The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade prepared a project to establish industry for supplying oil and gas mining engineering equipment and technology for the development of the Arctic field until 2020. The Ministry will allocate 23.7 billion rubles budget and 11.7 billion rubles extra-budgetary funds for research and create of models of equipment for the development of land and sea parts of the Arctic. As a result of the implementation of the project the payments of the budget and extra-budgetary funds should amount 51.7 billion rubles, according to the estimates. The decision is part from the large-scale exploration of the Arctic zones of Russian shelf and development of oil resources.
The technologies and equipment for oil production in the Arctic cannot be delivered to Russia from abroad, because of the US and EU sanctions. The objectives of the project are development of technology, as according to the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, the country has no modern technologies for prospecting and exploration of deposits on the Arctic shelf, and the dependence of the mining and oil and gas sectors from imports exceeds 80%.
The most critical situation is with the software, which relies on 90% from the imports. At the same time the agency considers a threat when using a foreign IT-technology, as a possibility of data leakage. As the main goal of the Ministry of Industry sees the creation of at least 25 samples of import-substituting equipment and three sites for their testing – Western-Arctic in Murmansk, the Eastern Arctic in Tiksi and the Nenets on the coast of the Pechora Sea. The local authorities want development of new samples for the exploration and mining, as well as LNG projects.
The project also considered marine seismic support, which formed a significant gap from the world level. According to the Industry and Trade Ministry, now the Russian seismic vessels operating on the continental shelf, which are fitted with foreign equipment in Russia, however, which is old and practically not produced and maintained. In this regard, the Ministry of Industry emphasize the need for the construction of new vessels for 3D seismic survey.
“A full-scale production on the Arctic shelf will not begin before 2025”, points out the Russian Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade. “Currently is being developed only Prirazlomnoye field in the Pechora Sea, owned by Gazprom oil”, adds the local authorities. In this regard, it proposes to pay attention to environmental monitoring systems, technologies and equipment for oil and gas platforms and subsea production systems.