New Upgrades For Russian Arctic Sea Ports

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Redevelopment at Dikson, Dudinka and Yenisei SeaPorts to service Coal, Oil, Gas and Nickel Industries and Northern Sea Passage Route

The development of the Russian Arctic is continuing with significant investments being made in Arctic Ports at Yenisei, Dikson and Dudinka. Russia’s state-owned nuclear authority Rosatom and Japan’s AEON Corporation have agreed joint ventures to build ice-class, nuclear powered ships to transport coal from the Syradasayskoye coal fields – one of the world’s largest at 5 billion tonnes – in the Taimyr Peninsula.

The agreement is to build Arc5 class vessels to deliver general cargo and products from Syradasayskoye, also part of AEON. This is 110km from Dikson in Russia’s Far East Arctic Krasnoyarsk Region. A new Yenisei seaport will be constructed.

Russia’s Nornickel (the Norilsk Nickel Company) also has regional plans to invest US$353 million in an upgrade of Dudinka port, also in Krasnoyarsk. The port’s capacity will grow by a third, the company’s Senior Vice President Sergei Dubovitsky said on Friday. Dudinka port is managed by Nornickel’s Polar Division and is a combined sea and river port. It has year-round services with Arkhangelsk and Murmansk, and during summer navigation seasons — by the river with Krasnoyarsk and Dikson. The port is connected with Norilsk, a major Russian mining centre by rail and road.

The Russian Arctic is starting to open up partially as a result of global warming and partially as a result of improved technologies. The Russian government has issued several incentives for businesses to invest in the region, including creating the world’s largest free trade zone, free land, and tax incentives. The redeveloped Krasnoyarsk Sea Ports will also service the Northern Sea Passage, a crucial and time-saving route between Asia and Europe.

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