The future of Dikson on the agenda. Photo: Thomas Nilsen

Governor outlines master plan for Arctic outpost Dikson

Two new sea ports must be built to serve the projected grand coal project in the area, regional governor Viktor Tolokonsky says
June 27, 2016

A new industrial cluster should be developed around Dikson, Tolokonsky argues. According to the regional leader, two new port facilities, each with a projected annual capacity of five million tons of goods, must be built in order to serve the nearby Taybass coal basin. In addition, service centers for the shipping industry, rescue services, as well as ship fuel and repair service can be established, he says. 

Tolokonsky spoke in a recent meeting in his regional Polar Commission, a body established to follow up regional Arctic initiatives.

The Taybass is believed to hold some of the biggest remaining coal reserves in the country. It is located near the western shore of the Taymyr Peninsula. Coal production in the area is planned boosted to 20 million tons already in year 2020, the Krasnoyarsk regional government informs

The project is developed by the Arctic Ore Company and Vostokugol.

As previously reported, the ice-protected «Ivan Papanin» in early May left Murmansk with a shipload of mining equipment, including special excavators and tractors. More shiploads will follow the same route to Dikson every month all through the summer season.

Dikson was founded in 1915 and grew into a small town as the importance of the Arctic increased for the Soviet Union. Dikson served a Polar station with a radio communication unit and a metrological and geophysical observatory. During Cold War, an airfield was built and smaller military units deployed.

Today, there is only about 500 people left in town.

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Dikson is named after a Swede. Arctic explorer Baron Oscar Dickson sailed on numerous voyages along Russia’s remote Siberian coast. With pockets full of money, Dickson sponsored way more famous expeditions, like Nordenskiold’s North east Passage voyage with “Vega” and Fridtjof Namsen’s Arctic sea ice journey with the “Fram”.

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