bay

The company in early summer this year also started construction of the 60 km long road that will connect the terminal with the Syradasayskoye coal field.

In the last days of August, a total of eight ships were moored in Yenisey Bay, near the site of the projected terminal, ship tracking data show.

“We plan to start construction of the terminal early next year,” company General Director Stalbek Mishakov says in a comment.

“The Yenisey Seaport will include mooring points for both cargo and support ships, a coastal zone and connecting dam where a conveyer line and ship loader will be built, and these are among the most important objects in our project,” Mishakov underlines.

7 million tons of coal per year predicted

The terminal berth will be 300 meter long, which allows for the handling of 100,000 ton deadweight ships. The whole infrastructure object will ultimately cover a 20 hectare area, and also a storage facility for up to 1 million tons of coal will be built, the developers say.

By year 2026, the project is to produce about 7 million tons of coal per year.

Severnaya Zvezda intends to invest more than 45 billion rubles in the project by 2025, and at least 2,000 new jobs will be created.

The Yenisey Seaport is one of several major new infrastructure project currently unfolding in Russia’s far northern Taymyr Peninsula.  About 50 km south of the new coal terminal will come oil company Rosneft’s major Sever oil terminal that is to serve the Vostok Oil project.

Related stories from around the North: 

Canada: Potential Canadian Northern Corridor would present unique security challenges and opportunities, say researchers, Eye on the Arctic

Finland: The world could transition entirely to cheap, safe renewable energy before 2050: Finnish study, Yle News

Greenland: Greenlandic government suspends oil exploration over climate concerns, Eye on the Arctic

Norway: Hungry for more oil, Norway aims for €36 billion investments in new fields, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Big oil, gas and coal making headway on Russian Arctic coast, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Sweden’s solar industry sees bright future despite shrinking subsidies, Radio Sweden

United States: Alaska’s Northwest Arctic Borough gets $2 million tribal energy grant, Alaska Public Media

Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer

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