New production platform arrives in Utrenneye. It is part of Russia's big push into Arctic LNG
The huge gravity-based structure that set out from Belokamenka on the 21st of July has arrived to its destination on the eastern bank of the Ob Bay.
Photos from site show how the more than 110 meter high installation is towed through the shallow waters towards the new seaport built on pristine tundra lands.
According to the project operator, the platform spent 21 days on the voyage from the Kola Bay, a distance of more than 2000 km. It is reportedly the first time ever that such a large installation has been towed at sea.
The Utrenneye port has been under development since 2019 and is the logistics hub for Novatek’s grand project Arctic LNG 2. On site are a number of new industrial objects, pipelines and public infrastructure.
That includes housing blocks for several thousand people, an airport, hotel and other facilities.
The arrival of the 640,000 ton heavy installation to Gydan is a landmark for the project that will be Russia’s biggest of the kind. Up to 20 million tons of LNG will ultimately be produced on site.
The coastal infrastructure on site is now 99 percent ready, head of construction at Utrenneye Sergei Komlev says to Rossiya1. The gravity-based structure is now to be connected to land-based facilities, and the first liquified natural gas will reportedly be produced already this year.
The LNG is based on the resources of the nearby Salmanovskoye field that holds an estimated 1,4 trillion cubic meters of gas.
Despite the mounting international sanctions imposed on Russia following its full-scale attack on Ukraine, Novatek has managed to proceed with the Arctic LNG 2.
The sanctions adopted by the EU and USA in 2022 threatened to deal a fatal blow to Novatek’s LNG projects. But the company has managed to circumvent the restrictions and find alternative suppliers of the goods.
Novatek appears confident that it will be able to complete also its planned second and third gravity-based structures, and shortly after the first unit set off towards Gydan the company shared information about successful progress at the second unit.
The Arctic LNG 2 is one of several major industrial project now unfolding in the area of the Gulf of Ob. The unprecedented industrial development in and around the shallow bay now threatens the unique Arctic ecosystem. The extensive development of the area could have fatal consequences for marine life, and environmentalists now sound the alarm. They especially fear that ongoing dredging ultimately could eliminate rare local fish stocks.