Coal diggers are building a settlement on the Taymyr tundra
Winter is on its way and workers are in full swing with the development of the Syradasaysky project on Russia’s far northern Taymyr Peninsula. In only few weeks, these desolate tundra lands will be covered in ice and snow and availability will be severely limited.
Project development has been moving ahead with high speed across the whole summer. A big number of ships have been moored along the coast of the Yenisey Bay and many thousand tons of construction materials have been put ashore.
As of 15th of October, as many as seven major cargo ships were located in the area, all of them serving Roman Trotsenko’s AEON and its project company Severnaya Zvezda.
The Syradasayskoye coal field will produce about 5 million tons per year, all of it to be exported through the Northern Sea Route.
By year 2026, the project is to produce about 7 million tons of coal per year, the project developers say.
Workers are now building the village that is to house the people engaged in project development. It will house 300 men and have all necessary facilities, including a power station, satellite connection and internet, General Director of Severnaya Zvezda Stalbek Mishakov told Metalinfo.
The village dormitory will be 1250 square meter big and the cantina - 600 square meter. Later, the village will be extended, Mishakov explains.
Not surprisingly, the power station will be fuelled by coal. In the initial phase it will have a 10 MW capacity. Later, capacity will be extended to 12,5 MW, the Development Corporation for the Far East and Arctic informs.
The station has high environmental standards, the agency argues.
The Syradasaysky project has made a leap forward since cargo ship Yuri Arshenevsky arrived in the area in late March this year. On board were thousands of tons of machinery and construction equipment, including bulldozers, excavators, cranes, drilling equipment and housing modules.
Since then, a 1,5 km long dam has been constructed in the project port area. It will connect the remote sea shore with a terminal for loading of coal. In addition, the 60 km long road that will connect the port terminal with the coal field has been under construction.
According to the project developers, 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.
Severnaya Zvezda intends to invest more than 45 billion rubles (€545 million) in the project by 2025, and at least 2,000 new jobs will be created.
The new coal terminal is one of several major new infrastructure projects currently unfolding in Russia’s far northern Taymyr Peninsula. About 50 km south of the new coal port will come oil company Rosneft’s major Sever oil terminal that is to serve the Vostok Oil project.